Thursday, December 26, 2019

Merry and Happy

I hope all was Merry and Happy for everyone out in the universe the past many days.  It has been and continues to be for me.  I know I mentioned that I flew into Portland, OR, however my brother lives in Camas, WA.  It’s a short drive over the river and through the woods to his house.  

There are really tall trees here.

Moss covers everything – rocks, trees, houses, the grass.

NOTE:  Twas it me, I’d leave the moss instead of dealing with grass.  It’s soft, it’s green and, most importantly, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MOWED! 

It’s a bit chillier here than at my house – 30’s at night; 40’s during the day.  It rained the first couple of day, then was overcast and now is sunny with blue skies.  The humidity is pretty much nonexistent, surprising with all the drizzle and overcast, but there you go.  Weird.

My brother lives in the wild woods and has worked steadily to clean huge areas of run away English ivy, blackberry vines, and such and replace it all with camellias, rhododendron, blueberries, hellebores, heather, and a bunch of other stuff.  And, moss; he works hard trying to keep the moss under control. 

He also has bee hives sprinkled all around the property.

And, a good-sized creek

And this –

I don’t care what he says, I think it’s a
Weirwood Tree or perhaps, the White Tree of Gondor.

They have an excellent guard dog – necessary as they live in the wild woods


where there are bears (probably lions and tigers, too), coyotes, deer, alpacas

And, the other day I was sitting at the table and noticed something flash past the window . . . .

The neighbor’s pet pig got out and
came visiting!

26 Dec 2019


  1. You know, we live in one big, amazing country. We only get moss on the north side of trees.

  2. I think I'd love to live where he does - and I would leave the moss too. I love moss. Although I know that having to deal with damp can get pretty old.

  3. Sounds like a lovely visit among the Hobbits. It was overcast the last two days and I loved it. No rain, just cloudy but dry.

  4. I think it's the White Tree of Gondor too!

  5. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.

  6. Hah! Get rid of the moss, indeed. When we were in Issaquah we gave up on killing the moss in the lawn. Hey - it's green, right?