A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

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The Nature of Perspective

The Nature of Perspective

We are blessed with the most kind, generous neighbors here. They’ve welcomed us in with offerings of all sorts– moral support, most invaluably– including history and context of the area and its people. Those we’ve met have driven by the place for decades, and all have deeply lamented the recent clear-cut of the long-preserved forest. Part of […]

No-‘Poo Hair Care

No-‘Poo Hair Care

I’m now four months shampoo-free and in love with the results! My hair has never been so soft, frizz-free, quick-drying and easy to brush out. It feels healthier, and if I do say so myself, it looks great. Shampoo and conditioner were the last products in my shower rack loaded with carcinogenic chemicals. After a […]

Up Close

Up Close

Forest land brims with energetic life, beckoning us to be still and let the sounds and creatures and flora creep slowly into our awareness. One of the most magical aspects of our new home is its likeness to our most beloved place on Earth, the family cabin. To have woods and a chortling creek in […]

Our Corner of the Earth

Our Corner of the Earth

This was the first time since beginning this transition that returning to California felt like leaving home. Maybe it’s because this time we moved all of our treasured and most frequently used books: cookbooks, field guides, reference books on animal husbandry and gardening. Maybe it’s because the crisp, piney mountain air had begun to do […]

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 […]

Going Home: Part 1 of the Move North

Going Home: Part 1 of the Move North

We’ve just returned from the first leg of the move to our Oregon property. The trip was a whirlwind, filled with the ups and downs that were mostly expected, some less so. We had some weather-related surprises, and I broke my finger on day-2. When we drove up mid-day on the 28th, the highway wound […]

After The Rain

After The Rain

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 […]

Secrets For Sharing

Secrets For Sharing

I can’t wait to show my daughter these places, and to find out what she will show me.

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

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 Creek

The Creek

This is home as it awaits us, where my daughter will blossom and explore, where the seasons will mold us and teach us. It seems impossible, steeped in magic. Inevitably it will lack perfection: all whole things do. But that place will be there, only yards from our front door, beckoning, awaiting discovery.

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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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