The trash basket everyone misses

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Do you have a trash can like this in your house? Does it blow your mind every time you see it? Do you struggle to lean over the furniture to try to clean this mess up? Do you try to bribe your kid to climb back there and clean it up for you? Do you wonder if your cat is snacking on detritus?

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November…and the Flowers are Having a Party

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Autumn leaves? Never you mind that. Ice plant still has flowers.

 

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Pansies are up for another round, while Ice plant keeps on blooming.

 

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Dahlia has not bloomed yet, and that flower bud has been staging itself for days, shyly refusing to open.

 

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While the Dahlia on the other side of the hedge says, “Come on out, the weather’s great!”

 

I can't remember the name of this cool flower but it has not stopped blooming since spring.

I can’t remember the name of this cool flower but it has not stopped blooming since spring.

 

Lithodora, back for another round.

Lithodora, back for another round.

Things and stuff and stuff and things

It’s the last day of summer before the kid starts middle school, and I haven’t had much time to post. Here’s a brief rundown of the latest life news.

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Your Focus Determines Your Reality

I was in a bubble bath one night with a candle and noticed something interesting. If I focused on the bubbles, the candle was blurry, and when I focused on the candle, the bubbles were blurry. Now this might not seem like much of a revelation, until I thought about focusing a camera lens, and how you physically do something to change what the lens brings in more sharply. But where is the focus adjustment in our eyes? There is no dial for me to turn or button to press. That’s when I realized: its my mind that is doing the focusing. And just like that, the phrase “your focus determines your reality” took on an experiential meaning for me.

Bubbles In Focus

Bubbles In Focus

Candle In Focus

Candle In Focus

Greenwood Gas Explosion, Aftermath Pics

In the wee hours of March 9, my husband and I woke to a loud noise and shaking.

“Earthquake?” he mumbled sleepily.

“Too short,” I replied.

I looked out the window to see if someone had broken out our car windows or something. Everything looked fine, but then I heard the sirens. If it had been later in the morning I probably would have stayed up, but instead I fell asleep, then woke to the news on Phinneywood.com that three of our local businesses were obliterated in a gas explosion and dozens of businesses’ windows were blown out.

Today I walked around and took some photos.

 

Buildings obliterated: Quik Stop, Mr Gyros and Neptune Coffee

Buildings obliterated: Quik Stop, Mr Gyros and Neptune Coffee

 

Directly across the street from the blast, Seattle ReCreative was hit hard

Directly across the street from the blast, Seattle ReCreative was hit hard

 

Even a block away there was some serious glass damage

Even a block away there was some serious glass damage

 

Looking up Greenwood just north of the 85th St intersection there is damage all the way to Green Bean.

Looking up Greenwood just north of the 85th St intersection there is damage all the way to Green Bean (which was unscathed, fortunately, considering that place already had to rebuild after the arson some years ago took four other Greenwood businesses).

 

Other side of the street, a block away from the blast.

Other side of the street, a block away from the blast.

 

Around the corner, an old building begins to crumble.

Around the corner, an old building begins to crumble.

 

At the carpet store a block away and around the corner.

At the carpet store a block away and around the corner.

 

Gordito's

Gordito’s

 

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Glass and rubble

Glass and rubble

 

Around the corner and down the road

Around the corner and down the road. By the way that Xhale Tobacco place will change your watch battery or your car key remote.

 

Couth Buzzard ... open! Along with boarded up Chaco Canyon and Coyle's Bakeshop

Couth Buzzard … open! Along with boarded up Chaco Canyon and Coyle’s Bakeshop

 

Razzi's

Razzi’s, home of the best gluten-free pizza crust

 

Post Office

Post Office

 

Flag at Half-mast

Flag at Half-mast