Carniceria

The meat store was in a strange, rather derelict building that Jay and Mike thought would do just fine for a produce stand (Jay's Farm...

Home Assessment 5.27.20

I read a while back about how writing a narrative of your day is a great way to get a bird's eye view of how things are going in life;...

Manastash Run

I was running for my life. No one would save me but these two legs, this quickly tiring heart, these heaving lungs. There was nothing...

Cleaning Out the File Cabinet

Yesterday I tackled the file cabinet. It wasn't that it was so disorganized - just unused. It's still solid, outliving my needs. I...

Bravery (Or A Pot of Beans)

Yesterday I made a huge pot of pinto beans. They simmered all day and made my home smell like my childhood - we ate a lot of beans...

Peanut Butter Falcon

I watched the movie last week and loved it. It's sticky, you know? Lots to think about. Art! It does that to ya. The thing that most...

An Actual Message in a Bottle

This morning on the beach I found a message in a bottle. I was head clear, eyes eating up the ocean view, and I stumbled over a small...

What I've Been Learning From Running

Part of me laughed as I typed that title. Me? A runner? But I am. I am slow, and I am new to the running journey but I am a runner. And I...

Wednesday Afternoon

A ziploc bag of spaghetti sauce sags on the counter, slowly defrosting until I pour it out onto noodles for dinner. I've been reading...

Marks

Things leave their marks on us. While I had a handsome baby boy in November, I still look a bit pregnant. My Dad survived a heart attack...

Four Books I Loved in 2019

In 2018 I posted on my favorite books of the year and I had a long list, with quotes and everything. But I didn't have a sweet, huggable...

2019 Review

The year is not over yet, I know. But I'm in full on reflection mode and I'll probably write more on the year over the next two...

When Someone Plays to Help

Throughout my teen years I had a good family friend with whom I occasionally played tennis. He was a fantastic tennis player and helped...

Paper Linings

Ikea and I met afresh after a long hiatus last week. I came home laden with useful things: matching spice jars (I have had a spice jar...

Bad Dreams

Sometime in the early morning Samantha had a nightmare. She said it was about sharks. I had been having a nightmare until I heard her...

Grandma Doris (Apron)

I am enjoying being part of a writing group. We set out some practices for ourselves this summer where we pick a word and then free write...

Sowing and Reaping

"And to write is to sow and to reap at the same time." Ellie Wiesel in Memoirs Mr. Wiesel is an author and holocaust survivor. I'm...

Glamming.

Dale and I had fancy drinks and sushi at a rooftop bar in Bellevue on Saturday night. It had been a dream of mine since I'd heard about...

Summer Pregnancy

Well, feeling the baby halfway through this pregnancy is awesome. I sit down in my bedroom reading chair and lift my big legs onto the...

Blackberries

One mid-July evening, when the jewel colors of the Chehalis and Wishkah rivers and the hills of Douglas Firs sparkle their brightest, Dad...