Sibling Assignment #182: It's Yesterday Once More, Summer of '73.

Brother Bill gave the assignment this week. 

"Reflect back on the summer following your high school graduation and before you started college and write about memories that stand out, feelings you had, things that you did, or whatever pops in your mind when you think about that summer."

I have thought about this assignment a lot. The Summer of '73 was a confusing time for me. I worked under a difficult person in my job, my brother had a horrible accident, I wasn't kind in ending a relationship due to my insecurity and immaturity, I didn't know what to expect preparing for college, but there were fun times with friends that I will always cherish. 

Any time my friends and I get together it always seems like we reflect back on the music of that time. When Dawn and I do craft day she has this great radio station on her television that reminds us of so many memories. When we had another get together her husband made a playlist for the '70s. 

The songs that I remember the most were the anthems of the time that we could belt out in the car, on the dock at the lake, or while sitting around the campfire. It was the year of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon", "Morning After", "Touch Me in the Morning", "Killing Me Softly" and "Delta Dawn."

We always had to join the Spinners to ask the question , "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?' the summer of '73.

Then there were the songs we could sing with perfume bottle microphones. Thank you Carpenters for "Yesterday Once More", then the famous jukebox favorites "Little Willy",  "You'll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart, ' and "Big Bad Leroy Brown."

Even though "Summer Breeze" was popular a year prior we were always a bit behind the times in Kellogg. We loved all the songs on that album: "Summer Breeze", "Hummingbird", and "Diamond Girl." 

What do you notice about these songs. They were upbeat, ones that were easy to sing , and ones that are still with us after all these years.They do melt the years away.  It was hard to decide which videos to feature, but take a step back in time and enjoy. 

What were your favorite songs the Summer of '73?


Sibling Photo Assignment #3: Red, White, and Blue

I once again gave the Sibling Photo Assignment for this week: Three Color Challenge. Consider the colors red, white, and blue. Construct a photo series using these three colors alone or combined in honor of our nation's birthday. Patriotic pictures are not a requirement. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready for red, white, and blue in any way you see pleasing to the eye. Please post by July 4th. 

As I wandered around the gardens today looking at flowers I also thought about bouquets. It had been a long time since I had arranged flowers in a vase. When I planted flowers this year I chose red and white as two colors I wanted to use quite a bit because of the color of the house. It was easy to find a combination of photos that captured the three colors and I got to practice most of the time in manual setting. You can see brother Bill's assignment here.  I will add my sister's when it is posted. 

 First I captured images of flowers outside in red and white.


Fourth of July Rose
red petunia
 Then I added blue to the mix with a vase. Here are some inside photos.


Sibling Photo Assignment #2: Coeur d' Alene River : Surprised

I gave the photo assignment again this week.
"There is nothing more useless than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept."
                                                                     -- Ansel Adams
Pick a particular mood or feeling (cheerfulness, sadness, anger, nostalgia,mystery, suspense, starkness, tranquility, etc. ) and take a series of photos to illustrate that mood or feeling.

You can find brother Bill's photo assignment capturing images of the Brookside Gardens here.
Today when we filled the tank with gas,  loaded up the dogs, grabbed the cameras, and enjoying lunch at the Hum Dinger  I thought I was going to take tranquil pictures of the Coeur d'Alene River. Everett had never driven along the Old River Road so we meandered up the river amid rigs picking up and dropping off floaters, fishermen in boats, and campers and RVs returning home from a week-end up the river.

The theme that was created was surprise. I wasn't able to stop much to get tranquil pictures of the river because of the parked vehicles along the shores and so much traffic. I wasn't able to practice my manual settings because of time, dogs being impatient, and batteries not working right. I was pleased at what we did discover today. These pictures were not what I expected to take. I was surprised. My first surprise was the daisy field with a mountainous background along the Old River Rd. at the top of the post.

 I was surprised by two daisies, looking like twins.
 We finally found a place to turn off and we were surprised to find a small cedar grove.
 It was so cool and inviting.

 I was surprised Tucker found a piece of garbage he wanted to pick up. I love the green moss.
 I was surprised I actually caught one beautiful view of the river, without floaters or fisherman.
 I am always surprised at the beauty of the Prichard Bridge.

We did learn a lesson today. When we want to do a photo drive up the river, go during a quiet day during the week. We still enjoyed it and loved to see all the people enjoying the river whether floating or relaxing along the shore.


Sibling Assignment #181: Retreating By Water: The Last Resort

Brother Bill gave the sibling assignment for this week. 

Write about a specific place,but NOT the Oregon Coast, that is powerful to you where there is water. Do your best to describe this place is some physical detail -- you could also include pictures! --, explain why it is powerful to you, and reflect upon the power of water as it relates to this place and to your life in general. 

I have been blessed to be surrounded by water my entire life. In my youth I swam in north Idaho lakes, floated the Coeur d'Alene River, water skied at Rose Lake, waded in Jacob's Creek, and drove often along the Spokane, Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia. Recently I discovered the Clark Fork River.  I have never  tired of the natural beauty of water whether it is in north Idaho, eastern Washington, or Montana. 

Everett and I started a tradition about ten years ago. We searched for quiet vacation rentals that we could get away either on a long week-end or that time right before school started in conjunction with our anniversary. Most of the time we were by water. My first introduction to the Clark Fork River was in August of 2013. We found a comfortable cabin The Last Resort on the river right outside of the town of Clark Fork. It was a powerful retreat at a time we needed a retreat. We had worked hard outside all summer and I was involved with school activities much of the summer. I remember arriving at the lovely cabin, knowing it was going to be perfect. The river was quiet and peaceful. The clouds were spectacular. There were no people around. We had a beautiful view from the porch.  Water has a way of helping me slow down. When I am stressed, worn out, or depressed, water has a way of bringing me around. It holds that power. A sunset sure helps also. 

There was an added bonus on this trip. We were close to a cedar grove across the border into Montana. Just as water provides a way for me to slow down, so do cedar groves. I love to wander among the shady trees with creeks trickling, and the air filled with an earthy smell. I think as you view the pictures throughout the post you will see why this was a perfect retreat for two tired people. Water has constantly reminded me to slow down and relax. I am fortunate to live close to water again in my new home.

Another added plus. The dogs loved it and I got to practice my photography.

Sibling Photo Assignment #1: Summer Color

I came up with idea of adding a second project to our Sibling Assignments. Each week we will do a Sibling Photo Assignment. I want more opportunities to practice what I learned in my photography class in early April. The biggest challenge is to keep the camera on manual setting. 

Assignment #1: Summer Color. Take four pictures that depict summer to you. Focus on color by creating an arrangement of colors that are pleasing to the eye. When done we can compare colors we chose and what stood out in the arrangements taken. Brother Bill' s magnificent collection of photos were taken at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the National Arboretum in D.C. You can find them here. I will post sister Carol's when it is complete.

I did a photo walk around my own front and back yard. Everything I was surrounded by depicted summer. It is my first summer season in this new house and I can't be more thrilled with the beauty of the flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs so far. At first I focused on the lilies and roses, but kept going back to the lush green of the leaves of vegetables and one geranium. I  love to capture textures and colors in leaves and these plants didn't disappoint today. The beautiful leaves in the top image are beet greens. 

cabbage leaves
variegated geranium leaves

swiss chard