Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Joys

These lovely flowers are in planters in a little shopping center on the main street of Bainbridge Island. We went for a walk around town and they brightened my day so much that I wanted to share them with you.

I've been busy doing homework, learning a great deal and enjoying it immensely. I'll be in class two times during this week and am looking forward to what we're going to learn. Everyone I've met through NSA is interesting, kind and energetic, and the curriculum is exciting. It's been a long time since I was in school and I'm finding it stimulating. It came at just the right time, and I am grateful to have this opportunity to learn new things.

Gregg and I took a quick trip to visit David last weekend. It's a 5-hour trip from the west side of the state to the east side, and the terrain changes dramatically as you travel.
The view from home
Snoqualmie Pass in April
Crossing the Columbia River at Vantage
Eastern Washington - look at those clouds!
 It was lovely to see David, and take him out to eat some good food...
Sushi & Sashimi for three of us to share
He and Gregg went golfing with our cousin, Kim while I did homework at the hotel. Afterward, we all gathered at Kim & Mary's house for dinner.
Kim & Gregg are like brothers. It's fun to get together and hear stories of the days when they were growing up.

We enjoyed walking on campus with David and seeing the beautiful Catholic symbols and art.
Detail on a stairway railing
This statue needs no explanation.
There is new grotto on campus, which is dedicated to Mother Mary, in memory of a beloved priest (Father Tony).
They have candles and lighting sticks available for anyone to use.
I lit a candle; there is such comfort in this simple act of prayerful intention.

We took walks through downtown Spokane, marveling at the power of the waterfalls on the river.
Rainbow, faintly visible on the left, by the bridge
A beautiful, renewable resource - spring snowmelt!
The Brews Bros. coffee shop gave me a pink lid for my coffee cup - a simple addition which made my morning java special.
It's good to get away and get a fresh perspective on things...but it's always wonderful to come home again.


Busy Bee Suz said...

Love this post Karen. The scenery is quite varied in your state; and I loved all the views.
David looks great. It is amazing to see his transformation from high school boy to college man. ;) You must be so proud of him.....and his campus is awesome too!!! Glad all is well with you and yours.

Karen said...

You live in such a pretty place. I have never been there, so very much enjoy your travel photos. Glad you got to eat sushi with your boy. It looked good! And you have a wonderful positive attitude about homework.