Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  A big thank you to everyone who has stopped by to visit, left comments, and to my fellow photo bloggers who provide me with inspiration!  Let me know what your favorite posts have been or if there are topics and or photos you’d like me to cover.  I’m always looking forward to finding new treasures in Springfield and Eugene Oregon to share with you, topics that inspire photos or photos that inspire topics, photo ops with our numerous pets, and I’m really looking forward to covering graduation in May when I complete my Masters of Social Work and finally meet my fellow classmates and professors at the University of Southern California!   Have a safe and joyous New Year.  Always, Jasmine

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


First Canvas Print

I ordered my first canvas print of a photo I took last year for Alana’s 9th birthday at Chuck E Cheese, the girls were on a small merry go round there.  While I didn’t keep the canvas print, it was given to Zoey for Christmas tonight, I was happy to see how it turned out and may have to do more of these in the future!  This photo has meant a lot to us this year, as it captured the last time we saw Alana’s mom.  We are happy to have both gotten to speak with Alana this Christmas and know that she is happy and doing well in school.  IMGP3581

Merry Christmas

This year we went to Toledo, Oregon to spend Christmas with Jeremy’s mom and dad.  I was excited because it was the first time we took our puppy Lau there and they live about 8 miles or less from the coast in Newport.  So yesterday I got to introduce Lau to the ocean.  Initially he was most excited to greet the people walking on the coast until we got yelled for having him off leash by a woman who I could tell didn’t like dogs.  I hadn’t expected so many people to be there so I put him back on a leash and walked out to the water.IMGP3556 Boy it was cold!  He didn’t seem to mind so I let him go out until the water hit his belly.  My boots were full of water, as were my jeans.  My mom in law Sandee took this picture of us.  IMGP3569We hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

Snow Day


We don’t get a whole lot of snow in the Willamette Valley and often it comes after Christmas and in January.  Last night as I was driving home from a late night soccer game it started snowing and its been snowing on and off today. At one point I was driving and in less than a mile I was driving and it was snowing, then raining, and then the sun was out strong.  We don’t have the best drivers when it comes to driving in the snow in Oregon, I was most annoyed and concerned by the number of people driving without their headlights this morning!  It will be interesting to see what the weather does for the remainder of the week.   IMGP3549

DIY Bookmarks

With a break from school I have been enjoying reading for fun.  I am terrible at finding my bookmarks though, which means I end up using scrap paper or even kleenex to mark my spot.  I enjoy collecting meaningful quotes but often don’t know what to do with them.  Today I got the bright idea to make my own bookmarks!  Printed the quotes on one 8×11 piece of paper after inserting some clipart, and then laminated them with my Xyron machine (purchased from Joann’s).  IMGP3546

Silence Remembering

ImageToday I was deeply saddened when I came home for lunch and found out that 20 children and 8 adults had lost their lives today in Connecticut.  Oregon had already been hit by deaths earlier this week when another young man opened fire at a mall in Portland.  Reminding me of the Thurston High School shooting in 1998, where I graduated the previous year, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Colorado shooting, the shooting in Arkansas…..the list sadly goes on.  I read words by Colin Goddard who I was honored to meet and photograph, a survivor at Virginia Tech who now works for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  So many lives have ended too soon.  I sat here thinking….we are so much better than this.

I’ve been looking for a photo to illustrate this quote that was in our bulletin last Sunday at the Eugene Mennonite Church.  Today, it seems fitting and I wish for this peace in time for the families who lost their children today.  Knowing their lives have been overturned.

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty in the water, and the great heron feeds.  I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.  And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.  For a time I rest in the grade of the world, and am free.”  -Wendell Berry

In Springfield we had a moment of hail today, as I looked in to the sky full of day-blind stars, I then looked down to find these hail pebbles still sitting on the ground and had my moment of peace.Image

Knitting for Sandy


Photo by the Maidens

Last month the Dean at our school emailed us to tell us that his wife was going to be collecting knitted scarves for Hurricane Sandy victims.  I believe they had done this for Hurricane Katrina victims too.  We got an update today that so far 160 scarves have been collected.  This first picture is from them, and my scarf is the one in the front hanging on the back of a chair- purplish color.

Last week I got a navy blue scarf done and this week I am working on a teal colored scarf.  Hard to  believe that this storm hit the East Coast in the U.S. less than two months ago.  Today I read that an estimated  25,000,000,000 business dollars were lost due to the storm and 8,100,000 homes lost power (  There were 90mph winds in Islip, New York and 34 inches of snow in Tennessee (  To think all of this was going on as we in the U.S. were preparing for voting and news of who would be the next president.  It makes me quite thankful to live in Oregon, which has had some flooding and summer wildfires, however is relatively untouched by major natural disasters (I do remember when Mt. St. Helens erupted).  IMGP3535