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    Ten things - May 3rd, 2011
    It’s another list day. Yay! Today’s list is 10 things I’ve not done in more than a year but that I am going to work hard at doing in the next 12 months. So here goes! [more...]

    Growing up - Apr 3rd, 2011
    Well, it’s been a week since my foster daughter planted her fairy garden and I have to say I was sceptical as to if anything would grow. But it’s looking pretty good I think. [more...]

    The fairy’s new digs - Mar 31st, 2011
    My foster daughter got a fairy garden set for Christmas that included a little fairy cottage and toadstools for her to decorate along with loads of other sparkly and wonderful things to make the fairy’s home and surrounding garden a place of wonderment. [more...]

    Springy - Mar 21st, 2011
    Today is the first day of spring, but despite the cluster of purple crocus sprouting up just outside my kitchen door, it doesn’t feel like spring. Still, the calendar insists it is, so I suppose spring has now officially sprung. [more...]

    At the end of the garden - Mar 10th, 2011
    I’ve been thinking about a poem for several days now and started on a draft this evening. I’m not completely happy with what I have so far, but I’ll get there. In the mean time, here’s the first draft for you to enjoy! [more...]

    Different views - Feb 12th, 2011
    My foster daughter and I hiked up to the vista at Kamiak Butte this morning where we sat on a bench with our sketch books and pencils and got to work capturing the view on paper. [more...]

    We forgot the camera - Jan 18th, 2011
    I almost never go into the upstairs of the house these days because the only things up there are two guest rooms and storage. But I’ve decided to bring the desk down from the small guest room for my foster daughter to use, so I went up this morning to measure it so that I know where to put it when it comes downstairs next weekend. [more...]

    The art of rest - Jan 17th, 2011
    I am nearing the end of my second full day of proper rest. It’s really hard because I can’t allow myself to do even one simple task because that will lead me to another and another and another. Giving me a task is kind of like giving a mouse a cookie. [more...]

    And I didn’t fall once… - Dec 30th, 2010
    Well, I’m back in America now. But not home. I’m still working on that. So, I’ll save the trials and tribulations of my homeward journey and instead just share yesterday’s super-happy day in Canada with you. (Yay!!) [more...]

    Twee tweety tenement - Dec 9th, 2010
    I was give a little bird house the other day by my foster daughter. She came home and rather unceremoniously handed it to me on her way to her room, whilst I was in the middle of a conversation with the woman who’d driven her home. [more...]

    I have awesome neighbours! - Nov 24th, 2010
    I have awesome neighbours! After last night’s blizzard I decided to work from home so that I didn’t have to deal with the roads. [more...]

    It’s snow time! - Nov 23rd, 2010
    The National Weather Service has announced a blizzard warning for the Palouse through tomorrow. And let me just say, I believe it! That’s a lot of snow falling from the skies! [more...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Becoming a butterfly - Oct 28th, 2010
    I was in need of a bit of inspiration today, so I turned to one of God’s most amazing creations. “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. [more...]

    Trees - Oct 27th, 2010
    Just for you, some pretty trees that I drew this evening. Yay! [more...]

    a-MAZE-ing - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! I had an a-MAZE-ing day with the kid at the Corn Maze on the Palouse. (Get it? A-MAZE-ing. Hee hee…) [more...]

    Gone fishin’ - Sep 5th, 2010
    Back in July I was inspired by fish. It started as a general rambling, then turned to an actual plan for fishing on Labor Day Weekend. It was going to be great! Some friends from high school and I were all going to meet at our childhood fishin’ ponds and re-live our glory days. [more...]

    Beaming with pride - Aug 27th, 2010
    Around 4:30 this morning Schrodie really started to get on my nerves. She was zipping around the house like crazy; pounding on the wood floors like mad. It wasn’t long before she was in my room scuffling around in my shoes under the vanity. [more...]

    Cutting the cord - Jul 26th, 2010
    I am cutting the cord. Or rather, I am cutting the cable. I’m not replacing cable with satellite and in my rural neck of the woods there is no such thing as aerial reception. So, basically, no more television for this gal! [more...]

    Chili cheese dogs - Jul 20th, 2010
    I love food. Expensive food, cheap food, homemade food, and overly-processed food-like substances. The last is a group that I don’t get to enjoy often, partly because having kidney disease means I need to watch my sodium intake and partly because I’m too cheap to buy a lot of processed food. [more...]

    Dining at Steptoe - Jul 9th, 2010
    Gallery: I finally made it up to the top of Steptoe Butte! It made for an enjoyable evening and a great view for my picnic dinner. [more...]

    Dining at Steptoe - Jul 9th, 2010
    For reasons unknown, I got an urge to finally take a trip up to the top of Steptoe Butte today. It was my first visit, which is a bit sad since it’s less than 16 miles round-trip from my front door to the top of the butte. Well, 16 miles if I take a short cut through the wheat and lentil fields. [more...]

    A stitch in time - Jun 20th, 2010
    Well, I was meant to be starting my summer holidays this weekend but have decided to put them on hold. Which is a good thing because the weather certainly doesn’t realize it’s summer and there’s lot of work to be done at the office. [more...]

    Taming wild horses - May 31st, 2010
    For a few months now I’ve promised myself that I would finally tame the desire to hike to the top of the Wild Horses Monument which overlooks the Columbia River at Vantage. It’s a very short (but steep) hike that Paul and I took regularly on the drive between my home town of Cle Elum and our home on the Palouse. [more...]

    Modern mowing - May 13th, 2010
    I’m not a patient person. When I know what I want, I want it now. So, after breaking out the vintage mower yesterday and deciding it was time for an upgrade, I couldn’t think of much more throughout the day. I wanted my new toy. I wanted it today. And I wanted it cheap. [more...]

    Retro mowing - May 12th, 2010
    When Paul and I bought our house two years ago, we decided that we wanted to continue our “hippy-granola-freak” lifestyle in our yard care efforts. So, I picked up the old (and I mean old!) lawn mower from my folks’ house the weekend we moved. [more...]

    Child labor - May 10th, 2010
    I don’t know who decided that child labor was a bad thing. I mean, I had four children over for the weekend and I feel it would have been more abusive to not let them work! When they arrived Friday night, one of the first questions was what chores there were to be done. [more...]

    Miss you much - Apr 27th, 2010
    It’s been a year since Paul died; a year since I became Just Frances again. I made the drive to his grave in Cle Elum today to bring him some tulips from our yard. He would have loved to see how bright they are in the flower beds and I wish that he was here to admire them on our mantle. [more...]

    Tulips: Day 6 - Apr 22nd, 2010
    Well, the first petal dropped today so I suppose it’s time to toss these out and get some new ones. They topped out at 21” tall and 16” across. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that I don’t plan to share a running commentary on my next batch of flowers… [more...]

    Tulips: Day 5 - Apr 21st, 2010
    Getting straight to the point: My lovely tulips have sprouted another inch since last night and have spread out another two inches for a total of 21” tall and 15 1/2” wide. [more...]

    Great neighbors - Apr 21st, 2010
    When we bought our house, Paul and I really looked forward to tending to the garden. With a lot of nearly 10,000 square feet, we knew it would be a lot of work, but we didn’t care. That first spring and summer we were out almost every weekend and really made it beautiful. [more...]

    Tulips: Day 4 - Apr 20th, 2010
    Day 4 and the tulips are really on the move now. They’re starting to have that casual look I love so much. Each flower has opened up a bit so you can see a bit more of the color variances, which is nice. [more...]

    Tulips: Day 3 - Apr 19th, 2010
    The tulips are starting to move a bit more now! Yay! This morning they were standing tall at 18” and measured 9 1/2” across but this evening they were proudly boasting 19” in height and 11” in width. [more...]

    Tulips: Day 2 - Apr 18th, 2010
    It’s the second day of the Tulip Dance and while they’re not dancing as much as some tulips I’ve seen, they are certainly on the move! [more...]

    Tulips: Day 1 - Apr 17th, 2010
    Tulips are my favorite flowers. I love how they are so simple that they can bring elegance to even the most basic of vessels. I love the way they seem to dance around after they’ve been placed in pretty vase; the way they reach and stretch and grow after they’ve been cut – as if to tell the world that they are strong and they will survive and adapt to their new environment. [more...]

    Easter at Kamiak - Apr 4th, 2010
    I decided to spend Easter Sunday hiking Kamiak Butte. I wish you could have joined me, but as you couldn’t, I brought you along in my heart and soul instead. [more...]

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