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Archive for May, 2011

cougar

Not something you get to see everyday. Maybe once in a lifetime if you are lucky… Such a wild experience, to observe this magnificent, massive cat.

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the open road

I’m about as happy as can be to stay at home, dig in the dirt, tend to the garden, soak up the smells and warmth of spring… but a little trip out into the hills this week has me daydreaming about camping in the wild silence, swimming in the lake, jumping into swimming holes, picking blueberries… Oh man do I love summer!

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little beast

The beautiful, graceful banana slug. This Pacific NW native is occasionally found in our garden – from which I gently move out, and into their natural forest habitat. There is something so peaceful about these unusual creatures. I was teasing with my mom this morning about the little known fact that if you lick a banana slug, it will temporarily numb your tongue. I never tried it, but lots of kids did. Hey Nor’westers, did you???

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Am I allowed to brag if it’s not about myself? Great, because my guy is certainly clever and quite resourceful, and oh so much more! Today a huge eye sore, the size of a 6-seater hot tub, was removed from our yard, by one dude, single-handedly. Yay! We had inquired last year about having this job done by professionals, and it would have been a crew of 3 or 4 guys, and cost us somewhere in the range of $500 upward.

We are hoping to give this tub away for free. At the very least, we would like to save it from the landfill. We tried last year, with no takers, but now that it has been dug out of a 4 foot deep hole, lifted up out of this hole, hoisted over a little fence, down a slope and onto a trailer (with only a farm jack, a few planks and some scraps of wood!) ready to drive away… hopefully we will have better luck.

I watched some of this process, and helped just a little. Cleverness, patience and resourcefulness was a lot of what made this happen. And those words happen to pretty well describe this person, who I love sharing my life with so much.

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lately

Beet soup. from the garden. Yum.

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Blue skies and cherry blossoms. Hoping the fruit sets this year.

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A visit from Mom. She is learning to knit again.

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Late nights in the studio.

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Flowering kale. A honey been HAVEN. This bed justĀ  hummmmmms.

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The making of our make-it-with-what-you’ve-got potato tower.

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Potato seed. A post about how we build potato towers is coming real soon.

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This week brought some unexpected gifts. Sometimes it takes a minute to recognize a gift! I’m grateful for friends and family, who help pull me out of my work zone once in a while. A girls night out, a little kayak trip in the hot healing sun, a challenging hilly run with my sister, a choir concert full of little 9 year olds, a happy mother’s day visit with my mom. Sometimes I’m kind of a stinker about breaking up my intense work routine, but I am always grateful for the reality check, and yes indeed I needed one.

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simple things

Whipped up a quick little something for our home the other day. It was enormously satisfying for such a simple little thing. It’s always super rewarding to make things for our home, though I rarely ever do, for lack of time. I made this pillow cover with a gray vintage plaid wool, backed with my favorite-in-the-whole-wide-world Romanian hemp canvas. It’s an envelope style cover, and went over an existing pillow we had that has been laying around. Brand new now! I like adding texture to our home with natural patterns in natural materials. Adding a little color to our super natural palette is fun too. That aqua blue and golden yellow wool blanket is a really nice Pendleton I found a couple weeks ago. After 3 thorough washings it has become a new favorite, and with the addition of the new pillow I feel like we have a brand new sitting area.

I hope you all are enjoying the weekend. And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.

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