Author Archives: jasminerose

About jasminerose

Social Worker, Critter Lover, Amateur Photo Taker, Writer, Crafter, & Creator.

Oregon is on Fire

Took a drive up to Kelly Butte today to see what I could see in Springfield, Oregon.  Not sure I’ve seen smoke quite like this in the Willamette Valley.

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Backyard Upgrade

Finally covered our backyard with walk on bark from Lane Forest Products.  Boy were these guys enjoying themselves this afternoon!   DSC_0183.JPG

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Getting their play on!

Crazy action going on here.

Crazy action going on here.

What's that smell?

What’s that smell?

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Ready to play ball.

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Joy

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Here’s looking at you Mom!


Tired Dog Ranch

Today my in laws stopped by for an impromptu visit and asked if I’d like to join them to check out the Tired Dog Ranch as a possible camping option this coming summer.  Just under 40 miles from my home in West Fir, this was a fun adventure!  My sister in law does a horse/dog camping event every summer and our thought is that this place might work for that.  It has a yurt, cottage, cabin, and lots of space for camping.  DSC_0166

The woman who lives here said they’ve had several weddings here as well.  DSC_0165

The colorful building here is the cottage, next to the house.  DSC_0164

This building here is the cabin and that road leads to one large grassy area with a large space for a bonfire and camping and space for horses.  DSC_0161


Vacation in Seattle

DSC_0158DSC_0156I realized this last fall that I had not taken a vacation since September 2014.  Dreaming of my cousin Riis I woke up realizing I’d best go visit that girl and her family before she’s off to professional dance school or college.  And then I designed the trip right before my 37th birthday.  Got to spend half of a day in Seattle soaking up Pikes Place and while it was cold the sun was shining.  DSC_0155

Road the largest ferries I’ve ever been on 4 times, twice in vehicles which was a blast.  I also got to watch my cousin compete in the Youth America Grand Prix.  She was awesome!   DSC_0157.JPG Unfortunately they would not let us take pictures of their performances however it was a treat to see her live.  A gorgeous ride back to their home in Poulsbo yesterday made for some great photography.DSC_0159


Monday

Hi Monday, how are you?  I scheduled the day off today from working at the hospital as part of my self care plan and somehow a cold decided to follow me.  It has been trying to make friends for a couple of weeks and Friday finally got ahold of me.  I’ve been going through a lot so I’ve actually been surprised it hadn’t caught up to me sooner.  So what did I do today?  I slept in.  I played with my dogs outside and enjoyed watching them watch the squirrels scamper up the trees.  I came back inside and did laundry and dishes and then decided to rest again.  Then I decided to go drop some donations off and would see where the drive would take me before my acupuncture appointment.  I had a great lunch watching people and looking at the gorgeous fall colors.  Enjoyed some sushi and thought of the family I used to nanny in Pittsburgh because that’s where I first tried and fell in love with sushi.  And I listened to one of them most fascinating conversations, likely fascinating because by the looks of these two men I never would have guess the words that would fall out of their mouths.  They talked of transference, addiction, and being addicted to the unhealthy mindset.  Right up this counselor’s alley.  And I looked around me and imagined all the lives and hearts of those around me, not really knowing anyone and yet totally comfortable with this fact.

So Monday, thank you for helping take care of me.  I’m watching, I’m listening.

Love these Fall days.

Love these Fall days.


Halloween with Wonder Woman & Word Girl

Had a great trip north to visit some of the cousins and my Aunt Gayle yesterday and today.  Had the pleasure of getting totally drenched in rainy Oregon with Wonder Woman and Word Girl last night trick or treating.  It was good to be with family and enjoy the dress up/candy excitement of the little ones.  These two still seem to be contemplating the fact that I am the same age as their father (still asking, are you a kid or an adolescent?).  I am happy to know they sense my young heart.

Wonder Woman, Pink Cow Girl AKA Pinkie, & Word Girl Photo taken by Micah Sheller

Wonder Woman, Pink Cow Girl AKA Pinkie, & Word Girl
Photo taken by Micah Sheller


Visiting Angie at Rest Haven

I’ve been missing my sweet friend Angie lately, partly because I know I could have talked to her about my Uncle Hal and she would understand the impact of his death on me.  I’d realized recently that I’d been driving past Rest Haven on my way to an appointment a week or so ago so I went to visit her yesterday.  There was construction going on there, it looks as if they are expanding Rest Haven.  I noticed a lot of birds singing and the groundskeepers were busy caring for the property.  DSC_0145It was so nice to see fall colors there, although it made me miss fall in Pittsburgh, PA!  Most interesting was that I wasn’t prepared for how happy I was going to be to see her picture again.  Her beautiful smile still shines on.  DSC_0142

I sent her mom and sister a close up of her picture and the other sweet happening has been that friends and family have been sharing and appreciating this photo as well. DSC_0143Angie died 8/1/1999 of cystic fibrosis.  She was a talented, loving, wise, and full of life individual that I’ve known since 1st grade soccer.  Valuable lessons she has taught me include taking care of my body because I only have one, that I should live fully, presently, and passionately, and most often to make sure I communicate with those I love honestly and openly.