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To You, On Your First Mother’s Day

I recently looked through a photo album labeled only with my daughter’s initials: the documentation of her birth and first weeks of life. It had been many months since I’d looked at them; each time I do I’m amazed by the difference in myself as I remember the moments that changed us both so deeply, so […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feeding The Chickens

Feeding The Chickens

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

With a Toddler’s Help

With a Toddler’s Help

Yesterday my daughter and I went out to gather greens for salad and a spicy sauté. As I carefully selected leaves of mustard, dandelion, shepherd’s purse, mallow, nettle, chickweed and dock, Suzanna eagerly grabbed handfuls of grass and mixed greens and flung them into my basket, looking pleased to help. Her enthusiasm made any annoyance […]

The Lyra Hat

The Lyra Hat

I’ve knitted several of these hats, inspired by The Golden Compass, from infant-size to adult. They’re simple, whimsical and warm. I made this one with the handiest yarn, which turned out to be nearly the same color as the last hat I made. Fortunately, the color suits my slightly red-headed daughter well.

The Christmas Stocking and Self-Gratitude

The Christmas Stocking and Self-Gratitude

The wi-fi wasn’t working, but I didn’t have the gumption to call the provider. The clock in the kitchen had just gonged 5, and I hadn’t even poured a cup of coffee. Instead I dug through my yarn. I’d squirreled it away over a year ago in disheveled heaps, not long after my daughter was […]

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog

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.

The Things I’ll Miss: Yosemite

The Things I’ll Miss: Yosemite

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 […]

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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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