Category Ordinary Life

Progress at the little house

Quick overnight trip to Boise this weekend to check on the renovation project. The house has been gutted, reframed, and newly outfitted with HVAC and natural gas. It’s ready for drywall, floors, and the rest—and since the historic district approval came through on Friday, we’ll be able to get started in earnest on the next […]

Not the week to travel

I was supposed to start the new year off with a business trip to Washington DC. A series of meetings and onboarding a new team member. Last week when snow and record low temperatures shut down all travel out of Seattle I rescheduled my flight, pushing it out to today thinking the additional day would […]

Happy New Year!

We made gnocchi, watched four episodes of Lost in Space, and FaceTimed family and friends in the Mountain time zone when their midnight arrived. Then we braved the icy streets to Justin’s place so we could watch the Seattle fireworks shot from the top of the Space Needle. And now to bed to get our […]

The sunset matched my roses

My garden felt a little empty today without the pond fish (as predicted, the full population has now died), and I felt a little blue. But as I left the garden after dinner I turned for one last look at the roses—just in time to see the pink and yellow sunset in shades that matched […]

Death in the pond

Something went very wrong today. This morning my fish were energetic and seemed perfectly healthy. I fed them, checked their water and treated it for ammonia and algae; pruned the water lilies. By this evening half of them were dead—including my prized giant black one—and I fear some, possibly all, of the others will be […]

Work travel!

After a year and a half of working from home I’m officially on a business trip to Chicago! And it’s going just as a business trip to Chicago should go: flights delayed due to severe weather . . . . . . and then an extra hour in the air due to tornadoes . . […]

Also, my monstera is living up to its name

It is seriously going to take over the home office slash guest bedroom. And that cactus I got in Portland six years ago that was small enough to drive home with between Amanda’s feet in the front seat? Well, that’s all grown up, too. Almost taller than I am!

More of the garden

I’m realising we’re already more than halfway through the summer and I’ve documented virtually nothing of my garden this year. Not sure why—especially since it has been huge success. Maybe I’ve just been too caught up enjoying it to want to stick my nose back in the phone to post about it. But if hate […]

Water lily

If April showers bring May flowers, the heat and sunshine of July bring water lilies. And oh, what a dazzling show they put on! I attribute this 100% to moving the pond from the spot next to the Japanese maple tree to where it now sits along the southern parapet. After going all last year […]

Fourth of July!

This might have been the best weather I’ve had in Seattle for the 4th of July. The morning was chilly and cloudy, but then the clouds cleared and it warmed right up and it was just about perfect. Justin and I hosted a small family barbecue with his parents and brother on the roof, and […]

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