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The Spirit of Hawaii

For the second year in a row, we left the land of gray drizzle for one of brilliant sun.  My husband should be warned, this could become a most delightful habit!  Last year we traveled to Sayulita, Mexico this year we had the opportunity to explore Kauai, Hawaii.  We packed up the kids, brought along our…

A Ray of Sunshine

My daughter got in the car the other day and announced, “It smells like summer.”  The day had been one of those extraordinary early spring days where everything is warm and feels of promise.  The car had that earthy warm smell that comes from sitting in the sun after transporting two active children.  Perhaps it…

My Pig

I have two children. As I have said before, my son is my little gardener. And my daughter is my little environmentalist. She has always been one who looks at the big picture. It was a result of her encouragement that you will find me riding my bicycle to accomplish my close in errands. During…

The Forests and Wetlands are Healing

A couple weeks ago, I had a health scare. It is nothing that cannot be fixed. It has, however, reminded me that I am getting older and I need to take better care of myself. Too often, it is too easy to say that work needs me or kids need me or my garden needs…

Summer Vegetables

Are you tired of hearing me complain about the cold and the rain?  Me too!  Memorial Day weekend marks the time when Oregonians can get summer vegetable seedlings into the ground and I start dreaming about Caprese Salad, Zucchini Gratin, and Nicoise Salad.  I begin to look forward to long, leisurely suppers served outdoors, surrounded…

A Special Place

We lost a couple members of the family this week. Or what feels like a couple members. One I will be happy to see go. I will mourn the loss of the other two. Three of our six 80-year-old trees that border the sidewalk have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be…

April

The weather this week has been very conducive to wandering.  The trees are flowering and my baby seeds are sprouting (at least some of them!). I enjoy wandering around my yard in the morning, to see what might be new, what might have grown and how things are coming along. My concentration level seems to…

Spring Break where the Sun Shines

Last week my family spent a glorious (sunny!) vacation enjoying the little beachside town of Sayulita, Mexico.This was the first time we took our kids out of the country. And so, the typical pre-vacation crazies that go along with all those pre-vacation chores was compounded with the pre-vacation anxiety of taking my children to a…

Breathe, Play, Explore

The to-do list can be so long.  It can be overwhelming.  Sometimes, I feel like I am just moving from one item to the next.Less concerned about what it is that I am doing, than I am about getting it done.Laundry, cleaning, accounting, planning family dinner.Family life is overlaid with work life, which has its own…

Salt and Pepper Mountain

My grandmother used to always say that she had “salt and pepper hair.” She had the cutest smile and a wry sense of humor. She also had the biggest heart and gave out the best hugs. Oh, and she was a fabulous cook! Another of her sayings went “Your mother can sew and your other…