Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wallowa Wonderland

Since we've only been to Wallowa Lake in the summer it is hard to imagine the state park with a blanket of snow. Recently Don and Paula made a trip to the area and sent us pictures of what our annual vacation site looks like in the winter. I thought it was a great subject for experimenting with my new Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac.
It's just hard to imagine all the snow when it's sweltering hot in July!
If you've never been to northeastern Oregon, check it out here.


Paper: Matthew solid paper (1), by Andrea
Journaling Tag #6: Little Dreamer Designs, Jackie Eckles
Font: Silom, Black Boys on Mopeds, An Unfortunate Event
1875 Photo Frame

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Good Advice

When you have a chronic illness or ongoing health issues it seems everyone has some advice for you ... mostly good advice and given in love. As I was discharged from the hospital last week (after a 3-day stay) a volunteer wheeled me out to the car ... and had the best advice I've heard in a long time.
She shared that four years ago her husband passed away after more than 30 years of marriage. I would guess that she is about my age. She shared how much she missed him and all the things they used to do together. Her advice ..."don't put off something you want to do together."
It's so easy take the Scarlet O'Hara approach -- "I'll think about it/do it tomorrow" and get bogged down with projects, chores, work etc. -- putting off dreams until later. My dream has always been to go to Italy and while that isn't a good financial idea in this economy, I hope to find another avenue in making some lasting memories. I need to remind myself ... chores and projects will always be there.
As she shut the car door before we left the hospital, she reminded me to remember her advice. It's amazing the people God brings along our path with just what we need to hear at the right moment!