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A Trip to California

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Rain Means Puddles (And Happy Toddlers and Waddlers)

Rain Means Puddles (And Happy Toddlers and Waddlers)

In nearly four years, we’ve had few enough real rainy days that I can count them on my ten fingers. The drought has been aggressive and draining. But when it does rain here, the episodes are torrential. The clouds grow dark as they turn and flex. Then they open up abruptly and dump cascades onto the […]

The Things I’ll Miss: Valley Skies

The Things I’ll Miss: Valley Skies

The flat, featureless Valley boasts hulking skies that make the Earth feel just as tiny as it is. The stars are few, thanks to city lights, but the blanket of smog alights each dawn and dusk in spectacular displays. Storms churn enormously and clouds paint pictures and tell tales overhead. … (A series.) It’s easier […]

Tule Fog

Tule Fog

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.

Staying Warm

Staying Warm

As we listened to stories of kayakers in Healdsburg’s parking lots and highway closures in San Francisco, as my mom complained that she thought her windows might shatter behind the wind and rain in Sonoma County, and as local people scrambled in the path of the anticipated “megastorm,” we went to bed last night under a […]

The Things I’ll Miss: The Back Gate

The Things I’ll Miss: The Back Gate

My dad built the back gate from slats of the crumbling sixty-year-old fence. The latch is always a problem, sinking out of alignment as the house settles tiredly under its years. The upper cross beam and two-by-four threshold were meant to be temporary until the post was fixed to the concrete wall, but like so many […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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