It was an apt enough morning to awaken with a sore throat. The tule fog lingers heavily over the grass, and light was slow to spread into the day. We all stayed in pajamas and socks. The aroma of chicken stock for soul-soothing, cure-all spicy garlic broth will soon fill the air.
- A Trip to California — To celebrate my grandparents’ anniversary last week, we drove down to Sonoma County for a family reunion. My dad came up for his own vacation to stay on the homestead and care for the dogs, livestock, and garden. Having made the 9-hour trek (14 or 15 hours total with stops for the dogs and toddler) to [...]
- The Rhythm of Life — Home is wherever I’m with you. These words were more apt than we might have realized when we selected the song for our wedding years ago. The city we are leaving is not one any of us would have chosen. It’s not where I would have wanted to bring our daughter into the world, where we would [...]
- What You Should Know About California’s Water Problem — If you drink water– if you cook with it, bathe with it, grow food with it; if your dog drinks it– there’s something you should know about what is happening in California. Because while it’s happening here now, sooner or later the entire nation will feel its effects. You know about the catastrophic drought. You may know [...]
- The Weight of Things — In the end, our move will have taken almost half a year– one trip at a time, one trailer-load at a time, one month at a time. But now the essentials and most of the furniture is there, so we’ve reached the point of packaging all the little things we plan to take, and setting [...]
- Waning Winter — The first of the buds opened in January. Like a kaleidoscope of butterflies clinging to the silvery bare branch of the almond and plum trees, the blossoms arrived as a harbinger of the imminent spring. It’s been warm here– unseasonably warm. Alarmingly warm. But at times, in the evenings while my husband throws the ball [...]