29 April 2014

Fairsing Vineyard

(I originally posted this in January.  At that time the link to Fairsing Vineyard was under construction.  The website is now up and running so I thought it would be a good time to re-post)

Rosie's West Coast grandparents, Mike and Mary Ann, own and manage Fairsing Vineyard in Oregon.  

This year for Christmas they sent me some very special wine, Rosemary's Reserve; made for our beautiful Rosie.  Best gift ever!

Mike and Mary Ann have often hosted a campout at the vineyard for family and friends.  I was lucky to be there in 2010.  Before adding some pictures from that weekend, I have to say that every time I think of campouts at the vineyard, I can't help but hear the 1968 song 'Sweet Blindness'.  I usually associate the song with The 5th Dimension but it was written by the wonderful Laura Nyro so it is her version I am including here.   (I apologize for the sometimes fleeting nature of this video.  It appears and disappears at whim, especially when viewing from an iPad.  So if you see no video but would like to hear the song, try going directly to YouTube Laura Nyro Sweet Blindness.) 

28 April 2014

Green Heron

This morning it was nice enough to read on the dock.  The water is still cold so not many pond critters are stirring yet, just a few bullfrogs.  Birds on the other hand are everywhere.  And today I got to add a new bird to my life list. Two Green Herons came to the pond and I have never seen one before -- at least not since starting the list sometime in the 1980s.  Naturally I had no camera, sadder yet because they were so close to me and they stayed for maybe 10 minutes, one on each side of the pond.  But this picture is an exact image of the birds I saw today.   


26 April 2014


Rosie is painting a picture of her Mom and the baby in her belly.

25 April 2014

Rosie's Morning

Meara just posted this photo of Rosie.  She commented "Just an early morning game of RISK before preschool."  Looks like I'll have to learn to play before my next trip to Portland.  Though I imagine Rose's version of RISK is unteachable.

20 April 2014

Easter Skyping with Rosie

Rosie has been playing outside.  She had to come in to change out of her Easter dress which was dirty for the best of reasons -- just having fun.

We talked about her Easter egg hunt.

Using nothing but a blanket and an empty box, Rosie performed a very fine disappearing act.
Ready to disappear.

Almost gone completely.

TA DA!!!

Easter April 18, 1965.

12 April 2014

Happy Spring Skyping with Rosie

I sent a Happy Spring package to Rosie and the mailman delivered it this morning.  So I got to see her open the presents while we Skyped.  Because it is pretty obvious in some of these pictures (and Meara has publicly announced the news) I am so very happy to say that Rosie is going to be a big sister and I'm going to have another gran'baby.