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    Almost all mines - Oct 28th, 2013
    The last couple of days have been spent in Okanogan County visiting lots of awesome people. And lots of old mines. So, it’s been a pretty awesome couple of days. [more...]

    Railroads and Ramona - Oct 25th, 2013
    Today’s plan was easy: Wake up, drive to Franklin Falls for a gentle hike, then meet with my amazing friend, Ramona, for dinner. And I’m pleased to say that the day was a partial success! [more...]

    We blew it - Oct 24th, 2013
    Today was spent doing more touristy stuff with Mum and Dad. This time, over the Old and New Blewett Passes with a few stops along the way. [more...]

    Roca and rattlesnakes - Oct 22nd, 2013
    Today was a bit of a hodgepodge day that consisted of shopping, tourist-ing, and panic attacks. But there were no rattlesnakes. Well, at least not ones I saw. [more...]

    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    Family, friends, and falls - Sep 27th, 2013
    Wow! What a busy week I've had. And—would you believe it from the title?—it was filled with family, friends, and (water)falls. For those who are following my Homeland Holidays, this update is for you! [more...]

    Redneck? Yes. - Sep 15th, 2013
    I spent yesterday truly remembering my childhood and the joys of growing up redneck. And it was great. Well, except for the literal red neck that I developed from the blazing hot sun! [more...]

    Bullets, bikes, and BBQ - Sep 11th, 2013
    Once again, it’s been a couple of busy days as I enjoy my lovely American holidays. I admit that yesterday began with a less-than-happy start as my stress levels got the best of me, but it improved drastically as the day went on. [more...]

    Old bikes and flowers - Jul 20th, 2013
    When the Stirling Smith announced that they were going to unveil their restored, 1930s ice cream bicycle, I marked my calendar and prayed for nice weather. I really wanted to see this groovy old ice cream cart up-close and in person, and the lure of free ice cream made it all that much better. [more...]

    The only lake - Jul 13th, 2013
    Did you know that there is only one lake in all of Scotland? I know that may be hard to believe, but it’s true. (There are, however, more than 31,000 lochs scattered about the country.) And did you know that in the middle of Scotland’s one-and-only lake is a wee island that houses an ancient priory ruin? [more...]

    Snail lessons - Jun 2nd, 2013
    I’ve spent the weekend out in the garden which has turned into quite the snail lesson for me. [more...]

    My garden - Jun 2nd, 2013
    For the last two weekends, I’ve been working in my garden trying to get it all pretty for the summer. Last weekend was my initial attack, pulling all of the things that I knew were weeds and trying to determine what was in each of the many pots scattered around the patio-style garden. [more...]

    Building bridges - Feb 19th, 2013
    On a ramble through the English countryside this past weekend with my brother-in-law and cousin (also in-law), we came across a bit of the trail where the path had eroded away by a stream, leaving a crevice 2-3 feet deep and 2-3 feet wide—but with very crumbling banks on either side. [more...]

    A day in Peebles - Jan 12th, 2013
    I am so totally exhausted. But I’m so glad for the exhaustion because I’ve had a great day out with a friend. [more...]

    Low, but lucky - Nov 15th, 2012
    I’ve been a bit low lately and reached out to a friend for a bit of company. When I’d first mentioned that I was stressed and needed to get out of the flat, I imagined that we’d meet up for a wee walk somewhere so that I had a bit of human interaction. [more...]

    Summer holidays - Jul 31st, 2012
    I don’t know if it’s fair to say that I’ve been on my summer holidays, since I’ve been an unemployed student for the last year+, but calling this past week my summer holidays is a great excuse to share a bit of Cliff Richard, so there you go! [more...]

    Escaping to the hermitage - Jul 28th, 2012
    Sometimes I wonder if I could become a reluctant hermit, living in my own little hermitage, hiding away from society, and sulking away my life one day at a time. But, thankfully, I have just enough of a desire for company to save myself from myself! [more...]

    Escaping to the hermitage - Jul 28th, 2012
    Gallery: I spent a lovely day in Perthshire visiting the Hermitage and Fish Ladder with my friend, John. Oh, and a couple of whisky distilleries, too! (Fun!) [more...]

    A poetic starter - Jul 25th, 2012
    Since I turned in my dissertation draft yesterday, I’ve decided that I am going to take a week’s holiday to rest and unwind before I have to start working on edits for the final version. So, in between now and July 31, I am on holiday! Which basically just means I’m going to go and do fun things for the next week. [more...]

    A door to nature - Jun 26th, 2012
    Over the past few months, I have realised just how much I miss having my very own front door; a door that I can open up to the great outdoors. [more...]

    Sunny days - May 23rd, 2012
    The sun is shining brightly in Scotland today. And I am so thankful for it because it’s made me realise how happy I am right now. [more...]

    Out of place - Mar 31st, 2012
    As I walked into town this afternoon, I noticed a dandelion growing in a wall along the pavement. It was sticking out brightly against the grey stone as if to say ‘Hello! I’m here! I belong!’ even though it wasn’t really meant to be there; even though it risked someone removing it or spraying it with deadly chemicals. [more...]

    Summer is near - Mar 27th, 2012
    Summer is near. Very, very, near. And that’s awesome because it means that my jacket is getting a break from service. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    Getting better - Jan 14th, 2012
    For a few days now, I’ve been feeling the dreaded claws of illness tightening their grip on my immune system. In fact, by yesterday I wondered if illness was winning, as I found myself suffering on the couch with a fever of 39.1°c (102+° f) and a niggly headache. [more...]

    The dark days - Dec 16th, 2011
    The dark days of winter are upon us. Oh yes, they really are. Even more so here in Scotland compared to my (only slightly) lower-latitude homeland. But those nine degrees don’t make a difference when you’re in the deep dark of winter. [more...]

    A modest proposal - Dec 8th, 2011
    Hey! Wanna know what I did today? (Of course you do!) Well, today I turned in my dissertation proposal for my Master of Letters in Media and Culture. And I’m pretty gosh-darned excited about it! [more...]

    Bit of a wander - Aug 30th, 2011
    Yesterday was a completely new experience for me: Walking through the English countryside. The walk was suggested by Paul’s cousin, Olwen, and I happily accepted the offer. Though if I’m honest, I didn’t really know what to expect for it! [more...]

    Robin Hood’s Bay Walk - Aug 30th, 2011
    I spent the day walking along an old rail bed in North Yorkshire and couldn’t help but take a load of photos so that Mom could see the old train tunnels and arches. [more...]

    Home away from home away from home - Aug 16th, 2011
    Today I left my new home in Stirling to take a train journey to Billingham, England—Paul’s hometown and home to some of my in-laws. My sister-in-law, Liz, and niece, Rachel, met me at the train station to bring me to my English ‘weekend’ home. [more...]

    The feathers - Aug 16th, 2011
    A couple of nights before we had services for Paul in England*, a woman I know told me a story about feathers. She said when angels pass by sometimes their feathers fall to the ground. And that our loved ones become our own angels when they die. [more...]

    At the beach: A holiday recap - Jul 25th, 2011
    I suppose it’s time for a holiday recap, since my Washington Coast holiday is over. So, here goes! [more...]

    Playing Make Believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly! [more...]

    Schrodie lives!! - Jun 19th, 2011
    It was just before 4 a.m. when the screaming howls of cats outside my bedroom window woke me with a start. I ran toward the back door to rescue my cat, only on opening the door I heard the sounds of an animal running into the cedar trees. [more...]

    Horsin’ around - Jun 11th, 2011
    Like many girls her age, my foster daughter is a horse freak. I mean, she gets really, really, really, excited about the idea of horses. Me? I’m not really into them so much. I mean, I like them and all, but I don’t get excited about them. [more...]

    Final blooms - May 19th, 2011
    We moved into our house on May 15, 2008. About a week later, all of the pink tulips planted along the front side began to bloom. They were truly lovely and we enjoyed bringing them in to adorn the mantle. That autumn, we planted loads of yellow and red tulips to go along with the rest. [more...]

    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...]

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