December 4th, 2014 by Celia

A Book & Botanical Baby Shower

book-page-bunting
I am still blissing out on my lovely baby shower. It was lovely beyond belief in so many ways.
My incredibly creative friend Holly hosted a group of good friends and decorated in a sweet baby book theme, with plants and flowers mixed in for good measure. Holly had received a bunch of old children’s books from her family, but they were a little too rough and worn for her son to read, so she used the pages and covers to decorate and make the invitations (I’ll post a photo of the invitations someday).

Read the rest of this entry »

December 1st, 2014 by Celia

Memories of Winters Past

blue-winter-sky-branches
As winter approaches, I can’t help but feel a longing for what I consider to be real winter, the Minnesota/Wisconsin winters that I knew for many years.
People in Portland talk about it being cold and I literally laugh at them, as it dips below freezing a handful of times. Even in the mountains it’s not that cold; it hovers around 30 degrees or so. I am an equal opportunity scoffer, however. When someone back home complains that it’s much too rainy and dark, I may remind them that it is nothing compared to the cold and damp we have in the Pacific Northwest from November to May.
Wherever you go, people complain about the weather. But I was one of the few who fully adored the Minnesota winter, so when people complain how bad it’s going to be this year, I wish I could politely tell them to stop breaking my heart. It was my favorite season by far, I still pine for the peaceful magic of freshly fallen snow, donning layers and layers of winter gear to go for a hike, and all the fun things to do in the snow.

Read the rest of this entry »

November 21st, 2014 by Celia

Pacific Coasting: Sunsets and Elk in Manzanita, OR

manzanita-sunset-2
I have had the pleasure of experiencing a beautiful area of the Oregon coast thanks to my neighbor-turned-friend Jennifer. Her family lives in the quaint little town of Manzanita, and she got married on the beach in September. I joined Jen there again for a weekend of cooking, chatting, napping and a long sun and hail-filled walk in October. It was true rejuvenation!
The night before the wedding, the sunset was vibrant orange and yellow. To make the weekend even more memorable, the day of the wedding was incredibly warm and sunny. If any of you have been to the Oregon coast, you know that “warm and sunny” are not typically used in the same breath as “the coast”. It is usually grey, rainy and chilly, no matter the time of year. It was the warmest I’ve ever seen the coast by far.

Read the rest of this entry »

September 3rd, 2014 by Celia

Summer in Buckman – Typical SE Portland Evening

SE-Portland-Buckman-trees
Summer is winding down to a close! I’d thought I’d share a few photos from the neighborhood in an attempt to immortalize the beauty of summertime.
This was a particularly rough Portland summer for me.
It was waaaay too hot and zapped me of all will to do anything except take cold baths, sit in the shade and eat cucumbers. Normally it wouldn’t be quite so bothersome since I am a card-carrying member of the Cold Hands Warm Hearts club, meaning I tend to run cold and thrive in the heat. But I am pregnant this summer, and one of the lovely things that happens during pregnancy is a raise in resting body temperature.

Read the rest of this entry »

August 28th, 2014 by Celia

I work in a most beautiful place…

ant-plant-in-shell
A couple of months ago, I started renting office space at a new location and I couldn’t be more pleased.
I had originally toured the space back in October of last year when I was scoping out offices but not quite ready to sign a lease. I was immediately enamored with the homey feel, natural light, thoughtful decor and of course, the plants. Since I didn’t know when I would be getting my license to practice acupuncture (most people get them around Thanksgiving, but they could come later), I decided not to rent the space because it felt a bit preemptive. Good thing I didn’t, because my license didn’t arrive until January!
One Monday in May, I woke up thinking about the office space I looked at 7 months prior. The next day I woke up and thought about it again. This happened every day that week, so on Friday I decided it was at least worth an investigation…maybe the space had opened up again? Sure enough, I saw that it was open and by that afternoon, I had viewed it and decided to move.

Read the rest of this entry »

August 11th, 2014 by Celia

Twisted at the Lava Cast Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument

 

dried-wood-whale-eye

Have I ever mentioned that I love Oregon? The terrain here is so varied and vast, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this state has to offer.

Last month, a friend and I went camping south of Bend at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We camped at the Paulina Lake campground and despite the surprising amount of mosquitoes (I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes since leaving Minnesota) and some chillier than anticipated days and nights (I made the assumption that it would be as hot and dry as camping glamping north of Bend at Kah-Nee-Ta), it was an amazing time.

On the way home we stopped at the incredibly impressive, lunar-like Lava Cast Forest. Lava flow encased the bottoms of large Ponderosa pines and left ruins of tree-shaped casts in the charcoal-grey landscape. Dead Ponderosa’s showed their twisted wood and were decorated with an almost phosphorescent chartreuse green lichen. Even though the land was still covered with encased with lava, shrub-steppe plants like Indian Paintbrush, currents and sagebrush popped out of the earth.

Read the rest of this entry »

June 14th, 2014 by Celia

Mid June Flower Power

love-in-a-mist

There are some seriously sweet flowers out right now. Blooms to be had everywhere you look, and bees to match. Each and every day it becomes more and more clear that living in Portland is truly like living in a garden! Some flowers linger through the season, and some must be caught in a narrow window of time.

Around this time last year, I was really into flower arranging and spend many an evening scouting flowers growing in public places I could gather for bouquets. Although I’m not quite as flower crazy now, I still love to look around the neighborhood to see what’s blooming.

The flower above, surrounded in its lacy collar is Nigella damascena, commonly called love-in-a-mist.

Read the rest of this entry »

June 11th, 2014 by Celia

Spring Emergence: How to Come Out of Hibernation

 

dogwood-buds

 

Spring is almost over in Portland!
It’s only fitting to burst out of the bubble of winter conservation mode and be an active part of the world around us. Everywhere I look, I see insects waking up, flowers blooming, trees leafing out, rainbows across the blue-grey rain clouds, birds signing their spring song.
This winter was a major time of hibernation and rejuvenation for me, where I completely turned inward and made my inner life, my health and my home the highest priority. As soon as March came around, I knew it wouldn’t be long until that feeling of cocooning transformed into cabin fever. Through April and May, these feelings just multiplied!
Here are some things learned to help me get into spring mode.

Read the rest of this entry »

December 1st, 2013 by Celia

Late Autumn Beauty, Wisconsin Style

summers-walkway

It was absolutely balmy in Portland today; overcast, moisture in the air and fairy warm. The trees and grass were still so alive, so green and festive. Contrast this with Wisconsin 3 weeks ago: the earth was festooned with oranges, yellows, maroons and browns with a bit of green here and there. Snow lingered. The air was dry. And it was cold, down to 15 Fahrenheit. Autumn is so very different between here and there. The thoughts of my taste of winter in the fall will have to tide me over for who knows how long; years? I am one of the opposition, you see. A Minnesotan/Wisconsinite who adored winter and enjoyed it more than any other season. Yes, I even liked diving in it, even in Duluth, a city know for its hills and cold winters. When I hear people back home complain about winter it breaks my heart. So forgive me while I savor it here.

Here are a set of photos from that wintery-type of autumn back home. They are from my friends’ house out in the country in St. Croix Falls, save for the one directly below. That’s Summer and her dog Tippy. We went for a walk in the woods and couldn’t resist the whimsy of the downy white seeded asters as a photo background. It was such a beautiful day, and a great time with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2013 by Celia

Succulents, Norfolk Pine and Comfy Quilts

sedum-in-coffee-can

My friend Summer is a real green thumb. Like literally, the girl is a serious gardener.

As long as I known her, she has been surrounded by a plethora of healthy, beautiful houseplants. Summer was the only person I knew in high school to have plants in her room. I really fell in love with one, it was a spider plant. Summer’s spider plant was extra special because it hung from a beautiful handmade planter/light from a local potter, Leif Bjornson. One of my favorite things to do with Summer while at her house was to investigate her houseplants. I guess things haven’t changed much because I still like to admire her plant-adorned window sills.

Read the rest of this entry »