Hope Springs Eternal

Back to the home of my heart. July 20, 2009

Filed under: beans,bear,bliss,daughters,home,my garden,running — clutterlibrarian @ 3:53 pm

We’re home. After a week on a really fun river rafting trip (which was great fun and totally beautiful) :

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and then the girls and I went back east (way back east) to visit my sisters and my parents. It was great to see them all and my daughters had a fantastic time. For me, it is always complex and a bit difficult. I love my home- I belong here- and it is always hard for me to be back where I grew up. I don’t really understand it because my family is loving and kind. It’s as if I can not really be myself there.

This year was the first time I have ever run while at my parent’s house. It was great! I found a perfect road and went almost everyday. One day was so humid I felt like I was running through hot water. But the little country road was soothing and the ancient rocks and the rich green and the beautiful 1880s barn were like old friends to me. The last run I took before we left a man who lived on the road stopped me and recommended I carry mace as there was a mother Black bear and two cubs in the area (they had been in the tree in his front yard the prior week). I finished my run- maybe a bit faster. 🙂

Now, home. In my garden. I am so happy there. There is much to be trimmed and tied up. The peas and spring greens need to be removed and the bed prepared for fall planting. One bed of garlic is ready to be harvested. The beans are producing yummy fruit. There are lots of green tomatoes- we’ll see if they ever ripen…

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ornamental Oregano and red poppy

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yarrow up close

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lots of Nasturtiums in the garden this year

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Happy high summer to you all!

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Fire and Snow December 22, 2008

Filed under: baking,bliss,daughters,snow,winter solstice — clutterlibrarian @ 5:50 pm

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As we continue to get more snow (and I’ll admit that I’m starting to think that enough is enough)- I am very grateful for being warm and having plently of food and not needing to travel out onto the dangerous roads.

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We had a nice Winter Solstice. We made Santa Lucia buns on Saturday and our oldest daughter brought them to us on Sunday morning. We had a yummy dinner: pasta with chanterelle mushrooms (collected pre-snow by hubby) and meatballs in a cream sauce. After dinner, we went out and dug out the fire pit. Fire light on the snow is enchanting. I was asleep by 9:30- a fox in her den.

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Soon it will be Solstice December 19, 2008

Filed under: baking,bliss,daughters,favorite blog,Favorite Things,good news,snow,winter solstice — clutterlibrarian @ 2:14 am

december2008-0061Just three days away from the Winter Solstice and I am feeling kind of emotional about it all. Luckily, the emotions are good- I’m pushing aside all worries about being ready or doing the right things at the right time. Here we are watching snowflakes and baking cookies. Here we are remembering our loved ones that left us this year- and sending love to those who are dealing with the pain of lose. Here we are being generous with ourselves. Here we are looking at the winter sky- realizing how long and dark the winter can seem. He were are remembering summer fruits and the feel of warm sand on our toes.

Cookies made yesterday in between snow outings:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Good old Oatmeal Rasin Cookies

Good news:

Happiness goes a long way

Fuel from coffee grounds?

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Seasonal pics from our home:

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