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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How to find moments of peace when life gets crazy busy

It seem like this month has been so busy. Everything is winding down a bit now, but that brings up the question: How to find peace or peaceful moments amidst life’s craziness?


Gilkey covered bridge


First and foremost, you have to create them! 

I like to stop and take photos of something pretty or something I like. I seriously stopped on the side of the road to take a photo of a covered bridge on my way to set last week. I wished I’d brought my good camera, but all I had was my phone camera. It’s all good.
Also, while not being used on set, some of us walked down to the river and just soaked in all the peacefulness nature brings. Ah. Good for your soul.


Brilliant yellow


Take time to exercise.

I’ve been on set a lot lately. Up early, long days – eventually tiredness creeps in. I found myself trying to do some light stretching exercises to relax aching muscles on set in between takes or while in holding. I don’t have a lot of time when I get home some days, so whatever exercises I do on set is all that gets done. Most days we are walking around a lot, too, but some days you are just sitting in holding munching on snacks and talking with all the other extras or actors. I end up feeling a bit stiff after a while so I try to stretch it out while I have down time.


Some say a weed, others say a flower...



I needed to work on a script for an acting job while hanging out on set as an extra. The first day they just used our cars, so the second day I brought my script and started working on it during all the down time. It really helped since I was way too tired by the time I got home to deal with it. Work while you wait!


White wild flowers



Take a bath, have a glass of wine, read a book. Take time to wind down at the end of the day before going to sleep. Take a nap on your day off, or get a massage. (Yes, please!)


End of the day at Thomas Creek


Learn to say no

If you have too much going on, it’s okay to say no to new things trying to grab your attention. I need reminded of this one myself!


Morning glory



Learn to prioritize what needs your immediate attention and what can be left for a later date. Are getting groceries and doing laundry more important than washing your car? Do those things first before your energy wanes.


An alien looking bug


Listen to music

If you need soothing music, listen to that. If you feel like dancing around the house, find a more upbeat tune. And by all means, dance if the mood strikes you!


Rays of light



Take deep breaths. It calms you down. Relaxes your body. Tells your body: ‘There’s no stress here. All is okay in my world.’ Helps you fall asleep and wake up refreshed and ready for another crazy busy day.


Pop of color by the river


Know that this is not that important

After all, tomorrow is another day!


A peaceful moment at Thomas Creek


Peace out babes! (And guys, but that just didn’t have as good of a ring to it.)


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