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Ringing in the New Year With Buddy!

Celebrating New Year's Eve has never been a social long suit of mine. My internal time clock chimes in around 10 o'clock p.m. with "Commence...
Boz the bulldog

Little Buddy, Big Heart: Remembering Boz

I first met Boz when he was age two and living in a south Seattle neighborhood. I immediately ascertained no cul de sac or chain-link...

Vashon Vision: Future Found in a File Cabinet

Cleaning House, Finding Treasures Ah, the new year, a time to fall in line with my better self and ponder the things I plan...

Farmhouse Finery: New Paint, New Chapter

The original 1888 door and windows repainted.
Pacific Northwest farmhouse

Home Sweet Home: New Paint, New Life

Painting and Patience Seventeen years ago I drove up a gravel drive to behold the house destined to become my new home. Imperfectly perfect, the...
Vashon Farmhouse

Time to Remove the Siding

Curing a Bad Case of Shingles...House Shingles In 2004, my very patient realtor led me up a gravel lane to a hilltop setting of monumental...
quiche breakfast

Quiche Lorraine: How to Make Breakfast Pie

Don't like Quiche: Hear Me Out Quiche Lorraine got a bad rap in the 80s, all started by the tongue-in-cheek book Real Men Don't Eat...
Vashon Island Christmas

Christmas Gift 100 Years in the Making

In 2019, on Christmas day , I received a gift 100 years in the making. Surprisingly, the treat presented itself within an email inquiry...
tall clover farm house

Thanksgiving 2020: Gratitude Is on the Menu

Darkness surrounds me right now, but I know light will prevail if I just wait patiently. My rooster Rufus reminds me of this notion,...
sourdough crackers

Tommy Want a Cracker…Recipe

The art of baking has risen to new heights (har, har) thanks to the idle hands and stir-crazy minds of the homebound during this...