Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone

Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone {30}

  One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to install flood lights at the base of my century-old madrona trees. The underlit behemoths put on quite a show. In the Pacific Northwest, the iconic madrona tree stands unmatched in growth habit and sculptural beauty.  The sinewy, cinnamon-barked tree reaches for the sky in a pose seemingly(…)

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Goldilocks and the One Bearish Bulldog

Goldilocks and the One Bearish Bulldog {15}

Someone’s Sitting in My Chair… Boz and Gracie, my beloved bullies, are never short of entertaining antics.  So when my friend Nancy stopped by for the last slice of my homemade pumpkin pie, Boz took issue with the interloping nature (in his eyes) of her visit. First of all, I paid more attention to Nancy(…)

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Little Truck, Big Life

Little Truck, Big Life {21}

In 1998, I bought my little gray Mazda truck with a 150,000 miles on it for $1500. The gentleman I bought it from was a Delta Airlines pilot who used the truck to commute between his Seattle home and Portland base. All I had to know was he was a former Navy pilot with a meticulously maintained vintage MG(…)

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How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin for Pie or Soup

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin for Pie or Soup {17}

With my front porch buckling under the weight of pumpkins, and winter bringing up the rear, I’m eager to do something with the bounty before me. Two things come to mind: pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. But first things first, let me show you how I cook and process the pumpkin to a more workable and storable(…)

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