Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Turned to the Right

How can one resist writing a story or poem based on the picture that Magpie Tales provides? Here is my Magpie 25...
Turned to the Right
It's been a long time that anyone has turned me to the right.
I have let the key turn to any soul who was a friend of this house.
Your Grandfather turned me every night after a long days work.
On the other side were smells of delicious stews, simmering over the fire as your Grandmother hummed a melancholy song while sitting her chair knitting. Your Mother, as a child; played, laughed, read, and grew.
For a while, I was turned to the left and left I was- to be still. All around the grass grew, taller even than the front steps. The oak grew grandly and towers over this small abode. But, I am glad you are here and even though I am slightly resisting your key, it is just to hold onto the moment a little longer.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Traveling for a bit, and missing you all.
Can't wait to show you some of my new adventures!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need."
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What do cowboys wear when going swimming?

At the beginning of summer, I checked out a few movies at the library. One of which was The Best of Bonanza. Thirty-four episodes of a beloved western that I remember watching as a kid. I thought maybe during a few of the long summer days, my ten-year old might enjoy discovering the show.

Little did I know that my son would soon become so absorbed in the Bonanza episodes and life at the Ponderosa Ranch, that it would cause substantial late fees at the library!
Soon, my son was decked out in cowboy hats, jeans, bandannas, long sleeve shirts, vests, and of course, boots. Since we live in Idaho where many a true cowboy wander, it's not as though my son stood out wearing these outfits about town!

His favorite character is "Little Joe" played by Michael Landon. But, hey- it's summer at River-Rose. Lot's of swimming and gardening to be done.
I'd beg him, "Please change out of the cowboy stuff-it's 90 degrees outside."
"I don't see Little Joe in sandals and shorts.", he would respond.

Now, I'm on the hunt for some Kenny Chesney videos, so he can see how a modern day cowboy can hang at the beach!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Rudy's - A Cook's Paradise

Lovely teapots!

Cookware good enough to be handed down through generations.

French Presses and many beautiful items that make lovely gifts!

Located in the oldest commercial building on Main Avenue in Twin Falls, Idaho, the store is filled with every cooking item one can imagine as well as lovely cheeses, wine, and hard to find specialty foods. It's a blast just to walk around and see everything!
They also hold cooking classes including Around The World- A kids five-day culinary camp which begins on the 26th of this month, and beer and wine tasting classes for the older folks.

Visit their store in person at:
147 Main Avenue West
Twin Falls, Idaho
(208) 733-5477
or visit their website:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Author of China: Portrait of a People writes River-Rose!

Recently I reviewed an awesome book called China: Portrait of a People and the author, Tom Carter, has graciously left a message on River-Rose!

Tom said...
Dear River-Rose,
I have just stumbled upon your flattering review of my photobook CHINA: Portrait of a People and wanted to leave a note of appreciation. I am writing from China, and in fact, blogspot is banned here (because of Communist restrictions) so it was not with a little trouble that I had to sign in with a proxy server to leave this comment. My photobook was actually published in 2008 in Hong Kong, but has taken over 2 years for it to reach the bookstores of America as well as I often joke that I am not sure which has been more challenging: traveling across China, or publishing a book about it. Anyhow, I am just grateful that it is finally being seen by a western audience, and I hope you all will enjoy the photographs therein. Many thanks for taking the time to write this review!

Wow- I had no idea how difficult it is to access blogger from that region. So happy you made it through and appreciate the wonderful book you have written! **River-Rose**

Tomatoes and Magpies

how do I tell you?


is the right time for me

oh, how I have grown-

can you see it, too?

pick me!

others have stood
on the vine
in the wind
by my side
together- yet,
where will you place
your fingers
to choose me away-
or will I stay
and fall to the ground?

Magpie Stories #22

Click the link above and enjoy the awesome writers at Magpie Tales!

China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter

If more than texture, color, and vibrancy can be captured in a photo, China: Portrait of a People written by Tom Carter has done just that. Just by opening the book one is immediately transported to the many beautiful areas and people who live within the region. One can completely imagine standing in the same spot as Carter was when he took these photos.

It's as though I have traveled there, although it is only a place that I have dreamed of going. If I were lucky enough to go to China, this book would be tucked snugly within my suitcase, or in Tom Carter's case- backpack! I think that is what sets this book apart from others is that the author literally backpacked across the region and to some extent, risked his life so that we may see China through his eyes.

Through his lens, we can share in the subtleties of living within lush farm land and the contrast of the chaotic organization of a city under neon lights.

The people- small children with the softest skin to the most weathered of all workers, Carter shows us more than just color and texture, he lends us a deeper glimpse to the many sides of China as well as human nature!

You can find
China: Portrait of a People at

Friday, July 9, 2010

"Earth laughs in flowers."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Field of Dreams

This is the first year that my son played in a little league baseball team.

Their team did not make it through the play-offs, nevertheless, it was a very exciting experience for both him and myself.
Evenings spent eating snow cones and sunflowers seeds while cheering for our team.

Local business sponsor each team, so, when my mom asked my son what the name of his team was- she was thinking it would be something cool like, the Tigers, or the Cubs.
My son was sure to set her straight and let her know that the name of his team was State Farm Insurance! "State Farm Insurance?", she asked incredulously.
Yep! That's the name of his team.

I'll tell you what, I have never been so excited about insurance before.
Sitting on the sidelines yelling with all my heart, "Go State Farm Insurance!"
While other fans cheered in earnest for The Sprinkler Shop, CK Window Cleaning, or Swensen MD, just to name a few. I guess it's not the name of a team that makes it cool, it's the players!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Magpie Tales #21

(This is my first attempt at submitting a Magpie Tale. Magpie Tales is a wonderfully creative blog in which a picture is posted and one is to write a vignette or poem about the image. So here goes my best shot - Can you guess what I think it is?)

gentle softness unspoken

quietly weathered, nestled and soft

silently lying in wait

for a spark of a moment

to be free to fly

bursting with color and light

soaring and reaching

against the night

illuminating faces in awe

shining in wide eyes, then

softly shimmering down

glittering with reflection

disappearing into the sky

This is just my take on the photo, but there are many other writers creating their interpretations at Magpie Tales, so if you're in the mood for an interesting read, check it out!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Just a few blooms to brighten your day!