Leach Botanical Gardens

The Leach Botanical Gardens are a beautiful spot to visit in the spring. Flowers are blooming everywhere. The paths through the trees are lined with flowering clover, azaleas, trillium flowers and other spring blooms. If you are looking for a place to take mom in the Portland area, look no further.

On a hot day, there is ample shade to keep you cool. On a cool day, bring a jacket so you won’t be cold while wandering the paths.

I’ve came here a few years ago with my family and my dad was still able to walk around all the paths at that time. Now it may be harder for him to do so with his neuropathy. It sounds like in the next year they will be building an aerial tree path and a central pathway from the Manor House to the Upper Garden, which may make things easier for my dad to get around. I’ll have to go back and see the changes next spring.

A peaceful place

The above photo is for my mom, who likes purple and is still battling cancer. She just started back in chemo after a round of radiation. The cancer just won’t quit. Since she likes purple, I’ve decided purple is her ‘fight’ color. Remember my mom in your prayers.

 

To all you other mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! Treat mom to a wonderful bouquet of flowers for 15% off on The Bouqs with code MOMSDAY15

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Snowpocalypse

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 tree Mail, anyone?

Beauty, shining through. Peeking through to a winter wonderland Twinnin' '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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