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Memorial Day: What a Child Remembers

Memorial Day: What a Child Remembers

Proud to serve his country, my father was a quiet man more prone to holding his patriotism and service in his heart than wearing it on his sleeve. Flash, pretense, and braggadocio had no place in his character, nor in his life. I can still hear […]

Make Delicious Orange Peel Caviar

Make Delicious Orange Peel Caviar

Orange peels and rinds are oft ignored flavor salvos just too good to toss or compost. These spongy fruit overcoats hold concentrated essential oils and chewy textures destined to brighten up any pallid palate or daily diet with a shot of orange-flavored sunshine. Hyperbole? I think not.  Orange […]

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic – June 9 – 12, 2016 I love it when a familiar place surprises me, when I discover something that has been right under my nose, in plain sight as they say, doing handstands, waving its arms, flashing its veritable pearly whites at me, in […]

The Harriet Houdini of Hen House Row

The Harriet Houdini of Hen House Row

I don’t keep chickens, they keep me. My healthy flock of 15 hens, one rooster and a clutch of nestbox eggs keep me busy. I don’t begrudge the ladies, gent and soon-to-be downy toddlers my daily attention and efforts, from opening and closing the coop, to […]

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

May Flowers: Thank You October-Through-April Showers Each month yields its own little surprises in my garden. In May, I welcome visitors in bloom, bough, petal and seedpod, returning from a season of rest, only to burst on the scene like waving flags, sprite sparklers, lavish crowns and pulpy jewelry. And since it’s […]

Who Is the Old Guy in the Selfie?

Who Is the Old Guy in the Selfie?

Each new season can be a quirky, moody little affair, that at times falls out of synch with my resident disposition, though I venture to say most seasons would argue it’s the other way around. Whatever the case, certainly spring has done its part to awaken nature, feverishly showing off with […]

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

The first day of spring couldn’t have come soon enough, although winter’s waning days were nothing short of halcyon — those teaser days when waterlogged memories of drenching, consuming rain evaporate from my consciousness merely by a rise in temperature, an extension of daylight, and the welcome […]

How to Build an Ikea Dresser (and Remain Sane)

How to Build an Ikea Dresser (and Remain Sane)

In a weak moment, I was lured by the siren song of Ikea, by the promise of attractive, low-cost furniture flaunting itself (assembled, no less) in an endless maze of options and distractions.  I succumbed, packed a parcel of patience and a PB and J, and […]

Preserving Lemons: A Sweet Way to Save a Sour Fruit

Preserving Lemons: A Sweet Way to Save a Sour Fruit

Preserving lemons never looked or tasted so good. Last month my friend Myra gave me some Meyer Lemons from her mother’s tree in California. I think my response was somewhere between abject gushing and that of accepting an Academy Award. Yep, just shy of tearing up and […]

Chicken Staycation: Day Trip to the Greenhouse

Chicken Staycation: Day Trip to the Greenhouse

Chicken Staycation: Greener Pastures Make for Happy Chickens Winter wetness has been a tough reality for my chickens (and me), especially considering February rainfall broke an all time record in the Puget Sound (Seattle) area. Wet chickens are right up there with wet cats, not a […]