Reflections

Reflections

Clear night skies bring dipping temperatures, and results in frozen morning dew. A white dusting clings to all surfaces; windshields, branches, and blades of grass. Stepping from a warm home, that first breath outside is sharp and stings the nostrils. Hustle to the car.  Loaded down with laptop, camera, and kids, it’s the beginning of a work day. My … Continue reading

To CSA or to not CSA?

To CSA or to not CSA?

CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Most people are familiar with the term, because organic farming has been steadily growing in popularity over the years. I know my husband and I have been discussing it for a long time. But we’ve never pulled the trigger. So, to CSA or to not CSA? That is the question. … Continue reading

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