Posted in February 2013

Ode to Old Man Percy

Ode to Old Man Percy

As a young kitten You were the size of a mitten. As fluffy as a bear With angora-like hair. Your giant, wide head Wobbled on a toothpick body Your purr similar to a VW engine Humming along like a song from the Grateful Dead. Named after a poet I had to study. You, like Percy Bysshe Shelley, are often seen as … Continue reading

Sports toy improves coffee performance

Sports toy improves coffee performance

A routine part of my day is the obligatory morning cup of coffee. It’s a ritualistic process that I’ve done so many times that my muscle memory requires very few neurons firing in my brain. Which is a very good thing. The cast of characters very rarely changes. The only pinch hitter is a different … Continue reading

Me and my buds

Me and my buds

As I sit here contemplating my toes, my eyes wander out to the garden. Spring is fast approaching and there’s much to do out here. Weeds to eradicate. Compost to rotate. Seeds to sow. Maintenance helps keep the things I’ve previously planted thriving. New plantings enrich the landscape and fill in those blank spaces. But … Continue reading

Flower & garden show

Flower & garden show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show this weekend reminded me that winter doesn’t last forever. There is color just around the corner. And now my brain is all a buzz with ideas for planting, harvesting, and enjoying the earth’s bounty. Succulents have always been a favorite of mine. They look so alien. And they survive … Continue reading

Sea to Sky Highway

Sea to Sky Highway

We had grey skies and then snow during our long weekend trip to Whistler. But on our last day, there couldn’t have been a more beautiful, clear blue sky. This is a theme in my life. I don’t take it personally…anymore. The sunshine was a perfect backdrop for our roadtrip back home. If you haven’t … Continue reading

Dancing bridge

Dancing bridge

With dreams of sunrise in my head, I held my breath. Quietly tiptoeing through the hotel room. Opening a squeaky closet door to reach my suitcase. Brushing my teeth in the small bathroom right next to where my slumbering family lay. Rifling through a pile of winter coats and snow pants in search of my hat. Could winter clothes be … Continue reading

Celebrating President’s Day…in Canada

Celebrating President’s Day…in Canada

A long weekend is a horrible thing to waste. So my brood and I packed up our bags and hit the road. Destination: Whister, B.C., Canada We needed some time away from our work and school schedules, and our constant Internet connectivity. We needed a little lazy time. So when we crossed that border, the … Continue reading

Opening my heart

Opening my heart

Like every other consumerized holiday, Valentine’s Day started out with good intentions. A day set aside to really give and receive love. And as odd as this may sound, that’s not always easy to do. So today, I’m taking time out of my morning to think about how I love. To consider areas where I … Continue reading

Cauliflower is good, m’kay

Cauliflower is good, m’kay

It’s kitchen concoction time, again. If you read last week’s post, you’ll notice a recurring character. Cauliflower. A fabulous winter bounty that I, apparently, am addicted to. mmmm….cauliflower. Is it wrong to love a vegetable so much? mmm…vegetables. My husband thinks I’m crazy for loving vegetables so much. He suffers through eating them, because he knows they’re … Continue reading

A fun bit of escapism

A fun bit of escapism

For the past several days, I’ve been watching The River Why. A fun bit of escapism for me. It took me several days, because I only had 30 minute chunks of time in which I could watch the film. While folding laundry on Sunday night. Just before bed on Monday night. And, finally, the last … Continue reading