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In the Kitchen

            First: the wonderful Tonia is hosting a giveaway of my poetry book The Salt – hop on over to her blog to enter for a chance to win   Our cafe & bakery officially closed its doors last week.  We celebrated this new stage of life (focusing on our […]

What Makes Us Happy

I’ve been thinking these days about how what makes us happy often doesn’t necessarily feel “good” in the moment. I think Gretchen Rubin articulated this very well in her book The Happiness Project, when she takes an art class that’s excruciatingly challenging and painful, but very satisfying, too. That little needlework I did a few […]


        It seems to me that everything in the light and air ought to be happy; Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know that he has enough. -Walt Whitman –       Many thanks for all your sweet words about my last post – what […]


    Looking back at the photos from these past weeks, it’s hard to believe what I grump I’ve been.  More truthfully, I’ve been there for months.  Some folks seem to be able to blog no matter what their mood, but I tend to stay away from this space if what comes out is likely […]


    He usually wakes up first, and so this little one and I come down early in the mornings and have these quiet moments to ourselves. He wakes hungry, so it’s a quick and light breakfast these days – sourdough toast with butter and maybe a little marmalade, or yogurt and granola. We moved […]

Love What You Love

(Ok, so I just wrote this whole post, and then lost it.  Let’s try again.) I guess you could say this is my mantra these days – Love what you love.  I really mean it.  I’ve been realizing this year how much time I spend doing things I think I should do, instead of what […]

(Gratitude Friday) Reminder to Myself:

Remember this, self, when you want to sleep in – getting up early is the gift. (Unrelated photos of amazing pizzas Ben made for dinner recently. You can see why I married him.) Why I Wake Early By Mary Oliver Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over […]

Good Things

I finished her Phoebe sweater, but she was feeling way too silly to let me get a good shot. I found out that you *can* recycle old clothes, even ratty ones that aren’t fit for the thrift store.  I’ve taken at least 6 full bags of old sheets, farm clothes, etc – what a relief! […]

The New Breakfast Chef

  There’s a new breakfast chef in our house – Ella.  She’s been very interested in cooking and baking with us lately, although often this ends up with her trying to make dinner, while I’m already in the midst of making dinner.  As part of a general change of climate around here, I’m looking for […]

Mother’s Day is for Peace

(Ella at her school’s May Fair) To all the mothers in the world, I’d like to give a heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day today.  You work hard, you do a terrific job, and you’re awesome.  I really think so. That being said, Mother’s Day is not actually supposed to be about mothers – it’s about mothers […]