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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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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 2 days ago on For the love of old bones at Growing Good
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 5 days ago at Growing Good
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I first saw this boat shaped house my sophomore year of college. It sits on the shore of the Pacific in the town of Manzanita and I immediately fell in love with them both. I knew that at some point in life I would live in that nautical house with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Growing Good
We ran off to the ocean last week and quite unexpectedly, in a bout of impatience to escape the heat and smoke and stretch our time at the coast, I landed at the front desk of Adah's school, fumbling through why I had to pull her out early. Clearly the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Growing Good
This afternoon I download pictures for the first time since early August and found images from other times and places that aren't choked in smoke and burning. Life feels fragile right now. Utter destruction from back-to-back hurricanes. Rights being removed, again and again and again. And our little piece of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Growing Good
Our just-turned 7 year old crawled into bed with me and I nestled in close, spooning my little bug, like I do most mornings. She asked why I always spoon her. I need a scoop of Adah Blue love to start my day, I told her. Without pause she responded,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Growing Good
Deborah, I have been wanting to reply but didn't want to do it in haste. I am finally sitting down with a cup of coffee and want to thank you for sharing, for reaching out, and for connecting. I held the weight of not being able to get pregnant for a long time, but the last two years I have found it almost restorative to write and talk about this sorrow and I have been surprised and comforted by how many woman share this journey. Your words are beautiful, so is your ability to find beauty and miracles in the children around you. They are the most precious gift, indeed. And yes, we keep walking and loving and living and finding light. Enjoy your summer and those precious babes of yours. Thanks again for your kindness.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2017 on Finding summer at Growing Good
My babes and I headed to Idaho on a whim last week, spending four sun soaked days along the Payette River and in the nearby lakes and woods. We swam in the calm sections and sat on the banks watching where the Payette crashes along its course, carving through basalt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Growing Good
The chirpiest, fluffiest, weest chicks recently joined our clan and Adah, in all of her mama hen luster, has taken them under her wing. She’s a natural nurturer that girl, and even in their most frenzied state, that bundle of chicks gets nothing but love and attention from her. A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Growing Good
Costa Rica, along the Pacific Ocean for a few days then up in the mountain around Arenal and Monteverde. All wonderful places.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Weekly bits of good at Growing Good
I just purged my camera of pictures from the happiest little week surrounded by family (including my dearest mama) and the rain forest of Costa Rica. We woke up the first morning to sounds of howler monkeys echoing through the thick air and I thought Adah had found her heaven.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Growing Good