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Lavender Fields in Oregon

Codi and I went to the lavender fields today with the GvL family. We picked an entire basket full of various types of fresh lavender, dodging hundreds of bees who were equally interested in the flowers. We’ll dry the lavender and hang it around the house.




Some Good Quotes

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
Will Durant

It is with a word as with an arrow – once let loose it does not return.
Unknown

Never argue with a fool. Listeners can’t tell which is which.
Unknown

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D Roosevelt

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
Roger Babson

The most important things in life aren’t things.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Abraham Lincoln

It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thristy nor drunken.
Aristotle

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Theodore Roosevelt

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
Plato

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Elbert Hubbard

He who considers his work beneath him will be above doing it well.
Alexander Chase

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
Benjamin Franklin

Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden not silence.
Samuel Butler

Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.
Goethe

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
George Bernard Shaw

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
Jaques Maritain

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
Henry Kissinger

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
Joaquin Setanti

Character is power.
Booker T Washington

The greater wealth, the thicker the dirt.
John Kenneth Galbraith

There are no ugly loves nor handsome prisons.
Benjamin Franklin

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
Benjamin Franklin

Losers visualize the penalties of failure; winners visualize the rewards of success.
William S. Gilbert

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.
Ringo Starr

Hooray for Good Friends!

Codi and I received a surprise package from some local friends (thanks D&L!), and inside the FedEx box was quite a treat! Two Maine lobsters, a huge set of king crab legs and a dozen crab claws. OMG! I’d never cooked seafood like this before, so I was a bit nervous that I’d mess it up. It turned out to be surprisingly easy. I made a dozen boiled red potatoes with garlic & butter, then boiled the lobster and crab – about 4lbs of food altogether. Codi and I feasted till our bellies ached! We even had a little Argyle sparkling wine. It’s hard to describe just how good the dinner was – one of the best meals ever! Wowoweewa!