It's almost time for us to migrate to the other coast ...
Taking a blog break for a week or two.
See you soon!
THANK YOU to the hosts at SKYWATCH FRIDAY.
This is a repeat, but from a few years ago -- prior to Lesley's fun SIGNS SIGNS meme.
We saw this billboard several times on our roadtrip through the midwest in summer 2009. Never did learn the story behind it, but it seems perfect for Thanksgiving Week (in this country) and good words to keep in mind any time.
This couple seemed to be enjoying the mud as the water receded (earlier this month). There's even less water on this side of the Lake now, so the geese and ducks we saw from our window earlier in the season have migrated -- to the other side of the Lake if not further.
I thought at the time that it was a pair of mallards, but here the male doesn't seem to have a green head (or at least it didn't show up as green in the available light).
A closer look at each of them.
FullTime-Life is five years old this month and it is both about OUR WORLD and a part of it.
We first blogged during our stay in London earlier in 2007. Our son set it up for us (and taught us to blog by e-mail). It was a great travel diary and a way to keep family and friends up-to-date about where we were. After we got home, I realized we had a lot of travel pictures from trips around this country (with more to come) ... and I missed blogging. FullTime-Life was the result. (Click here to read our updated "About a FullTime-Life" page.)
Here's a picture from that very first post here, November 9, 2007:
(From a 2003 trip to Vermont during the first long RV trip we took after we sold our house.. .. there were a lot of back-fill posts when the blog first started. )
At first, FullTime-Life was just for us and for family, but at some point I discovered the joy of reading other people's blogs and sharing pictures and stories through many wonderful memes. What a great way to learn about different places all over the world -- and I love having virtual friends!
Thank you to the hosts of Our World Tuesday and to everyone who comes to visit FullTime-Life.
AND (for all in the USA) HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Our season at Fern Ridge Shores is coming to an end. Here are some memories of the last month that we'll take with us when we leave.
The Winter rains arrived last week and every bit of the lake is a bed of mud now.
But it was so beautiful here until then!
(The pictures were taken here in the RV Park or along Jeans Road -- from the last week in October through November 10, when it seems like winter officially started -- and photo ops stopped -- in this part of Oregon.)
This post is linked to MOSAIC MONDAY. Thank you to Mary at Dear Little Red House for hosting.
No story, no quotes, just pastel November skies and migrating geese.
Although, to be honest, they may just be migrating from one end of the (no)Lake to the other.
The one below is a Picassa morph of the first picture. Just because today it's a gray morning (not even pastel) and I needed an extra dose of color.
Thank you to the SKYWATCH FRIDAY team.
For SIGNS SIGNS. Thanks to Lesley.
This sign was painted on a mirror in the ladies room in a small cafe where some friends and I had coffee recently. It didn't make it real easy to put on lipstick, but I'd rather see this picture and thought than my reflection any day!
(The thistle blossoms really don't have a thing to do with the post, except that the sign somehow reminded me of these pictures from my files.)
Where we live in Florida scrub jays are rare and their habitat is protected, but here in Oregon they are a common yard bird all year long.
They're about the size of a common crow and share characteristics -- loud, obnoxious, and smart! They're fun to watch though, because of their personality -- and of course the beautiful blue color.
They think they own the bird feeder, sometimes landing on it for no reason except to show the smaller songbirds that they're in charge. As soon as the little guys scatter, the jay will fly away, often without even taking a seed.
Fortunately, the jays get tired of the game after a while, otherwise we'd never see any other birds.
Linked to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY. Thank you Stuart.
The theme for this week's SUNDAY STILLS photo challenge is YELLOW.
I took these during a long walk last Sunday, just after I'd read the e-mail announcing the theme. Skies were blue, and it was 70 degrees outside that day!
That's more like Spring temperatures for this part of Oregon. But the yellow leaves were a reminder that it was November.
On another morning (early) the sky had a golden-yellow glow. Again, it was warm for fall, but the migrating geese were a visual and audio reminder of the season.
Thank you Ed for hosting the challenge and welcome back.
It's a new morning .
FOR: SKYWATCH FRIDAY. Thank you to the team.
"Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.” President Barack Obama.
Linked to SIGNS SIGNS
Oregon has had a container deposit law since 1971 and it makes a real difference in reducing litter. There are self-serve return facilities at every supermarket. ( Click here to read the wiki article about the "bottle bill.")
This bike, with its spiffy trailer, was parked at the store where we usually shop.
The guy was returning quite a haul of bottles and cans. He picks up along roadsides (stuff thrown out by idiots) and is also happy to take can and bottle donations from shoppers who don't want to stand in line for their return receipt.
A Monday post a couple of weeks ago explained a little more about the annual draining of Fern Ridge reservoir and shows pictures of the other side of the Lake, where the dam is.
This is how it looks from the side of the Lake where our RV is. Below is the shrinking channel along Jeans Road on the last day of October... I took a lot of bird pictures from here earlier in the season when there was more water.
And below is today's view from the RV window:
Hard to believe that sail boats were skimming over the top of those stumps just a couple of months ago! The birds have found a good spot to gather forces before flying further south as the water continues to shrink.
Chances are pretty good we'll be looking out at a meadow by the time we leave Fern Ridge Lake for the Winter.
Every day it's something different when I open the curtain in the morning. Here's what I saw one morning just as the sun was coming up. I took a quick picture through the window ...
... and ran outside, shooting as I walked along the bank.
When I got closer, I could really see the size of that fish:
The heron realized that he had to turn the fish lengthwise to swallow:
It looked as if he'd lose it into the lake.
But he pulled it out.
Yumm. Twice-caught fish for breakfast!
Great bird stories and pictures over at Wild Bird Wednesday. Click the links! Thanks to Stuart for hosting.
Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. We voted and mailed our absentee ballots weeks ago. Still it's almost hard to think about anything but the election today.
And the weather (not here, but on the other coast) continues to cause problems and concerns. We are more than grateful to be where we are right now but at the same time we're also thinking about the rapidly approaching date when we hope to be heading back to Florida. We have so much we want to do while we're still in the Pacific Northwest, but there are some days when one or the other of us just doesn't feel like doing anything. (It's best if we both have that kind of day at the same time!)
Altogether, it is an in-between time right now filled with wondering and hoping.
And yes, I know this is OUR WORLD Tuesday and not Skywatch Friday. But like the morning pictured here -- which could bring sunshine or showers -- it's just that kind of day and that kind of week .
I'm trying to remember that no matter what happens, the sun will rise. Even if we can't always see it. And I'm hoping that by Friday I'll be ready to post a bright sunshine picture for Skywatch Friday!
The Fall color here is so wonderful I can't stop at just one post.
Linking with MOSAIC MONDAY and RUBY TUESDAY.
Mary, who graciously hosts Mosaic Monday every week (except when her state is devastated by a super-storm), lives in New Jersey. She has posted a cellphone message on her website that she is OK but still without power. Like everybody else, I am so glad she is OK and send hope that all of Sandy's damage is repaired soon.
Gemma and Magical Mystery Teacher are hosts of the new Ruby Tuesday. I don't always have something for this meme, but this time of year, beautiful crimson is everywhere. Visit and click on the links ....the bright color will cheer you up.
Sometimes it's fun to arrange your treasures in different ways. Below are the same two collections above, but shown (at least in my imagination) on black velvet backgrounds:
No leaves were harmed in making these collages --- except maybe by rain the next day.
For CAMERA CRITTERS. Thank you Misty .
The squirrel's not the only one around here who likes to gather fall treasures.
There isn't a good place in our RV for tablescapes though, so as soon as I took pictures of my haul, everything went over the bank for that guy in the top picture to enjoy.
No decorations inside = more time to watch wildlife outside!
(Thinking of everyone on the East Coast and hoping for a full and fast recovery. )
This is actually an evening sky -- sort of a reflection of the sunset because we're looking east here -- over the lake in front of our RV -- where I usually take sunrise pictures.
The evening light created strange inkwash-like bird reflections.