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Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there. Rumi The post Stay appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Hey there, ho there, hi! Much of the random and sundry this Monday afternoon, list style: Pilar, neighborhood rabbit. Thusly named by enforcing sexist stereotypes of size. Pilar is a small bunny. Her larger companions are named Pedro. They woo us daily with cuteness and by gobbling dandelion after dandelion. Teeny-tiny c

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  There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts. Neil Gaiman The post Fragile appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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All the best angles of our new yard! Our lot is huge, almost double the size of our Portland house and more than double that of our Pittsburgh place, though most of that was taken up by our ginormous house. It is a shambles at the moment. After years and years of neglect, the back […] The post

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For a long time now, the hubster and I haven’t bought each other gifts. We’ve got the love of our dreams and the life we want, so it seemed unnecessary. Until. Until we bought this house and have been working almost every single day for thirteen weeks to fix it up. Knowing that we have […] The po

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Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Amos Oz The post Time appeared first on Under a

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Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep going. Don’t freeze up. Thomas Wolfe The post Freeze appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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We went to the library last night, returning a heavy bag of books, one of which, rather sadly, went unread because of a lack of time. Dorothy Parker, I may just have to buy your complete stories! It rained, fiercely, sheets plummeting from the sky, with the whitest flashes of thunderous lightning and little bits […

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The two of us celebrated our anniversary, twenty-three years wed (huzzah!), with a very fancy dinner at The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room. I wore a beaded cardigan and a pearl ring that was once my Grandmother’s. He wore a jacket for the first time since New York city, circa 2004, when we saw A Raisin in […]

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We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes—a magical second, like the moment of generation, and like that moment concealed in the warm i

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Well, mostly earlier today, save these two, which were taken last week, in the same good company, however. A new friend, Jennifer, and I, out walking. Discussing that word, friend, how often it is tricky and not quite enough, sometimes too much. In between oohing and aahing over the scent of pine, and how damn […]

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Feet, what do I need them for If I have wings to fly. Frida Kahlo The post Wings appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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One realized all sorts of things. The value of an illusion, for instance, and that the shadow can be more important than the substance. All sorts of things. Jean Rhys The post All Sorts appeared first on

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choke cherry green mertensia pasque flower trumpet gooseberry sand lily yucca seed pod best friend ever white loco scarlet paintbrush three tooth ragwort old school litter – a pull tab!! One surprise, two surprise, three, and FIVE! First surprise – not a single contractor chez nous this weekend. A quiet house

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In the silence of love you will find the spark of life. Rumi The post Spark appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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My third start on this post, words seemingly impossible to come by. Our bed, my comfort in this strange limbo. We are tired. Tired of being tethered to the house. Tired of waiting in spaces only temporarily organized while magic and building occurs. Tired of tradesmen filing in and out every day but Sunday. So […]

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To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor Because it blooms up above. Fernando Pessoa   The post

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The hubster was out of town last week, arriving home late Friday. Lucky man missed the raucous madness and gawped come the light of morning at all that had been done. We spent the weekend catching up, with each other, with sleep, with lawn (ahem, dandelion) mowing, with errands, with food, with cuddles and quiet […

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Boom! It is ON, and we are in the thick of it. The house is rocking and rolling, literally. It is loud, with five people moving and shaking, putting in new doors (top shot) grinding the metal of old windows (third) to put in the new (fourth). There is a shit ton of plastic and […] The post

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Kindle the candle of intellect in your heart and hasten with it to the world of brightness. Nasir-i Khusraw The post Brightness appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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My not-so-little brother joined a new team of fire fighters and our Grandpa had the honor of pinning his new badge. Being a fire fighter takes an incredible amount of training and dedication, and I could not be more proud of him. And these pictures, such sweetness! The post

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This photo is a double entendre. Rough, rocky, bumpy, crumbly as all get out. Our life at the moment. A wee glimpse: the one mostly working sink (the cold water doesn’t always turn off) in the house is in the basement bathroom. It is too small to put dishes in, so we fill cups with water […] The post

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You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are a life. Eckhart Tolle The post One appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. Mary Oliver The post Hello appeared first on U

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Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. Annie Dillard The post Freely appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Happy Wednesday, dear reader! A little peek at our work in progress. Dave our window guy takes the final boards from what once was a bay window in the living room. It didn’t really fit with the house, a 1950s brick ranch, and even if I had liked it, the base was almost entirely rotten […] The post

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We had two snow storms in three days, the first ugly and brutal, with howling horizontal winds raging for more than eight ours, rattling brains and nerves, the hubster shoveling what was mostly ice in the dark once all had finally calmed down. But the second one left the whole of Colorado Springs blanketed in […]

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We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. Walter Mosley The post Break appeared first on

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Flaked – I love Will Arnett as a buffoon and a villain, but wow, as a regular, slightly self-absorbed guy slowly coming to terms with being a man, he really shines. Friendship, relationships, the stories we tell, it’s all there. Nightcrawler – Egads, Jake Gyllenhall, what a creeper-doodle you play in th

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We think it is calm here, or that our storm is the right size. William Stafford The post Storm appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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