Category Ordinary Life

One last weekend, and now back to work

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the second day of General Conference, and the last day of my three-week vacation. With a heavily overcast, steel-grey sky and an aggressive case of the Sunday Scaries that kept threatening to take over, I struggled to appreciate the time that I’ve had and the fact that so much is good […]

La Grande

On the drive to Boise I stopped in La Grande, Oregon, for gas and a snack—and to see the place where I lived from the age of 11 to 17, and which I hadn’t seen since then. What a strange visit! The surrounding valley was just as I remembered it, with the unmistakable profile of […]

Snow in Seattle!

It’s the most snow I’ve seen in seattle dine moving here seven years ago! A few days of lovely white, with the city basically shut down, and then rain to wash it all away before we could tire of it. Exactly the right way to do snow, in my opinion. And now we’re done for […]

Pasta and cake!

You only turn 71 once! We celebrated Carol’s with home made pasta and a show-stopper chocolate cake. Yummm.

Fog

There’s nothing quite like a foggy morning. So much scope for the imagination, as Anne of Green Gables might say. Growing up where I did, fog for me was something I knew more from books and movies than real life. It was associated with magic and “other” places. So encountering it as part of my […]

Flowers in wintertime

Oh hellebore, you lovely thing. Exactly what’s needed to lighten the midwinter darkness.

Solstice!

Shortest day of the year. Is it mystical? Ummm… maybe to some. For me, no. Most years I find the darkness fascinating and almost wish it would continue to Nordic levels. But this year it’s just been dark and grey and hard to get up in the morning. I’m really happy to be on the […]

From guest bedroom to home office

When my company announced that we’d be working from home at least through June, I decided I’d had enough—it was time for a proper office. You see, when I designed my house I intentionally went with a minimal setup. The idea was to have someplace to pay the bills and check personal emails. Work was […]

Christmas party within the pandemic bubble

This is the darkest time of the year and we don’t have all the usual Holiday parties to fill the calendar and make it bright. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be festive. The halls are decked and candles lit—it’s basically hygge 24/7 around here. And last night Amy and Carol joined us for […]

Christmas at the back door

Thanksgiving was lovely and I’ll put up some pictures when my sister sends me some… and in the meantime we’re moving full steam into Christmas! This year I decided the back yard needed some Christmas cheer. Little used in prior years, during the pandemic it has become my primary entrance. It’s cozy and private (surprisingly […]

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