Most people probably don’t give grass a great deal of thought or attention. At least not usually. I’m sure I didn’t before we moved to the Central Valley of California. It always gets hot here, topping 100 degrees for great stretches of the long summers. I remember visiting my grandfather as a child and marveling […]
Suzanna and our dog Hannah have had a special bond from the beginning. Watching it grow has been such a pleasure. Hannah is always gentle and watchful, and she calmly tolerates the climbing, pulling and forceful patting that a toddler inflicts. Both are amused sitting under the jujube tree sharing snacks.
In our years here, we’ve enjoyed numerous trips in the shortest direction out of the Central Valley: into spectacular Yosemite National Park. We’ve savored it in all seasons, best of all in the “off-season” when it’s quiet and calm. With uncompromised love for the lush beauty Oregon exudes, Yosemite holds a magic and a special […]
I made my first batch of country wine this summer, with my daughter in a carrier on my back and during her nap times, using drought-stifled tart plums. I’d read quite a bit about the basics, and John Seymour’s description of the simple, forgiving process appealed to me greatly. That and the self-sufficiency aspect– beer and […]
Country wine can be made from nearly anything. It’s versatile and highly forgiving, a simple transaction of alcohol for sugars. It can be made more complex, or more refined, but the simplest method will yield something that can provide a good buzz and taste somewhere on a spectrum between great and… interesting. I delight in […]
We make a dedicated effort to avoid chemicals in laundry detergent, household cleansers, and certainly our food. So it’s struck me as illogical to then hop into the shower to “clean” myself with products known to be hazardous to both my health and the environment. Pthalates, sulfates, plastic microbeads, even formaldehyde regularly lurk within the […]
The cooler weather has begun to move in, and in spite of my little one’s resistance to wearing anything resembling a hat, I knew it would eventually become imperative that her nearly bald little head have some insulation. I haven’t picked up knitting needles or a crochet hook since before her birth– the longest interlude […]