Wednesday Vignette – O say can you see…

Time wise, Spring in Oregon is behind where it usually is. It has been record-breakingly wet, and the water levels of the mighty Columbia river are alarmingly high. Driving west, on Highway 30 an early morning, the views were so breathtaking, I just had to stop and snap some photos. Budding trees are holding still, as temperatures are not quite yet where they need to be for them to leaf out, and the high river is splashing around their trunks. Things are indeed a bit off…


We are now in the third month of the 45th presidency. I need to tell you something interesting. About two months ago, I had a phone conversation with a very clairvoyant friend of my mother’s, who lives on the east coast of the US. From afar, over the phone, she was checking my energy. As I was sitting by the kitchen table, engaging in the conversation, my legs were crossed under the table. “I can’t feel your left leg” she said after a few seconds. “Can you make sure you have both feet on the ground?” I just about died – how could she possibly sense that my legs were crossed????? Whatever your beliefs are in terms of spiritual matters – to me, this was amazing. How could she know?? Anyway, later that day, my mother told me of a conversation she had had with her friend – about the new administration in the White House. Her friend had said simply: “Yeah, it will be a long three months…” At this, my mother had jumped – as did I when I heard. Three months? How? What??  I was so excited – this gave me hope!  We both marked it down on our calendars. Now, two months have passed, and there is only one month left to go. With almost giddy anticipation I look forward to whatever it is our clairvoyant friend knows is coming. What does it mean? Will it change things for the better? For the worse? I don’t know, but whatever it is, I welcome the change. For one thing, it gives me something to look forward to. And, hopefully by then, the waters will have receded down to more predictable levels, and we can all draw a deep sigh of relief.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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28 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – O say can you see…

  1. Alyse says:

    Beautiful photos, Anna. Is this right off the highway?

  2. I guess we’ll see

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Great shots! The reflections are gorgeous but like everyone else, I’m a bit tired of the cold and rain. Just heard on the news that my city is planning on raising water rates. Must be because we have such a short supply.

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    I sense that you sense more than the ” normal” folks. These photos perfectly capture the painful pause as we wait for hopeful signs. Keep sending out silver linings.

  5. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Becca – let’s keep our hopes up!

  6. Interesting! I would be happy to see him gone but the thought of Pence as President is not exactly comforting either.

  7. Kris P says:

    One can only hope. It sometimes seems like he’s actually trying to get booted out of office, doesn’t it? Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:

  8. Striking photos Anna, and quite the conversation highlights. Fingers crossed….

  9. hb says:

    What beautiful photos! They are magic. I’m so sad about that other stuff, I’m out of words.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Hoov! I’m sad too. But, I’m going to count down the days, hoping for restitution and justice to these vandals before too long… Something’s got to give – this is madness!

  10. Evan Bean says:

    Beautiful photos, Anna! I need to get out and enjoy some of the wonderful scenery we have, even if I do get a bit wet. The shit doth seem to be hitting the fan a bit more for 45 recently, doesn’t it? Is it too much to hope that your clairvoyant friend is right? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    I finally got around to my NWFGS post and selected a photo from that as my WV. I had to laugh at it in light of your story. You’ll see why.

  11. annamadeit says:

    I bet my clairvoyant friend would say that all our focused energy will ultimately affect what happens, so stay strong, Evan! And yes – never mind the rain – we still live in one of the most scenic places on the planet. Let that strengthen your resolve!

  12. Tina says:

    Gorgeous photos! Fingers crossed, but remember that Pence is waiting in the wings–ugh!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Tina!… I know, but I’m going for broke, and hoping for a true “draining of the swamp” when it happens (whatever it is…) It’s probably unrealistic, but seeing Comey the other day got my hopes up. Fingers and toes crossed…

  13. Alison says:

    These are beautiful photos, but especially that first one. Very mystical looking. Even though I know it’s a river, I almost expect to see the Lady of the Lake rising out of it to hand Arthur a sword.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alison! It was indeed a beautiful morning. If only there would be a Lady of the Lake and a King Arthur – we need some benevolent, new heroes to break our contemporary sickness.

  14. rickii says:

    I guess I could have been one of those cars rushing by but I do stop to admire from time to time. It’s a beautiful commute…aren’t we lucky?

  15. Linda B. says:

    Beautiful photos even if the weather is of concern. Oh, three months! It’s so bad already that i have trouble imagining it getting better soon. But maybe . . .

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m holding out for the end of April… Who knows what Fate has in store…? (And, I have to admit that I’ve been relying on her guidance, lately, Linda…

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