Reflecting on Flowers growing through Cement


For our WPC theme this week Nancy Thanki wrote: “Whether it’s water or some other reflective surface, what have you seen recently that has changed your perspective on the view?”

Here’s my take on it. It is my mission in life is to learn how (and teach others) to    Choose a Perspective.

There was no sunrise yesterday morning. I’m not kidding. The sucker just didn’t come up!! No Sun. Just continued darkness…inviting the kind of depression that comes with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

This is the chair I fight the cats for each morning, when the sun comes up and is streaming in from all sides, but not yesterday!



Then I remembered three things.

  1. This IS Washington State after all. The weather can change in an instant. We just don’t like to spread the information about how truly gorgeous it can be when that sun does come out. We are crowded enough…
  2. I am the Queen of blooming where I’m planted, making the best of things, Choosing HOW I look at things, so I better use all that knowledge now.

3. Since my other posts this week were on Reflections, I wanted to do one on    Reflecting, so I did that. I Reflected for a while…most of the day actually…and    sure enough, true to its reputation, the Northwest Spring changed it’s mind about  everything!

So I went for a walk…just one block…and here’s what I found!

OH, and THIS!!!

And then THIS!!

And lastly, THIS!

If all that glory, on a single block, is not enough to shift your perspective, then I suggest you reflect on this; with whom will you be doing some psychotherapy…and how QUICKLY!

EASY GREEN for WPC 3/28/17

It IS Easy Being Green!

It might be easy to be GREEN when you are plant life growing in the Pacific Northwest. (see photo above)

We are surrounded by GREEN up here. I mean, it’s not like Kudzu in the Deep South or anything…

Mississippi river in the background

But it is fairly easy to be GREEN up here in many of the definitions of the word.

You can be “Green” by being ecologically thoughtful and responsible. (Check out Karuna’s blog or even better the latest issue of the amazing GREEN Newsletter she publishes)

Or you can be GREEN at something, like ME, still feeling like a novice at blogging. (I just published my last post with no categories or tags. Oh, and I still cannot figure out the whole photo storage system.)

Or it can represent the long and hard fought battle for many Northwest “entrepreneurs” who can now legally sell…oh nevermind.

Of course, there are times in the state of Washington when being GREEN is difficult, especially if you like the GREEN and BLUE!

Can you see the tiny “12”?

And try to imagine yourself as a budding young flower, wondering which, of a rainbow of colors, you will be…red, orange, pink, purple? And you turn out to be GREEN! Leaves are GREEN. Trees are GREEN. Flowers are not supposed to be green. But you are!

But, in any definition of the word, GREEN is a beautiful color!

Beautiful GREEN

PS You can find past issues of the GreenFriend newsletters here

It IS Easy Being Green 3/28/17

It IS Easy Being Green!

Well, for SOME people it is anyway.

Our challenge this week is to capture GREEN.

EASY! Just go to the center of San Juan Island to Wild Bird Bamboo (

My “sister” and her husband both have the greenest thumbs I have ever seen.

If you want to be green, just become a plant almost anywhere on their land and you will shout GREEN across the treetops! Lenore is so talented with her fruits and veggies, I think she needs only to wave her thumb over the ground and things start popping up GREEN!!

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And John grows beautiful ornamental bamboo like crazy!!

Even their pond is GREEN!


Their magical GREEN thumbs work inside the house too. They just can’t help themselves.

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Don’t even get me started on their Green House, a whole separate story!!


And the best part of all? Here are just SOME of the results of all that GREEN!!!


They make it look so EASY!!

This post is dedicated to our wonderful John and Lenore, in honor of your friendship, your GREEN talent and your generosity all these years of sharing your Island Paradise with us.