I Met a Favorite Author

A couple months ago I went to a talk by one of my favorite authors, Ruta Sepetys. Thanks to Jackie Cangro, I discovered her books and enjoyed them immensely. They are Young Adult fiction, but many adults are reading her work now. I read Between Shades of Gray first and enjoyed it immensely. I liked Salt to the Sea, but not as much. The former has been made into a movie called Ashes in the Snow but I haven’t seen it. You can view the trailer here:

I enjoyed Sepetys’s talk very much. She is a wonderful speaker and very open about her writing experience. She seems like the kindest person too.

People were asking to be in photos with her after she signed their books, but I prefer to be behind the camera and Ruta very nicely posed for me.

I got a copy of her latest book, The Fountains of Silence, and look forward to reading it. If you get the chance, go to one of her talks.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Autumn Poplar (I think)

This time of year always makes me think of the fall colors back East. I’m pretty sure these are poplar leaves. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know. I got so I could name a lot of plants back there, but the memories are fading. 🙂

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Autumn Window

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Saving Hibiscus

I took this shot of our hibiscus earlier today. Two weeks ago it was on death’s door. We’ve had it for at least five years, but one day I found tons of whiteflies on most of the leaves. I tried blasting it with the hose, but that worked for one day. Went to a local nursery and asked what to use for whitefly. Turns out NEEM Oil is a godsend and after two applications we were whitefly free.

This was taken on my iPhone because my “good” cameras weren’t charged. The colors are very true-to-life and the detail is quite decent.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Na Pali Coast from the Air

One of the best things we did in Hawaii was take a helicopter ride over the Na Pali Coast. I’ve seen it from a cruise ship and a catamaran, but this was something else. If you’re wary of helicopters, it’s probably not for you.

It’s so green there!

Great weekend, everyone….

{carole}

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Hanalei’s Wai’oli Hui’ia Church

Picturesque Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei is on the main road just past Hanalei town. Built in 1912, the spired church was designed in the American Gothic style.
The often-photographed church was built by Albert, Sam and George Wilcox, descendants of the Kaua’i missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox.

A major restoration of Wai’oli Hui’ia Church took place in 1992 after Hurricane Iniki lifted the building off its foundation and caused severe structural damage. This structure is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

The church was not open when we were there, so we planned to go back, but there was a major mudslide that made traveling to Hanalei nearly impossible. You never know what will happen on vacay!

Great weekend, everyone….

{carole}

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International Cat Day

Well, I just have to post a photo of our cat on International Cat Day! Here’s Yuri on bird alert:

Great weekend a day early,

{carole}

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Sunset Drama

I took this across the street from our Airbnb in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Sauvie Island Farms

Lavender, hydrangeas and beautiful clouds at Sauvie Island Farms, Oregon.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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Jenkins Estate

Just outside Portland, Oregon, there’s a place called Jenkins Estate. It’s such a great place to walk…the trees are so tall and beautiful. These remind me of cathedral arches.

I like this little shed in one of the gardens.

The lavender and clematis were doing really well.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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