Hope Springs Eternal

Rain now, sun soon… May 4, 2009

Filed under: cherries,dogwood,dreams,garden,greens,growth,peas,rain,snow peas,spring,sunshine,Uncategorized — clutterlibrarian @ 11:24 pm


It’s dark and rainy here, which should not seem that odd to me, but we have had a taste of Spring and sun and it is hard to go back. I am thinking wistfully of the veggies I could not plant today and of the run I could not take today- like Spring used to bring wistful thoughts of loves that were no more- of kisses shared and lost before the season could change.

april2009-064We had some sun and all were leaping around like little lambs. Everything is growing so fast and the flowers are opening in wild abandon. Now is the time. The daffodils have treated us to there Spring time beauty and now we are greeting by the cheerful tulips and the sweetly sexy lilacs. The sides of the streets are lined with pink cheery blossom flowers- decadent confetti of a spring time parade.

april2009-073The peas and greens are growing well. The buttercrisp lettuce is almost too pretty to eat! I have decided to grow a lot more veggies this year. I have about twice as much veggie area ready and waiting which is very exciting.

april2009-140Across the creek the Dogwoods are blooming so lovely  (where there that many last year?). On sunny, peaceful moments it’s a treat to stand down on our dock and look out on the water. A big raptor of some sort (I still have not got a good look of it) has nested in one of the neighbors big fir trees. One evening my hubby and oldest daughter went for a row and brought me back a Dogwood branch- so lovely.

april2009-226May Spring bring you the growth you have been waiting all winter for.


Spring is on it’s way February 20, 2009

Filed under: books,compost,eggs,hellebore,my garden,Neruda,spring — clutterlibrarian @ 8:08 pm

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

~ Pablo Neruda


There are some sweet signals that spring is coming our way- bulbs beginning to grow, swelling of buds on some shrubs, nettles growing with their dark green still soft leaves and grass growing with that fresh green color that gives you hope. The Hellebore win the honor of being the first blooms of the season. Right around Candlemas, the hennies began to lay eggs again. Hurrah!

The weather has been fine here for several days and I have been working on a new and improved composting area. It occurred to me that my neighbor has two horses that can supply me with free manure with which to make some very fine compost. After getting the book The Complete Compost Gardening Guide out of the library, I decided it was so good that I would buy a copy. It has wonderful and easy ideas of making and using compost. I plan to try vermicomposting again- I just found a local vermiculture business!

And, finally, because Neruda is so lusty- so full of the spirit of spring- another poem:

Sonnet XI

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

Pablo Neruda


Music for the new year January 13, 2009

Filed under: books,music,Twilight — clutterlibrarian @ 7:52 pm


Ahhh, back to the normal rain. I really think I was meant to live here. I don’t mind the rain and the grey clouds and the fog. Our house, in it’s hallow like the back of the earth’s knee, is often blanketed in fog. I think of this as my rest time behind the misty veil (romantic enough for you?).

So, I’ve been reading and being lazy. Yes, I’ve continued reading the Twilight series- quite happily (I thought Eclipse was quite fun) until I began Breaking Dawn and her plot twist totally turned me off. So- I put aside that book and started another (The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin). My husband always wonders how I can just leave off a book- shut and toss it aside without finishing it. As I always tell him, life is short and there are many, many books to read!

Running has been my only non-lazy activity. I’ve been loving some new music while I run: The Crane Wife by the Decemberists and Andorra by Caribou.  It is a goal of mine to bring more music into my life- to cultivate that elation that a good song can bring to your heart and soul. I will listen to more music this year. I will sing more this year. I will dance more. I will invite people to our home to play music and sing under the full moon! (For more on music and the effects of the body and mind, see here and here.)


Fire and Snow December 22, 2008

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



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.


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.




Ode to my Swandri December 20, 2008

Filed under: coats,cookies,Swandri,winter solstice,wool — clutterlibrarian @ 8:59 pm

25637150As the unusual -for- us snowy weather continues, I am wearing my Swandri everyday as I make my many trips outside to feed the animals, get the mail and play in the snow. This  Swandri is most like mine (but mine has a zipper which I like better than a pullover) which I bought in 1999 when my hubby and I were in New Zealand. The exchange rate was wicked good then, so we bought some serious woolies. Mostly, it is too hot for me to wear here in our temperate slice of the Pacific Northwest, but recently it’s been just what the sheep ordered. It has great pockets and -the best thing- it reaches down to the middle of my thighs so no icy wind or snow up the back!

Snowing all morning here.  I feel asleep putting the kiddos to bed and slept happily for ten hours! Hubby asked if I was going for a jog this morning which seemed crazy. However, it was wonderful! The snow made the road not too slippery- everything was so lovely- and it felt fantastic after nearly a week without a jog.

I think it is now time to do some baking:

Santa Lucia Buns


I doubt we will be going the the parties we were invited tonight. I think I better chill a bottle of bubbles and let the kids open the Monopoly game.



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?

Love this blog!!!:

Creative Kismet

Seasonal pics from our home:



Winter Wonderland Part 2 December 16, 2008

Filed under: chickens,daughters,snow — clutterlibrarian @ 8:41 pm

It is cold here- 27 for the high and 17 for the low- which may seem warm compared to other parts of the country, but it is unusually cold for us here in our part of the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had the usual fun: sledding, snow angels and hot chocolate. We have had the usual non-fun: frozen pipes, no water, struggling with tire chains and cars slipping and sliding through intersections. I grew up in Pennsylvania, so it is hard for me to except that even after two days, the road here are not plowed and salted. Shrug- we’re just not set up for this weather. Well, we have water now and the girls and I are making an effort not to get too much on each other nerves. It looks like we are in for more snow and cold weather- perhaps even through Christmas. I think I need a pumpkin pie.

I am so happy to know the chickens are safe and warm. Here is the Poulet Chalet:


Tommy’s first experience with snow- surprised but fascinated. He looks like a little snow leopard:


Yesterday morning as the girls and I were sledding, a large murder of crows flew over. They were silent as they flew in the cold air- very lovely.