Took myself for a walk
Walking makes me happy. There is a protected riparian zone about a mile from the house called the Springwater Corrider. The part I like to walk follows a lovely little wild crick (Johnson Creek) through a gully. Ma Nature is just bustin' out all over down there.
The Oregon Grape crop is going to be bountiful this year. Homesteaders used to juice these beauties and make jelly. Lots of vitamin C. Just throw in some apple juice for pectin and a lot of sugar to make it set up. It's good in the winter when there are no fresh greens to be had.
I don't know what this flower is, but it's going gangbusters in the soggy spots. So cheery and willing.
Another thing that makes me happy is Liz's Creative Cafe in our neighborhood. She offers Foxfire teas, and art classes, wonderful pastries with and without gluten, and awesome coffee. And she has art books, paper, and crayons avilable for everyone. I like Earl Grey, iced, with orange syrup. I'm walking over there and spending way too much on beverages I could just as well make at home.
Another thing that makes me happy is the fact that it's berry season. I can eat a flat of berries in a few days all by myself. And they're not at all fattening!
I have been admiring the neighborhood hydrangeas and decided to start collecting photos of them.. I love that you can change the color of the blossom by changing the PH of the soil!