Found in my backyard

This is my backyard on the north side of my house. During the summer my backyard gets enough sun for me if I want to sit out there and tan. However, it has enough shade that I do not have to water the grass at all. Moving into fall and winter when there are sunny days very little sun shines in the back of the house.
The yard guys mowed and blew the leaves just over a week ago. Those toadstools grew pretty darn fast in just a week. When the sun came out for a bit today I could see that the shadow of the house ends right after the farthest out toadstool.

Fall is definately here in PDX

It really turned to fall weather here today. Some light rain, cloudy all day and boy are the leaves falling. I have only been home from Palm Springs for four days but I am ready to go somewhere warm and sunny again. I think next month I will schedule a quick trip somewhere. I am not sure where yet. Whatever I can find using my timeshare points and decent airfare will work for me. That’s my to do for this weekend.

Where I would rather be right now is viewing these sites on Isla Mujeres. I doesn’t help that I am getting emails daily from a few friends who are on Isla right now.

A beautiful fall day in Milwaukie, Oregon


Small town charm, life on the waterfront, easy access to big city amenities – all of these describe the “City of Dogwoods”. Located between historical Oregon City and Portland, on Highways 99E and 224 in Clackamas County, Milwaukie offers all that and more to visitors and residents. Named as one of the 50 best places to raise a family, Milwaukie provides a clean environment, good transportation, schools and health care, and many cultural opportunities.


Fall has arrived in PDX

Fall has definitely arrived. The mornings for the past week or so have been cool with temps in the high 40s or low 50s. The days though have been beautiful with temps in the mid to high 80s.It has been a bit breezy which has caused the fire danger to rise significantly.
A friend of mine and her husband moved from Portland to Kauai in 1995. During one visit with them Karen told me how much she missed the seasons changing. That fall I found three very colorful redish maple leaves and glued them to gold foil paper and framed it. I sent it to Karen as a Christmas gift. She loved it. Then they moved back to the mainland for a few years and have since moved to Roatan. Last fall I sent Karen a photo of the autumn leaves and her response was: “Thanks for the picture. One of my most treasured things is the leaves in the frame that you gave Jack and me in Kauai. I look at it every day, as it is prominently displayed in my living room.”

My fuchsia is slowly thinning out and not producing many new blooms.

The leaves on the trees are turning yellow and brown and dropping like crazy.