Posts tagged ‘Western Washington’

“As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo


13 days and counting down…
Help-Portrait Date for ♥’Hamsters Helping Bellingham ♥ is December 11, 2010.

 

“No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
– Calvin Coolidge

In this case, the honor given would be that you have helped someone receive a gift that will honor them and make them feel special. Your donation will help many hearts feel warmth this holiday season by supporting a one-day environment that will inspire both photographer and portrait subject. The gift recipients, for many years to come will have a picture or two that will remind them of that special day when someone did something for them, “Just because….” Nothing is asked of them in return but that they enjoy the day and be treated by the volunteers – and all involved – with the respect they deserve . Everyone involved in the project, Help-Portrait / ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham, will still receive the gift of happiness from them. To me that seems a reciprocal honor. What could be better?

Give a little, feel great about helping a worthy cause!

All purchases made for the event are accounted for by receipt and detailed expense report, then sent to the non-profit group Help-Portrait (H-P), who will then receive/gather, review and approve all receipts and reimburse the original purchasers with monies from the donation fund for each H-P group. Again, I will mention that ours is Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

SO, as you can see, this will literally come out of the local event coordinator(s)’s pocket, namely ME, and anyone who kindly fronts  money or products – believing in this event – for necessary items, if donations are not made. Donations “in kind” are still being debated amongst H-P and their legal team, so hopefully there will be civic-minded, huge-hearted, caring individuals that will donate in-kind type items and services on a wing and a prayer, “Just because…”

p.s. If you live in the Bellingham/Whatcom co. area and would like to volunteer just let me know. I can be contacted at help.portrait.cbr@gmail.com. There are many positions open: greeters, photographers, print/editing station operators, runners/liaisons between print/editing stations and photographer, hospitality hosts, etc. Any and all help is appreciated!

Donations of all sorts of photographic and computer items are needed too. Just write to the email address listed above, if you want to help out and become one of the ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

p.p.s It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy to help out. I promise!

The ‘Ham is a great place to live!


Sustainable Connections

To Market To Market…


Just a few more pictures from the BFM. Enjoy!

All pictures ©Carol A Bourns 2010

Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This


Photograph by Michael Reichmann*

There will be no cute, thoughtful, inspirational post today. This day was one filled with a doctor’s appointment, sad news about a beloved family dog,  rewriting my resume (yet again) in a few different formats for desired positions and trying to design a business/information card for Crazy Notebook and my photography.

Oh, let’s not forget to throw in a side effect from a new medication (which I am ceasing  to take, as of this evening) – ridiculous amounts of coughing – morning, noon and night. This has gone on for three months and I have had enough. I guess I was hoping it would go away, but I am silly like that. The cough keeps me awake at night and is exhausting. Sigh… Randomly, I will sound like I have consumption or whooping cough, which is not attractive when it activates while in the grocery store queue, socializing, or interviewing for a job. (The LOOKS people give me, you would think I had the plague.) Add to this the mercury climbing, my husband is trying to quit smoking (Yay!) and you have one grumpy, moody, tired, frustrated ME.

Yes, I know this is not the worst of my days…there are some stories I could tell you…whew, but this is just one of those days. You KNOW those days, I am sure you do. We all are allowed to have them and not have people expect us to be Li’l Miss Mary Sunshine. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If they do, shoot them a dirty look and feel righteous about it.

I thank you for your patience. Pity Party at my place, neither hors d’oeuvres nor libations will be served.

So, I will just work on editing some more pictures – I almost forgot to edit a bunch I snapped last month – maybe play some online mahjong or catch up on my Mad Men episodes. The cats, Sam(Seamus) and Pandora are curled up with me on the bed, as I type; the fans are oscillating and I make no apologies for being lax in posting something positive and bright today. Well, I will leave you with a cool, old movie poster:

Tumbleweed Trail

*Michael Riechmann

This Little Piggy Went to Market ….


Yes, I am still editing well over 100 photographs from my excursion to the local farmers’ market, but trust me that the wait for the pics will be worth it. Part of the fun – and frustration – of creating a new post is the decision making: Should I write a little story around the pictures? Create links to vendors’ web pages AND additional photographs? Just the vendors’ pages? Should I break up the post into several posts/entries? Maybe I should just create a pictorial post with links to the vendors at the bottom of the page. Hmmm, decisions. decisions; but I did want to give a “shout out”, before I create my Market Masterpiece, to everyone there.

Bless the vendors at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market (BFM)! They are AWESOME! Everyone there made me smile. I came back home on a manic high. It seemed that everyone there loved talking to the potential consumer about their endeavors and stewardship of food, art, beautiful crafts, etc. That made it exciting for me; I left the market feeling more alive than when I entered it.

We all need connections like this in our lives; good food, wonderful crafts and art, great people pursuing their dream, community, and conversation. Next Saturday, around 9 a.m. close your computer, turn off your television, grab your family (maybe a friend), hop on or in your favorite form of transportation (heck, walk if you are close enough) and head to your local farmers’ market! You will be happy and have a smile after you join your community, even if it is just to have look … and a nibble! Don’t forget to take a big bag to carry all your goodies home with you. Maybe head to a park afterward and have a picnic. Buy local and fresh. You will appreciate your purchases much, much more if you get to meet the people who bring the food to your table and make the arts and crafts for your home.You might even make a new friend (or ten) along the way.

See you next Saturday, my beloved BFM!

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010

If you want to visit the vendors’ websites without having to dig through my posts, look to the “This Little Piggy…” link on the sidebar here. I am compiling a list as I go along.

All Photos ©Carol Bourns-Roberts, 2010

Again, with the Ice Cream


Bellingham Farmers’ Market Goodies! God Bless Mallard Ice Cream and the wonderful, happy people that serve it! Even on a rainy day, it was perfect.

Photo ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010

Short and Sweet: Ice Cream


A short story in three pictures and very little words.

Best.Ice.Cream.Ever!!!

Indecision Scoop of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and Strawberry Tastes Like a PB&J Sandwich!

Mallard Ice Cream, Bellingham, WA

Mallard Ice Cream

A few extra words: They have over 500 flavors, including Earl Grey and Chocolate Chili, that they rotate. My next trip there I am having the Cardamom ice cream. They even have ices such as Golden Raz, made from fresh, locally picked champagne raspberries! I tried a taste, it was YUM!

All Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010
All font photos for “HAPPY” from various sources – Composition by Carol A. Bourns