Mother’s Day: Food, Photos, Inspiration.

On Mother’s Day, I just wanted to turn up the music, open the windows, forage for food, and make a meal to give my family. Ever since we finished most of the kitchen remodel, I have been deeply in love with just putzing around the kitchen, snipping a bit of this and chopping a bit…

First Video.

It’s a small start, but it gives a little view of our piece of earth and where I’m at with our planting. More to come. Give this one a look-see and leave a comment (even a one-word or one-liner) to let me know you stopped by! Thank you!!!  

Planting Season.

At long last, planting season has finally really arrived here in our neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest. I feel a bit breathless from all the waiting. I’ve been dreaming about this gardening space for two years, and planning it out for the past five months. The garden beds, representing months of periodic…

Riding the tractor with dad.

  Brian mowed the lawn this weekend, and I spent the morning mowing the far reaches of our property earlier this week. It’s been forever since we mowed the whole place, and I had an epiphany about the crazy joy of wandering through dappled grass and carving out play space and trails and platforms for…

So, you want to move to an island?

Do you sometimes dream of moving to rolling green hills in the country? Or to a small, perfect cabin by the sea? Maybe, like we did, you want to make the leap to a different life in a place you only dare to dream about because dreams are just for dreaming, right? Where do you…

Grit.

I read reviews about the book Grit, by Angela Duckworth, when it first came out in 2016. But I didn’t start reading it until I found it recently on prominent display at a bookstore. I started reading it on Sunday. And, like all good books, it got me thinking. This book is all about the…

Orca Bean Vegetable Soup {and the art of being food flexible}

It’s a cool April day here.  The kids are lounging in the living room with their noses in books. It’s their Spring break. Normally we head out of town, but this year we stayed back, and we’re trying to make the most of it. I am looking forward to watching the leaves unfurl on the…

Buckets of wild beauty.

I have been silent over here. I know. I’ve just been posting little piddly Facebook things here and there and I have been missing my time writing in my little writing studio and connecting with all of you. I am finally back at it, but that doesn’t mean we were silent over here. We’ve had…

Motivation. For all of us. Right?

  I am a big believer in our mind’s susceptibility to messages–positive and negative. We all have an inner demon and an inner angel–the voice that suppresses our innate strength, or the voice that lifts us up. We all know that if we listen to the wrong voice, as we are all apt to do…

Old farmy things.

Things are happening in our house. Good things. We’re finishing our kitchen. We have fancy new accouterments like kitchen trim and wainscoting and columns and–voila!–a kitchen island that is anchored in one place instead of scooting around the room if you bump into it. Soon we’ll have shelves to put our drinking glasses and dinnerware….

Mornings at Blakely Harbor.

Brian captured some of the quiet beauty of a sunny almost-Spring morning at Blakely Harbor this morning. The scent of apple blossoms was heady. What a way to wipe sleep from our eyes and start the day with a few moments of time together. This day. It’s spectacular. It’s lemony sun and apple blossom clouds…

Building our farm–one garden bed at a time.

As most of you know, we are trying to live off of our land this year–eating only the food and eggs we grow on our land along with other local protein sources (and necessities we can’t grow here, like coffee and spices). Our goal is pretty straightforward: Eat beautiful fresh food; preserve it for winter;…