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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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We have been discussing this whole self-perpetuating phenomenon lately. We are more eager to do what comes easily. The more we do a thing, the easier it becomes. This whole year has been a personal challenge to push myself into... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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“These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one's self. To mind one's own business. Not to want to manage other people's affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's often very warm after dinner. We move slowly, as a rule, gathering the dishes and putting the leftovers away. I am happy for my window over the sink. It faces out over the valley where the sun sets. Right... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Some quick takes? Soccer is in high gear again. I have been using my practice hours - and any other hour not spoken for - to get lost in Anna Karenina. It is a book I didn't want to read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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This week has seen a lot of action for the three youngest here. We sent that young man (above) off to camp. Then the girls have been preparing their projects to submit to a local gallery for our city's monthly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We had a quiet dinner at home for Alannah's 23rd birthday. It has been such a blessing having her here as long as we have. Ours have tended to fly from the nest earlier vs later. In her case, having... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Tess has been showing more and more interest in the sewing machine and has developed a very steady hand and foot recently. We have looked through many, MANY, how to sew books and most left us underwhelmed. We decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Up for a virtual Sunday drive in the country? How about we visit Midway, Utah? It's a little bit of Switzerland in the Rockies. We hope to return for Swiss Days in the fall or the Christmas creche festival. From... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's funny how you think you know the stories inside and out and yet a fifth or fifteenth or fiftieth read still yields another new revelation. We have commisserated and mused with several different friends all feeling the pull to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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While my guys were tackling a deck repair the other day I ended up getting some work done ahead in the kitchen. Big project of the day was getting some dressing and ghee made. Aidan had mentioned In and Out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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That sounded catchy. It's actually far more impromptu and serendipitous than thoroughly preplanned, however it has come together so nicely. First, it's hot. Just blasted hot. Second, September is starting to fill up with fun travel plans. So we jointly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We are wrapping up a short trip to the Uintahs. Connection is sketchy so this will be necessarily short. While reading during some down time I ran across Jane Kenyon's poignant poem Otherwise. I was thinking of it when I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I came across a wonderful summer bucket list a teacher made for her students encouraging them to experience all nature has to offer this summer. My artsy kids were inspired to take the framework of her sketch and make their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Summertime is festival time locally and the surrounding towns and neighborhoods have been begun their celebrations. The kids have been looking forward to these, especially since they have been working towards their first kids' runs. We got up bright and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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A small bouquet of roses, just because, now a little past their prime. Ice cream sundaes because it's too hot to turn on the oven. A challenging checkers match with a good friend. Pretty much a perfect Sunday afternoon. "I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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That's what my family says so far. We unloaded another load of landscaping dirt tonight. The girls thought that called for dessert and knew exactly which one would be best. "The Cook's Illustrated recipe?" I asked. "No! Alannah's are the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Outside: Summer announced its commencement with temperatures approximating those on the surface of Venus. Ok, I exaggerate. (no, it's true, I do that sometimes) We have been spoiled by exceptionally mild weather for some time now. It was bound to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It was such a rare blessing to meet friends from California and friends from Maryland in this beautiful place. We aren't exactly halfway but it worked out that we could all get here at the same time which is something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Summer festival season has begun and we couldn't be happier. We almost didn't make this one due to tackling some home ownership issues. (I am tellin' you, folks, I'm still ambivalent about home ownership.) In the end my husband shooed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Let me preface by saying we fully intended to honor our nation's fallen heroes at the cemetary memorial service this weekend. Then....stuff....happened. A couple unnamed children decided to camp out the night before. At 3:30am I got a text from... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The past few months have been full of training for my husband's 2017 project - the triathalon. A long time distance runner, he decided to stretch himself and try something different. This weekend we are on the road doing his... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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In the best sort of "take your child to work" scenarios, we met my husband at his base squadron's environmental awareness event this week where the children were able to do some catch and release fishing with the DNR folks.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Another track season is on the books. As it turns out track is nearly ideal for this mom viewer. Not too hot, not too cold. And bleachers. Lots of perks. Not the least of which was that what turned out... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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LA's Chinatown was a must see for me. It is smaller than San Francisco of course but definitely full of color and culture. Red and blue and yellow pretty much make my heart sing. Yes, we did have to have... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Tess has been enjoying her pack of art cards from Christmas. We randomly pulled the top card today to hang up and discuss. It was Munch's The Scream. Not my fave but we remembered some perspective drawings saved on Pinterest... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch