BENCH BLANKETS…

My Reader probably heard the rumour?

The rumour that all the weather men in the Pacific Northwest finally got it right?

Rain, snow, sleet, ice, winds, blizzard conditions, freezing rain, more snow, resulting in driving hazards, walker nightmares…slips and slides on wheels and heels.

Weather conditions we don’t usually get…we received with a vengeance. All in three days. Plus, they say, just the one more. Predictions say it will all be gone by Monday morning, leaving  long-winded weather conversations with friends and strangers; images of cross-country skiers using city surface streets as unlikely playgrounds; and neighbourhood inclines as future Olympic one-man sled qualifiers.

And…benches covered in white velvet…

“I often lay on that bench looking up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above.”  Georgia O’Keeffe, American artist

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38 thoughts on “BENCH BLANKETS…

    1. Like you Otto, when the sun shines we all feel we’ve earned it! Winters here not as harsh as Norway, but awfully nice to see signs of spring. Thank you always for your comments. R.

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  1. Although that blast of winter delivered miserable weather, snow and ice do bring temporary beauty, so glad you got out to capture a few pics to share. The Velvet Armrest is my fav. Meanwhile, I imagine only remnant piles remain. Cheers to the blanket analogies.

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  2. Jots, before I say what a great gallery of images, who is this alter ego Raye Rieder? You have got me well confused. Now I have done that I can say what a great set of images, I love the benches. We just get rain on top of rain……..💦

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    1. MM…we, too, are now getting more rain on top of more rain. Like Yourselves…We’ll all be complaining not about the snow but what We usually grouse about…the rain.
      Now about that alter ego….what’s the question again, JRCRG? she asked grinning.

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  3. Yet another indicator of the weirdness that’s been the winter of ’14! Our family in Seattle had less than you got, but still enough to ‘paint the town’ more than usual! Here in north TX we had just an inch of that tiny hard icy snow at the beginning of the week but it was mostly gone in about 24 hours. What next??? Love your pictures.

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  4. By the way, if that Uccello quote on your border is a compliment of yours truly, then it’s important that I know. If it isn’t, then I guess I don’t need to know.

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    1. Oh….it’s a quote about ART, having to do with ART…not the guy in a fedora named Art or…Jots in shades. Important that you know? Bugger all if you don’t? Say…what?
      Either way…now that you’ve brought it to my attention…I’ll have to find a new and improved one…..geez louise just took off my barn boots and now have to put them back on…..

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      1. I needed to know because if you’d gone to the trouble of finding an ancient quotation just to compliment me, I’d want to reciprocate. It would have gone down in history as one of the nicest things anyone’s ever done for me.
        Don’t worry your pretty little head about finding a new one, I’m sure all the good ones are buried under Portland’s blizzard, so they won’t be easy to find until spring, or Tuesday, whichever comes first.
        I tried to find a quote about sfumato to use in my border to allude to both your distance from me and your smoking good looks, but the good quotes around here are also buried under snow and ice. Please know my heart was in the right place.

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        1. Digging our way out of the snow and ice…in fact…as you and I are speaking. Snow never stays long which is probably more than you can say…have said. It is going to rain, rain and more down pour rain for this entire week and probably half-way through summer. Save your compliments until April, May, June and July….I will be crabby scrubbing the mold off…and will be needing kind words of encouragement. Green is not a good colour on me…..

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  5. Great photos. The standing joke in Central Calif is the easiest job is weatherman. Hot and smoggy in summer, cooler and windy in winter. Of course, they all got it wrong for these last 3 days.

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  6. Been a long winter here. Getting tired of seeing snow on the ground. Record amounts here actually. Chinook again this week coming so more will go away. It has even been to cold to ski (for us anyway). Need to get away.

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    1. BEACH blankets were mentioned in comments below. Sounds too good to even get excited about….since we are now beginning to have our rainy season which will probably last until mid-summer. Which means, of course, beach blankets will still be put away in the cupboards waiting for summer of 2015…

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  7. I was just saying to MM that all feels dreary and drab here with all this bloody (um, I meant beautiful, of course) snow and the resulting grey slush that comes with it. Ugh. I was also saying it is lovely to be able to find colour in said drab. You, my dear, have succeeded beautifully….

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    1. We (Portland metro area) is not snow country. It never stays longer than the next rain downpour…unlike your part of the country and many others where snow stays for days, weeks, months. (Hear me knocking on wood?)

      Confession (and don’t spread this around): I love the snow only because I no longer have to be outside and work in it. Work in snow and freezing weather? Yes. Another time. Another life. 300 cow family dairy farm.
      It didn’t matter what the weather…cows to milk, calves to feed. Enough said? she asked grinning. (What is it about me always confessing my secrets to no one else but you?) Geez……

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      1. Are you knocking on wood for me or for you? 😉

        Confession: I too love the snow in winter as it brightens up things. That said, by February 28 (or 29) that’s officially enough. Sadly, we usually get our real doozies in March. And worse, when there is snow on MY birthday (April)? Beyond irkful.

        Oye. a farm. now THAT’S reality.

        Admission: I am touched that you feel comfortable enough with me to confess your secrets. I’m a-thinking we’re just kin-souls…

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  8. Raye, I love the white snow balanced against the upward shot of the colorful building. That’s so cool. Good day for hot chocolate, apple cider or toddy. Stay warm. BTG

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  9. We easterners have forgotten about the photos we took and the charm of snow when it first falls. Ours is in the form of gray boulders of ice now, pushed out of the way, but not out of sight. If the pretty ladies on the TV are right, the boulders will be covered with a few fresh inches of white by the end of the day today. I’d send you a picture but I’m saving my snapshots for the first crocus.

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  10. “The Lawrence Tree’ is one of my favorites, i think because of her explanation – I think that you and I came from the same planet as she!

    Brrrrr – the snow/ice is so beautiful, but i’m glas to experience it from my bare-footed vantage point of the equator1 We had heavy rains last night, and I have a muddy trek to town soon.. I will remind myself that I could be trekking in snow and ice, and I will embrace the walk!

    Have a good day, amiga!
    z

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    1. Right, Missy TM…Georgia was always her own person…but lying on snow covered anything probably no strong urges there. Hoping your weather holds…hear another big one is coming your way.

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    1. Anne..don’t dispair. We shall both be in row boats by the end of the week. We are now due for torrential rains…at least Portland knows how to deal with rain…and lots of it.

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    1. A bit reluctant to glorify the beauty of our brief encounter with snow, El G…especially since you and the masses are suffering so. We, too, are counting the days until Spring albeit not as loudly…
      Carrie has the right idea…BEACH BLANKETS would be better.

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