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Gratitudes: For friends who are also feeling grateful these days, too. For finally getting to canning some applesauce – it’s been three years since it last happened in my kitchen. Grateful, especially, for beautiful organic apples from a local orchard, spared by the spring frosts this year. Grateful to be feeling more and more like […]


    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 […]

A Little Spring Poem – With Gratitude

The moon. The darkened mountains. Need I say more? (c) Adrie Lester 2013

Fair Isle Raglan & a little more about marriage

Joining Ginny today for Yarn Along – always fun.  I’m still knitting away on my husband’s raglan.  It is fun to show today, since I finished the fair isle band and I’m really tickled with how it came out! I picked up Eight Human Talents at the library a few weeks ago, and while I […]

Keeping It Simple

  I’m thinking about ways to keep this holiday season simple. When I look back at my own childhood, what do I remember most as being truly special? Here’s the short list I made – yours might look quite different: Beautiful music & singing (I was in a choir for many years) Beautiful decorations & […]

Remember: The Red Bowl

Time to remind myself of this, and thought perhaps you’d like a reminder, too.  Blessings on your weekend, friends. The Red Bowl Taking the dog for a walk after work, you smell wild grapes. (Always the question: What more could you want?) It is the second day of fall. You see the dog’s breath and […]

Gratitude Friday – Let the Limbs be Cut Back

Can we be grateful for the hard pieces of our life, as well as the beautiful? Can we accept that there is growth to be found, that there is a lesson we are learning, even if we don’t know what it is yet? * * * “All art …” by Carl Phillips Routinely the sea, […]

Gratitude Friday

Last night, after the little ones were sleeping, we talked about how we’ve been working nonstop and we’re pretty exhausted, but we’re grateful. Grateful to have a healthy family, grateful to be here on this good piece of earth, grateful for the work. Ben said, “If we didn’t have all this work to do, we’d […]

Gardening & Gratitude

I’m a little later than usual with both of these, but it was one of those weeks.  (Have I mentioned that Gabriel has four teeth coming in?  So you can guess how well I’m sleeping, lol.) Nonetheless, I am grateful.  Grateful for all the sunshine we’ve been soaking up.  Grateful for how my two little […]

A heart to be contented

I recently ran across a story about a Native American tribal leader describing his own inner struggles.  He said, “There are two dogs inside me.  One of the dogs is mean and evil.  The other dog is good.  The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.”  Someone asked him which dog usually wins, […]