Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happy Land and Life

Looking out the window my dad commented, the land looks happy.  He isn’t a man that believes in chit-chat and is often more silent than not.  And the comment just struck me how true it was.  As I looked at the scene along highway 95 that I have looked at for the last 30+ years, I had to agree with him, the land looked happy. 

One of my fav pictures I took of the "happy land" here in the heart of the Palouse
 I’m not sure about other people, but for me the connection between my life and the land that I live on is a direct connection to my personal happy factor.  This week-end marks the 4th week  I have lived on my new farmette and as I gaze around,  I’m enjoying the progressive surprises of seeing what new plants pop up.  And today when I was in Genesee, I looked over my farm ground and by gosh, it looked happy too.  A bit soggy in places, but happy.

This is becoming one of my favorite things to photograph at my new place. Can it get any better? A barn, fields amid the backdrop of mountains?

A couple of days ago I had my office peeps over for a going away dinner party for a dear friend who is also my mentor and supervisor.  I’m going to miss her terribly and wanted to create a special evening  to send her off on her own new chapter of life.  As I was puttering around in the kitchen, there was a sense of well-being and good mojo vibes.  Long story short, it was probably one of the most enjoyable nights as a hostess ….ever.  Over a glass of wine I gave them a tour of the house, and my friend said, I thought you had moved from Genesee  into  town .... and someone else in the group piped up with the comment that “for Gayle this is town living”….  Meaning that being out of town a couple of miles is my version of “town living”. Something about wide open spaces is good for the soul. Anyway the dinner party was a success – hearty comfort food (a couple kinds of dessert), conversation was great, and we lingered at the table from 7:30 to close to midnight. Having friends over was like a big ole dollop of whipping cream over something yummy. I’m thinking this needs to be a regular event of gathering friends and family around the dinner table again. It's time.

Berry Cobbler and Chocolate Raspberry infused cake

 With that, I hope wherever you are, that your abode is your happy place too. And with that, I'm signing off as this scene of a recent sunrise  will be here in a few short hours.... as  always, feel free to send an email with questions, comments or thoughts either on the blog or at   All my best, Gayle