Bridal Shower Luncheon In The Garden

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We hosted a Spring Bridal Shower today at our Lavender Farm.  The shower was planned to be held on our cover patio, but due to the cool breeze, and drizzle, I moved them into our cottage. This was possible because

Bridal Shower
Bridal Shower

it was a small gathering, including the Bride and her four friends. This made a quaint party inside the lavender cottage, with incredible calming lavender aroma. I don’t think we could have planned a more perfect party for the Bride. Memories to remember every time she smells calming Lavender. When the sunshine came out again, the Bride enjoyed blowing bubbles on the patio ūüôā

Thank you Wonderful Customers!

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Thanks to all our wonderful customers and fans that traveled out to our Upick Lavender Farm for our opening weekend, and plant sale!!  The weather was just perfect!! We greatly appreciate all of you!

Today we had 73′, and the hummingbirds are back enjoying the sunshine with me. Yeah! Tomorrow might be a different story!! It’s Spring in Oregon!! ¬†Relax & Breathe :))

Opening Weekend and Blossom Festival

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I began cleaning up my retail cottage today, and restocking it with our lavender products for our weekend event, “Blossom Festival”. This weekend we open for the season, and to kick-off the weekend event we have 100’s of our “Certified Organic” plants for sale. I also plan to bake up my favorite Lavender Scones for free sampling, along with our samples of Gorge Wind tea.

The timing for “Blossom Weekend” looks to be just about perfect for this weekend. Fruit tree blossoms are just starting to open, and with over 15,000 acres of orchards in our Hood River Valley the sight is nothing short of spectacular!

Photo by National Scenic Byways/Peter Marbach
Photo by National Scenic Byways/Peter Marbach

We are expecting sunshine for the weekend, so be sure to come out and celebrate spring and the “beginning” of another great year in the garden.

How to Dance in the Rain

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Dancing in the rain
Painting by Joan Shannon, RN, BSN. MS, MPH, (Ph.D)

This is a beautiful story about love!!  Lets Dance in the Rain!

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when¬†an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived¬†to have stitches removed from his thumb.

He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.
While taking care of his wound, I asked him¬†if he had another doctor’s appointment this¬†morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to¬†go to the nursing home to eat breakfast¬†with his wife.¬†I inquired as to her health.¬†He told me thatshe had been there for¬†a while and that she was a victim¬†of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you¬†still go every morning, even though she doesn’t¬†know who you are?’

He smiled as he patted my hand and said,¬†‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’I had to hold back tears as he left,¬†I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,¬†‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have¬†the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm,

But how to dance in the rain.’