Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pictures From My Long Walk

These are the pictures, as promised in my previous post, from my really long walk last Friday. Oh and one bonus pic at the end. Oh and because I love you, I care, and I'm a giver a quote at the very end.

This is a new building in downtown Redmond. Sun, Clouds, and Blue Sky... three things that make me damn happy.( I was going to write three things that make me very happy, but I read a writers tip by Mark Twain this week that said every time you are going to use the word very, replace it with damn. The damn will be edited out and eventually very will be no longer a part of your vocab) I'm not sure why I feel compelled to follow Twain's advice but there you have it! Those three things make me Damn Happy!

I don't know what the real name of these purple flowers are, but in our house we call them THE PURPLE DEVIL! Let me explain.

When we lived in Carson City, NV. in a cute, small house on NV Street these lil guys would pop up along side our house every Spring. When Emma, my oldest was only about 3 or 4 she picked a bunch of them one sunny Spring day and brought them in as beautiful, messy flower arrangement ... grass and dirt included. I was so happy from her kind gesture that I didn't even notice at first that around her big green eyes she was starting to look a lil swollen, puffy, and red eyed. I put the flowers in water, got distracted with the two other lils that I had at that time and about an hour later, Emma came out looking like Rocky Marciano(I'm related somehow to that guy... you get that for free cause I think it's cool that I'm related to one of the greatest boxers of all time) Anyway, I called my mom she rushed right over, and then we were off to the Doctors. It was at this time that we realized that Miss Emma dilema has seasonal allergies. A box of Zyrtec and some much needed spoiling she was looking like her pretty little Emma self again, but I will never forget what those pretty little purple flowers did to my baby.

Still, they are pretty.

Cherry Blossom Trees are one of my favorite trees. I have a bracelet tattoo of cherry blossoms on my left wrist. Before I got this tattoo, I looked up the meaning or symbolism of these flowers, but really I just wanted them because when I was a young girl we had a cherry blossom tree outside our home. They have always been a happy sign of life to me.
For those of you who do want to know their symbolism-

"The flower symbolism associated with the cherry blossom is education. In China, the cherry blossom is also a symbol of feminine beauty. It also represents the feminine principle and love. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the transience of life because of their short blooming times. Falling blossoms are metaphors for fallen warriors who died bravely in battle. This connotation links them with the samarai."

Don't you feel smarter now?

This is my hill. Or aka my treadmill. Once I get to the top of this bad boy I'm home. After that really long walk, I took this hill real slow. I have walked this hill countless times since moving here. To pick up kids from the bus stop, to get the mail, to chase after Bella.... I love this hill but it is fondly known as BBKH. Bootie Butt Kicker Hill. I should have a butt like J.Lo by now. There is a beautiful old asian man, my neighbor who I am determined to meet one day and no longer refer to him as beautiful old asian man. Anyway, he comes up this hill every morning to sing opera to the whole neighborhood. I love him too. He makes me happy.

Home again, Home again Jiggity Jig! That is my lil creek. The one that runs outside my lil cabin. The one that makes me feel like I have to go pee a lot :)

AND here... drum roll please is your bonus picture....

A four year old Emma. I thought you needed the visual of that cute lil face coming in looking like Rocky. It was quite scary for me as a young momma, that's why those flowers will be forever the PURPLE DEVIL!!

"Health is not simply the absence of sickness." Hannah Green
So true Hannah, so very true.


Bean said...

Poor little Emmers? Are her allergies worse in the pacific nw?

No(dot dot)el said...

NO, actually they have gone away. Strange how they can just grow out of them. But she probably won't ever test fate with those Purple Devils.

Teman Poker said...

Thanks for sharing your life.

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