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I Planted a Tree for Someone’s Tomorrow

I Planted a Tree for Someone’s Tomorrow

In the summer, I begin my morning with a walk about the property, coffee cup in hand, bulldog in tow, boots adrip with dew. Daylight does not suffer lazy fools in the Pacific Northwest or so my inner voice tells me. Dawn slips in early, dusk withdraws on its […]

Rebuilding My Porch and DIY Credibility

Rebuilding My Porch and DIY Credibility

I keep a mental to-do list, a growing index of things I want to get done, or more importantly that need my attention, or better put, needed my attention yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before…. Well you get the idea. Some tasks have been […]

The Journey That Led Home

The Journey That Led Home

This winter, I am suffering from (dare I say) Blogger’s Block, where my eyes stare at the laptop, my fingers go through typing exercises, and my brain rereads what appears on the screen, and then, my pinky goes rogue and hits the delete key boldly and unapologetically. […]

May Day at My House

May Day at My House

May Day, May Day… The sun is rising with a gusto usually reserved for July, and I’m just about to take the last good swig of coffee before heading out to seize the day and the to-do list. But before I do the to-do’s, let me share a few pics from […]

Room Makeover: Sleeping Porch to Orderly Office

Room Makeover: Sleeping Porch to Orderly Office

Confession: I’m no neatnik. Oh, you guessed as much?  Dang. I apparently posted one too many photographs exposing my penchant for clutter and collecting. Now that things are out in the open (piled, stacked, strewn and amassed in the open) I will share with you […]

Warn and Welcome: Old Bell for a New Gate

Warn and Welcome: Old Bell for a New Gate

Saved by the Bell…  My elegant early warning system; more of a ga-long, ga-long, than a ding-dong, ding-dong. My kitchen nook and home office are one in the same. I face south toward the cottonwoods and a large moss-covered maple pondering the start of my […]

Bird in the House, Beauty in Hand

Bird in the House, Beauty in Hand

A feathered friend finds an elegant perch.  Bird on a Wire… Yesterday, I came in to feed the dogs and ferret through the fridge for the last gulp of sweet tea. After refueling both beast and man, I heard the faintest of flutters, the light […]

Tarps Be Gone: New Roof for an Old Barn

Tarps Be Gone: New Roof for an Old Barn

2004: Of the eight structures original to the property, the machine shop is  the only out building remaining. The original farm, established in 1888, grew to cover 32 acres and to support a 20-cow barn, large fruit-storage house, three-story 1,000 gallon water tower, milking parlor, hog […]

Farm Photos: The Week in Review

Farm Photos: The Week in Review

Outside my window, bluebells lap at the trunk of a bigleaf maple. A few warms days on the island, and Mother Nature takes notice. The orchard trees are set to bloom, the days get longer (just like my chore list) and the memories of a […]

Painting My House in the Hues of Summer

Painting My House in the Hues of Summer

Painting my house in the colors of summer Before: Peach Palette for the Peach Palace; Boz remains neutral. My house has enjoyed a bit of local notoriety as the Peach Palace, a generous and friendly moniker befitting her pale ripe paint job and historic presence.  […]