a valentine’s day in the life

rich came into the kitchen to put something in the sink over the weekend, and quinn was at the table watching us and when we comically both turned the opposite way and missed each other, i said to quinn, “i could have sworn someone came in here.” rich was now behind me in the kitchen . . . → Read More: a valentine’s day in the life

~rainbow mondays~ gladness and joy, like the rainbow

my good friend, frederick douglass, was asked how it felt in his first moments of freedom from slavery. he found that words were inadequate to capture those feelings, saying, “anguish and grief, like darkness and rain, may be depicted; but gladness and joy, like the rainbow, defy the skill of pen or pencil.”

still, we . . . → Read More: ~rainbow mondays~ gladness and joy, like the rainbow

~rainbow mondays~ being the rainbow

we’re in high rainbow season, and we’ve been taking our cues from the skies and being the rainbow every chance we get.

being a fairy dog mother is a way i like to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud, or in other words, be . . . → Read More: ~rainbow mondays~ being the rainbow

~two months in the life of a lifelong learner~ becoming a dragon

10-23 to 12-23

quinn and i collaborated once again to create a fun halloween costume: bulbasaur the pokemon.

we took quinn’s fourth grader free state park pass on the road and hung out at the yaquina head lighthouse one afternoon to watch . . . → Read More: ~two months in the life of a lifelong learner~ becoming a dragon

advent affirmations

for the two weeks that quinn was gone leading up to yesterday (and the start of our two weeks together! yay!) i sent him some advent notes to open each day… and i’m going to store them here for him to be able to look back on someday.

December 10: One thing I love about . . . → Read More: advent affirmations

~rainbow mondays~ frosty the rainbow

rainbow markers. this is a marker holder i made for quinn years ago… and had out as a christmas present prototype!

the christmas presents all seem to follow the rainbow theme, actually…

subtle rainbow from winter crops…

vibrant thrift store rainbow i only took home in photo format

red: robins . . . → Read More: ~rainbow mondays~ frosty the rainbow

~two and a half months in the life of a lifelong learner~ dragonflies to dragons

clearly, this is long overdue!

i’m writing this during the cold november rain, so it warms my heart a little to look back over summer sunshine and fun! and of course, learning.

i’m mostly relying on photographic evidence to remind me of . . . → Read More: ~two and a half months in the life of a lifelong learner~ dragonflies to dragons

~thankful thursday~ warmth, choke slams, baseball and apple pie

i’ve been posting a daily gratitude post on facebook this november, inspired by a couple of friends who have done so in the past. this year i saw their november 1st posts and impulsively decided to join in, and i am transcribing these posts here because it turns out that it’s already becoming a self-assigned . . . → Read More: ~thankful thursday~ warmth, choke slams, baseball and apple pie

~rainbow mondays~ birthday butterflies and broken boards

red: maple waiting on the sidelines to get transplanted.

red: handsome fiance, pressing apple cider like a boss.

orange: we’ll take the little bit of fall color that we get here on the oregon coast.

yellow: vine maples down by the bayou.

green: some more lovely fall specimens

. . . → Read More: ~rainbow mondays~ birthday butterflies and broken boards

~rainbow mondays~ cabbages and zing

a compulsive rainbow-maker strikes again!

gray: this week we’re celebrating the gift of eyesight, because rich and i spent a few hours in the e.r. in the middle of the night this weekend, due to flash burn to his eyes that he received from work on friday. his work involves a lot of . . . → Read More: ~rainbow mondays~ cabbages and zing