Here comes the sun


july rebel canon 054


After weeks and weeks of rain ……and rain …… and rain………



……………..sun is shining most everyday now.

The damp weather put my planned painting projects on hold

so you might think I am painting non stop now.


Oh how wrong you are!


Who can stay home on a sunny summer day after

enduring the wettest spring and summer ever?

Not me!

I have been out ……..capturing the images of summer in the city…

The plants are showing the benefits of the wet stuff.

downtown summer 2013 023



july rebel canon 040




downtown summer 2013 019




downtown summer 2013 004







july rebel canon 039



downtown summer 2013 002








The bikes are getting a work out on the trail.







This serious look????  me remembering all the unfinished projects waiting for me at home.


Mountain Cabin/Lodge

Did you ever have a dream that you just can’t let go?


Love log cabins


The serenity and beauty of the mountains is less than an hour’s drive away.

It’s close enough to make the trip quite often.  We find mountain trails to hike when weather permits.

Often, I entertain the thought of actually living in one of those homes we pass.

My imagination starts designing the blue prints for this imaginary cabin/lodge.

Some days I imagine a small cabin; not much to clean… and other days nothing less than a lodge will do.

After all,  how much would I enjoy a mountain home without having room for family and friends to visit often?

Although my imaginary design changes, some things remain the same.


tahoe quarterly smith house 2004 - reclaimed redwood clapboard siding




There must be lots of windows to soak in the views.             


And there must be porches.


A place to have morning coffee and/or a glass of wine while watching the sun set. “sigh”.


I’m enjoying these pictures from pinterest  until……..,,,,………..… my dream

becomes a reality.




Mountain Cabin





Blessings through raindrops



To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings. 




When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place..  C S Lewis


Canon Rebel 014


Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.


Canon Rebel 013

 Some of our greatest blessings come with patience….. by warren wiersbe



                                   Bumps are the things we climb on.




Anything is a blessing which makes us pray.





A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.






But the blessing Christ promised, the blessing of great reward, is a reward of grace




Canon Rebel 020


‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

by Laura Story


Blessed friends, hope you enjoyed the beautiful summer flowers. Four of the photos are from my sister’s flower gardens.

Her green thumb has won her numerous ribbons at the fair. Thanks Sis for letting me borrow your pictures.

What an awesome sister!