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    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    Family, friends, and falls - Sep 27th, 2013
    Wow! What a busy week I've had. And—would you believe it from the title?—it was filled with family, friends, and (water)falls. For those who are following my Homeland Holidays, this update is for you! [more...]

    Redneck? Yes. - Sep 15th, 2013
    I spent yesterday truly remembering my childhood and the joys of growing up redneck. And it was great. Well, except for the literal red neck that I developed from the blazing hot sun! [more...]

    Bullets, bikes, and BBQ - Sep 11th, 2013
    Once again, it’s been a couple of busy days as I enjoy my lovely American holidays. I admit that yesterday began with a less-than-happy start as my stress levels got the best of me, but it improved drastically as the day went on. [more...]

    Old bikes and flowers - Jul 20th, 2013
    When the Stirling Smith announced that they were going to unveil their restored, 1930s ice cream bicycle, I marked my calendar and prayed for nice weather. I really wanted to see this groovy old ice cream cart up-close and in person, and the lure of free ice cream made it all that much better. [more...]

    The only lake - Jul 13th, 2013
    Did you know that there is only one lake in all of Scotland? I know that may be hard to believe, but it’s true. (There are, however, more than 31,000 lochs scattered about the country.) And did you know that in the middle of Scotland’s one-and-only lake is a wee island that houses an ancient priory ruin? [more...]

    The abbey next door - Jun 8th, 2013
    I had grand ideas to travel to Lake Menteith this weekend to check out Inchmahome Priory, but after looking at the very limited bus services to the area, I decided it was high-time I check out an old abbey ruin in my own backyard instead. [more...]

    Just Swirls - Feb 28th, 2013
    I swirl for a bit of relaxation and peace of mind. I suppose it’s a form of art therapy and I must admit that it really does help me to see the world in a brighter light. [more...]

    A Stirling adventure - Jan 19th, 2013
    Today I decided to go out geocaching for the first time in four years. It was also the first time I’ve ever gone on a solo adventure and the first time I’ve ever done one in an urban environment. Sadly, it was also the first time I didn’t find the cache. [more...]

    Holey-sock monkey - Jan 13th, 2013
    I love my knee-high stripey socks and was a bit sad when I wore a hole through the toe of one of them over the summer. But I decided that maybe I’d make a sock monkey with them. So I put the socks aside for my future crafting project. [more...]

    A day in Peebles - Jan 12th, 2013
    I am so totally exhausted. But I’m so glad for the exhaustion because I’ve had a great day out with a friend. [more...]

    Run, Frances, Run! - Oct 21st, 2012
    I run. And this is where you’ll find photos to back up that claim. Check out the Ryan Road Race Record for races prior to 2010. [more...]

    A Wee Highland Tour - Jul 31st, 2012
    To round out my week’s summer holiday, I took a wee trip to the Highlands to spend a couple of days with friends. It was really and truly a fantastic break! [more...]

    We Forgot the Tripod - Jul 29th, 2012
    No tripod? No problem! When there’s no one around to snap a picture, and you want to capture that “Kodak Moment” you get some pretty funny memories! [more...]

    Escaping to the hermitage - Jul 28th, 2012
    Gallery: I spent a lovely day in Perthshire visiting the Hermitage and Fish Ladder with my friend, John. Oh, and a couple of whisky distilleries, too! (Fun!) [more...]

    Egg-teastic! - Apr 7th, 2012
    I’ve had an eggteastic day making Easter tea eggs. (Get it? Eggteastic. Like eggtastic only tea instead of ta. No? OK, moving on…) [more...]

    A Birthday in Crieff - Feb 21st, 2012
    I took myself to Crieff, Scotland, to celebrate my 38th birthday. It was really all about the candy and food, if I’m honest! [more...]

    Crumble-tastic - Jan 27th, 2012
    Today I decided to make a raspberry crumble with a pack of frozen raspberries that have been taking up space in the freezer for three months. The results were crumble-tastic! [more...]

    Christmas 2011; Aberdour, Scotland - Dec 27th, 2011
    I went to Aberdour, Scotland, to spend Christmas with my friend and her parents. And whilst I wasn’t with my own family, I was made to feel like family indeed! [more...]

    Thanksgiving 2011 - Nov 27th, 2011
    Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, and the fact that I was able to share the holiday with friends, despite being 6,000 miles from home, made me extremely thankful this year. The bonus is that I think everyone enjoyed their first Thanksgiving! [more...]

    Robin Hood’s Bay Walk - Aug 30th, 2011
    I spent the day walking along an old rail bed in North Yorkshire and couldn’t help but take a load of photos so that Mom could see the old train tunnels and arches. [more...]

    Playing Make Believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly! [more...]

    Bloomsday 2011 - May 1st, 2011
    Bloomsday 2011 was a blast. And my nephew, Haden, and I ran the entire thing! Check out a recap of the event and see our times! Check out a recap of the event and see our times! [more...]

    Fannies and Haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    Gallery: The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” was a success! [more...]

    Finding Joy - Dec 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. Read more about it here! [more...]

    Finding Joy: December - Dec 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Oh, Canada! - Dec 30th, 2010
    A couple of days in Canada was just what I needed for some rest and relaxation! Great food, loads of laughter, and amazing friends. Bliss! [more...]

    Finding Joy: November - Nov 30th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Blagenda Weekend - Nov 8th, 2010
    What do you do with you pumpkins after Halloween? Well, if you’re of Germans from Russia heritage, you make blagenda. Yay! [Photos by my Dad and my foster daughter. [more...]

    Finding Joy: October - Oct 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Papier-Mâché Pumpkins - Oct 24th, 2010
    Halloween means pumpkins and pumpkins mean fun! My foster daughter and I managed to fill two weekends with fun by making papier-mâché pumpkins. Read about the making of the pumpkins here and here. (Most of these photos were taken by my foster daughter.) [more...]

    a-MAZE-ing - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! I had an a-MAZE-ing day with the kid at the Corn Maze on the Palouse. (Get it? A-MAZE-ing. Hee hee…) [more...]

    Finding Joy: September - Sep 30th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Gone Fishin’ - Sep 5th, 2010
    Yay! I had a lot of fun fishin’ over Labor Day Weekend! I think I’d almost forgot how much fun simple things could be. [more...]

    Finding Joy: August - Aug 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Pickles! - Aug 22nd, 2010
    Gallery: Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles. [Photos by me, Celeste, and Dad.] [more...]

    Girls’ Weekend 2010 - Aug 2nd, 2010
    Gallery: At 36 years of age, I’ve finally attended my first girls’ weekend. And you know what? It was pretty fun! (Yay!) [more...]

    Finding Joy: July - Jul 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    The kid days of summer - Jul 25th, 2010
    Gallery: My niece and nephew came out for a week of WSU summer camps. Flik to an over-night camp for smarty-pants kids and Haden to a day camp for kids who like to play hard! [more...]

    Dining at Steptoe - Jul 9th, 2010
    Gallery: I finally made it up to the top of Steptoe Butte! It made for an enjoyable evening and a great view for my picnic dinner. [more...]

    Finding Joy: June - Jun 30th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Finding Joy: May - May 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    A weekend at home - May 17th, 2010
    Weekends haven’t been the same since Paul died, but I’ve been determined to get back to spending them as normal as possible. Now that spring has finally sprung, I was thrilled to learn that I would have this weekend completely free. No work, no plans, no nothing. [more...]

    Finding Joy: April - Apr 30th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Easter at Kamiak - Apr 4th, 2010
    I decided to spend Easter Sunday hiking Kamiak Butte. I wish you could have joined me, but as you couldn’t, I brought you along in my heart and soul instead. [more...]

    Finding Joy: March - Mar 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Mommy & Me: UK Tour - Mar 13th, 2010
    Mom and I traveled to England and Scotland to visit some my family and friends for two weeks in winter 2010. [more...]

    Finding Joy: February - Feb 28th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Partners in Phun - Feb 8th, 2010
    My nephew, Haden, came out to visit so that we could run the Partners in Pain 5K together. We had a fantastically fun weekend! [more...]

    Finding Joy: January - Jan 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

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