I said I was going to post photos of Snowpocalypse, so here I am doing it. A week later, and only from the first day of the snow storm, (I never ventured out in snowpocalypse again to take photos after that.) But hey, I’m still doing it. Good things take time, right? Time to crop, edit, turn into a black and white photo on some, yada, yada. Here are the photos:


A pop of color in the snow


So, basically, in Oregon, we call it a Snowpocalypse or a Snowmagedon when we get a few inches of snow. We know all of you up north of us or in colder states are laughing because when you get a blizzard you get a few more feet of snow, not inches. And it stays all winter. Yeah. I know. I grew up in Michigan during my elementary school days. Schools and businesses never shut down for a few inches of snow or they’d be closed all winter.


Ferns in the snow


But in Oregon, we don’t get a lot of snow and our city is not prepared to deal with it i.e., not enough bulldozers, sand, salt, de-icer, ect. to cover the whole city, so roads get slick and icy pretty quick and nobody wants to go out driving in it because you may end up doing circles in the road. I know. I did a half circle on the road last weekend.


Narnia? Oh where art thou, Narnia?


People were running to the stores this time last week trying to stock up on groceries. I went to the library to stock up on books. And got a few random items at the Discounts Only store in Gresham. That was it. I had enough food to last me several days. Why run to the store and get more when I didn’t need to? Sheesh, people! Get with it already! The big joke was that the Portland area stores ran out of kale in everyone’s mad dash to get groceries. In truth, stores ran out of a whole lot of everything last Friday. Nothing like mass panic to boost all the grocery stores sales for a day!


No apples on the apple treeMail, anyone?

Beauty, shining through.Peeking through to a winter wonderlandTwinnin''Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light'Black and white and snowy all over


Then, the rains came in and washed away the snow Sunday night. Just in time for my mom to start her radiation treatments up at OHSU.

Her cancer got worse so she got taken off the trial program she was on and is doing radiation because one of the spots in her lungs is as big as a small egg now. Time to bring in the big guns!

The interesting news was that, up until this past summer, she had been beating back her cancer as one of her doctor’s top patients in the trial program. Only to find out she’d been doing it all on a placebo drug and many, many prayers when her doctor finally checked at the time he had to take her off of the trial program to get her into radiation. Wow. Keep praying. For her and for the family as we are all trying to get through this awful thing called cancer.

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Casual outfit idea for Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s day colors. Pinks, purples, reds, whites and creamy whites. I’m definitely a girly girl. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with not being one, either. I don’t have a lot of outfits with hearts all over them – although I can think of one top – I’ll have to make sure that gets into the rotation this next week. But I do have lots of red and pink sweaters and tops. And a few purple or white ones. Time to bring them all out this coming week!


Pink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow boots

Sweater is from Ann Taylor Loft – end of season a previous year. Off-white coat, Ross, jeans, given to me – old. Slouchy bow boots, Kohl’s end of season, purple sunglasses, old. Betsey Johnson bow bag, similar here.

Before the snow hit, we got some photos in this fun winter outfit, that is not only warm, but perfect for Valentine’s day. It would be pretty to get some more photos on a snow day, but the snow is already half melted and I didn’t have anyone who could help take photos for me yesterday when it was really pretty out. So I tromped around in the snow in my over-sized rain boots. (Used to be my kids, but they’ve outgrown them. Now I wear them in the snow since I don’t actually have a good pair of winter boots. I should ought to remedy that!)

I’ll have to post some of my photos on here from my snow day later, but for now, this outfit, though. I love bright pink. Such a fun color and bright colors are my friend. I love this coat, also worn hereI’m always afraid I’m going to get it dirty, though. Last time I wore it I got a glob of mascara on it. Luckily, it did come out! And slouchy boots are so in again. I’ve had these for a while, but it’s always nice to have styles come back in again! At least style you like.


Pink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow boots

Pink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow bootsPink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow bootsPink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow bootsPink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow boots

I feel bad for the poor trees that were just starting to bloom before the cold blast came in. Luckily they weren’t in full bloom, so they can finish trying to bloom later on when the temps warm up for good. It just goes to show you, sometime you’ve just got to bloom when the timing is right. It may feel like ‘right now’ is the right time to bloom, but God knows what’s best and his timing is always perfect.

To all my peeps in the northern hemisphere – stay warm this week!


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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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