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GrowingGood
Northwestern Washington
I am a mama, a wife and a seeker of all that is good around and within me.
Interests: I am a lover of the woods, rain, sunshine, trail running, finding woody, organic treasures, knitting, tundra lichen, laughter, and adventures, both big and small.
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I awoke yesterday morning to Jesse singing Gordon Lightfoot and strumming the guitar. Miles laid rowdy notes on his mandolin in off time, and though the world was silent otherwise, I knew Adah was nestled nearby, reading a book as she so often does. I drifted in and out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Growing Good
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I dumped a weeks worth of photos late last night and am thumbing through them on a layover in Vancouver. They are photos from the kids first week of summer. Photos of music and projects and knitting and one of Adah’s most beloved pastimes at the moment—wagon rides with Lady... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Growing Good
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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Growing Good
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We drove down our gravel road at dusk last week with two tired babes after a long day and an evening school play. Right before our driveway Jess and I simultaneously caught sight of something swoop from low in the grass to the top of the lone pine on the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Growing Good
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It was almost eleven years ago when Jesse and I hopped on our bikes near the town of Glennallen, Alaska, having only ridden a handful of gravel miles in the relatively roadless town where we were living in western Alaska. We biked through wet snow into the Yukon Territory and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Growing Good
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I am a list maker. For work that need to get done. For things to make. For projects that need completing. For books to read. For songs for Jesse and I to learn to play. For meals to make. For words to learn. I am forever finding lists scribbled on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Growing Good
Well thanks for reading! I just went to your blog and saw the news of your little Wren. What a beautiful babe and such a precious name. Congrats and best to you and your family.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2018 on In her absence at Growing Good
Thanks for your sweet words, Elizabeth. Her absence is felt often throughout the day but I am so thankful for the years, the memories and the love. I will hold tightly to your words that what is good in never lost. Thank you. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2018 on In her absence at Growing Good
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I found myself wanting to come to this space these past few weeks but simply didn't carve out the time. The scrublands have awakened with yellow bells, blue-eyed Mary's and Lomatiums. Chicks are peeping and eating and seizing the turning of spring. I turned 39. I think that's the first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Growing Good
Thanks for the kind words Ginny. The shawl's shape turned out a bit wonkier than expect, but that's how it goes sometimes! I still am quite smitten with the pattern.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2018 on For the love of old bones at Growing Good
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I am perched in a precarious part of our kitchen between pine boards, bamboo flooring and overflowing recycling. Our remaking of little lovely little home has the potential to accelerate my garden of greys and provoke petty squabbles. Time frames running overs. This shade or that. But I tell you,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Growing Good
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These days. Some mornings we awake to snow covering the grassland and neighboring hills, while others it is replaced by rain dripping off of our rotting rafters. Our part of the world is turning toward spring. I have wondered how the grass widows, one of the first bloomers, responds to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Growing Good
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A few of the things bringing me happiness today and all days. My babes. My Jess. This land and all of the creatures that live here. Yarn on my needles. Nourishing food and hoppy beer. Time and space to savor it all. Happy love day to you all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Growing Good
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Our newfound home is surrounded by a network of public land. It is land where rocks from the Missoula floods came to rest. It is white oak country. You can feel it in the lay of earth and in the air but it looks more like rangeland these days. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Growing Good
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It was Saturday late afternoon when Jesse and I found ourselves driving west along the Columbia River with just trusty Nuk in the rear. We had dropped off our babes in Portland with a dear friend and were getting a night away on the coast. We saw geese gathered on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Growing Good
What a beautiful color pallet and images of both your inside and outside world. Your words are lovely, as always. I beautiful new year to you and your family.
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We received our first hefty snowfall in the days leading up to Christmas. Miles and Adah would only come inside when enticed by hot coco and a quick warm up before heading back out again. Adah, ever so inspired by the Eagle Huntress, worked diligently with her barred rock chicken,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Growing Good
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Things to remind myself this time of year: ♥Morning coffee tastes best outside in the cold and rain and dark. Step outside, even just for a moment, and enjoy it. ♥It feels better to be calm than to be worked up. Do the things that keep me calm: morning silence... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Growing Good
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There is a bench perched on an open hillside abutting oak woodlands just a miles or so walk from our house. Miles and I often end up there on the mornings that he isn't away at preschool. We wandered there yesterday. He brought a handful of Legos, dumped them out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Growing Good
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I spent Sunday at a retreat at the base of a snowy mountain at a Buddhist abbey in the company of women. Truth be told I was skeptical about the whole thing. I often feel that the women that get to attend such self care gatherings, women like myself with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Growing Good
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We bought this house knowing it had a near dry well and was in an area with a knotty history of intermingling wells that are sucking each other dry. It scared me off at first, largely due to the cost of drilling a new well or the current (and already... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Growing Good
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The world in these parts is one stunning display of light and shadows. Barreling clouds blowing in from the west, pitching deep, satiated shadows across the autumn sky and oak woodlands. They come and go, dropping rain, revealing light, and casting rainbows as big as this mighty Gorge. We're outside... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Growing Good
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Rain. Rose hips. Wild turkeys return. Leaves falling and piling. Color cast upon the summer's parched earth. Nettle and mint tea. Harvest light. Woolies. Rubber boots. Sincerely autumn. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Growing Good
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I spent Saturday among a group of women makers. They are fiber artists and weavers. Knitters and sewers. Healers and menders. They create and heal with their hands. We spent the morning at a women-run farm deadheading and harvesting sunflowers, marigolds eucalyptus, zinnias, and amaranthus. What fragrant and beautiful autumn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Growing Good
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The rains arrived. They dampened fires, quenched thirsts, and eased minds after a long and enflamed summer. They opened room to breathe, to take walks again, and to make room for fall. I have returned to the trails, collecting native seeds and envisioning casting them upon heavily grazed grounds and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Growing Good