So cute, right? I thought so. I do not want another baby. I’m cruising toward 44 (that number seems like magic!) and the next chapter of our life story is keenly on my mind. Our son is nearly out the door and I’m thinking about what comes next for me. Because despite the writing [...]
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Storm brewing Defying Gravity
A bit like this. . . This tray sits in the “pink” room’s window. I can see it from the hallway when I walk past, and the light pouring through it is so beautiful. I keep trying to capture it, but I either end up with an overexposed photo (see above) or I miss [...]
Via Bluntcard.com Thought for the day… or question: “Why do we judge each other?” Especially women judging other women. I get not liking someone. I get not liking what they do, or how they do it. When that happens, we should take my 80 year old friend’s suggestion, right? And just ignore and move o
This child. Is not a child any longer. Shh… don’t tell his mother. This child is driving me crazy. By all accounts, anyone as disorganized as he is should be failing out of college. A point I make. Often. He is excelling, which is annoying. And who does that? Succeeds at Calculus and Physics [...]
All over social media today. Anyone know the original source? I’d love to credit the artist. Tonight I found myself on a milk run. (Why are we always out of milk?) It was one of those “days” and I needed a bit of time with my thoughts, so I told the college student “No, [...]
via Pascale de Groof on pinterest I’ve been sitting with this idea for awhile. It’s one of those thoughts that is both profoundly obvious and deeply challenging. On both sides of the coin, people are not who you think they are. But in my case, I’ve been holding this thought in terms of the [...]
This is the problem with making proclamations. I kinda jinxed myself, right? I’ll confess, I’m finding it hard to keep up with all my obligations. There is so much to do — gardening, blogging, and laundry (oh my) end up on the floor. I’d tell you that I’m going to be better: but we saw [...]
Humoring his mother on the first day of college. It’s nearly 5 pm and he’s still not home. I’m going to take that as a sign he’s having a GREAT time! I’m in the thick of it here, but crossing my fingers, I’m hoping to be more present in October. Of course, I probably [...]
Hi. I’m Wende and I spin plates. Rather poorly at times, but spin I do. There are days when it feels as if there are more plates wobbling on the ground, just about to lose all sense of motion, than plates spinning neatly in the air. Each day begins as a lottery, a game of [...]
Spent yesterday “Aunting”. She’s captured our hearts!!
Along the river. . . For the past year, IZ and I have been walking the river on Saturdays. Weather permitting. It has become our sanctuary. Our ritual. Our way of exorcising all the pent up emotion that life throws at us Sunday through Friday. We talk about our dreams, our frustrations, our hopes. [...]
I have the same emotional response to Thursday as I do to Monday. I’m jolted by the reality that I am here, in this place. How did a weekend escape, a week slip by? Monday and Thursday turn in tandem, polar poles pushing against each other: and I am caught up in their dance.
This month in Sunday School I’ve been teaching prayer practices that are accessible to children. This week, we prayed with our 5 senses. Praying with our sense of taste was the most popular! So, we shared this practice with the whole congregation at closing and it was a huge hit! The next time you eat [...]
Here’s mine: ELEPHANT: one bite at a time. What’s yours??
Would it surprise you to know that I am a sucker for reality dating shows? I’m not ardent: I tend to google results after about 3 episodes and go back to watching true crime — but I’ll give most dating shows a glance at least once. So when this Spring’s utter rating failure (it’s [...]
Overheard at my house: I don’t know. It’s this stabby pain in my ovary. It’s relentless. ~Oh, I hate it when that happens. You hate it when your ovaries hurt? You have those now? ~I have sympathetic ovaries. . . I grew a pair. He thinks he’s so funny. Of course, me falling down in [...]
Day Two: every 80 minutes if you know what’s good for you. Apparently, we should be using this stuff every day, no matter the weather. Day two of summer seems like a good reminder to slather up now that the sun is around. And, even if the sun isn’t.
She slipped through the hole, Unbeknownst to us. The torn screen door banging against its frame. A pale looper caught up in a breeze not quite summer, but harbinger just the same. Dressed in dusty layers too fragile to touch, Not that we would, we cannot see her, But we can sense the change. The [...]
Wedding Toes IZ and I marked 23 years of marriage on Sunday. Because it was also Father’s Day we are celebrating later this month. Though, that didn’t stop him from surprising me with flowers and a card. He’s a romantic. Was then, is now. But the date has me in a reflective mood. And [...]
No, not blogging here right now. But I wanted to take a moment to point you toward this post over on Mireio. I’m planting seeds this summer to help feed the hungry in my community. I’m hoping you’ll want to join me… so, take a look and let me know. I have seeds just [...]
I’m still blogging! You can find me at my new blog: Mireio. I hope you drop by!
I know I’ve posted a ton of photos of The Mighty Columbia… but one more won’t hurt?
After the ridiculousness of last week, I started to password protect this post. But then decided, it’s my truth. As Ann Lamott has so eloquently said, “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” Whe
This photo was taken for a photo tour of my house a few years back. But I go back to it often, because it sums us up. On the porch, having tea, together. In a few short days (Saturday) IZ and I will celebrate 22 years together. Married. We don’t count those years before because [...]
I’ve moved the party over here —-> Come join me. (I may or may not pick up this blog in the future. I may or may not write a farewell post. But, it’s been 10 years of blogging here… and well… it’s time for a change. Change is good.) Don’t think of this as an [...]
Drinking tea and plotting my future.
Yay for the CSA. I know what we’re doing with everything in the box except for the kale. Any suggestions?
Manufactured sunlight never looked so pretty. (Product shot I’m not using. . . because apparently on Etsy I’m not supposed to be “Artsy”. Gah!)
Portrait I took of my mother-in-law in September. She makes 75 look amazing.