Spring here in California has come with an unusually lush riot of green and blossoms. Every day a new tendril unfolds, a new leaf pops up, and the tomatoes are hinting at a bumper crop soon to come. As the sun was rising in the sky and the house was still quiet this morning, I … Continue reading Watching my children and the garden grow
After an unusually wet California winter, our first week of spring has blessed us with a riot of color on the homestead. It seems silly to say it, but when I initially started gardening I felt like I should invest in "practical plants" only. My frugal mind balked at purchasing plants simply for the sheer … Continue reading Springtime on the ‘stead
Up to this point in my short blogging journey, there has been a lot of focus on our house and all the fun craziness that has gone in to its beautification. You've seen nicely edited and filtered photos of how fabulous it (can look) looks and everything is very la-te-dah. We do live a charmed … Continue reading The mess of motherhood
It's month two of the whole blogging adventure and I have to admit, I had a major moment of faltering last week. At a dinner party I was asked by a friend why I would want to blog in quite a negative way. I didn't have a fabulous answer other than that it is the … Continue reading What’s the deal with farmhouse?
The world of medicine is for many of us, shrouded in a kind of mystery and awe. It encompasses a different language, a different culture, and holds an almost mythical power. The paths leading us here were wildly different. From the high ranking military official who had fought in Iraq, the emergency medicine adrenaline junkies, … Continue reading Medical Adventures: The Beginning
Most mornings are heralded by the thump of our bedroom door being zestfully flung open by Jacob. Sometimes, if I'm already awake, I hear and feel the running drum of his little feet first. As I lay in bed I am soothed by the clunking of the pipes from the kitchen; the dishwasher is running. … Continue reading Crazy noisy, beautiful life
There is a certain kind of despair that can overcome the heart of every gardener as we abide in a long winter. With the enduring dampness and short, dark days, one must fight against melancholy with mind vacations to spring. As I trudge out to tend to the coop, I glance longingly at piles of … Continue reading Winter