Not a Cat Lady!

I only remember Bridget from pictures. A sassy siamese who hid under the bed, scratched and hissed at us kids, and loved only my mom. She died when my family moved to Alaska, so I must have been 6 then. It was a bit tragic - a hard lesson in living in the frigid cold. … Continue reading Not a Cat Lady!

Pocket Gardens: (Flower Challenge)

This is our second summer in our new house. Last year we put in a lot of work on the garden: We tore out some sod and created two flower spaces, or "Pocket Gardens"... one I call "The Woodland Garden," and the other is "The Cottage Garden." The woodland garden is nestled under the cedars … Continue reading Pocket Gardens: (Flower Challenge)

Sweet Baby Blessings

I am heading home today and it is Soooo hard to say goodbye to this sweet little babe. To you, my newest grandson, Viggo. I was so lucky to be here to meet you when you just hours old, and to spend the first few weeks of your life with you! It is worth noting … Continue reading Sweet Baby Blessings

Because of Zoom

Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams. Virtual meeting spaces... Now that these internet meetings are the new norm, there are a million blogs and observations out there about them. Late night comedians have done skits and jokes about them endlessly - as in... Yes. I know. He might not be wearing pants. I know. That might … Continue reading Because of Zoom

Farmhouse Table

Is it possible to love something inanimate? Like a table? Let me explain. There is this show I was obsessed with a while back, it was called "Parenthood." (This will have a bit of a spoiler). Each episode begins with the whole family around a big table in the back yard. Grandparents, parents, kids, grandkids. … Continue reading Farmhouse Table

Top Ten

I generally ignore Top Ten lists that float around Facebook, but when I saw the Top Ten Albums list, everyone sharing an Album a day that influenced them, I *secretly* wanted to be nominated. Just when I thought I never would, someone did! The only problem were the "rules." "10 albums which have greatly influenced … Continue reading Top Ten

Tide pool

It is a lovely spring day And I am tempted to wander down, Down to the water's edge And explore the tidepools Like I did when I was child. I am tempted to scramble over rocks, Slick and slippery. Searching for sure footing, Stepping with lightness and grace, Maneuvering safe paths, Looking for hidden pools, … Continue reading Tide pool

Talent Show Try-Outs: 2019

Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com (Tonight I found this sitting unfinished in my drafts from last May.  I read it and just smiled.  I needed this now, a memory of when thing were "normal.") Happy May!  For me, May means I can see the end of school year *just* a little bit down the road!  … Continue reading Talent Show Try-Outs: 2019

Really Bad Vacation

Let me start by saying that I LOVE the Oregon Coast. For so many years and for so many road-trips, the Coast was our destination. So much so, that when our middle daughter got married, she had her wedding in Cannon Beach. She just had such fond memories of summers spent there. So much so … Continue reading Really Bad Vacation

Lessons from my Father: Finch Family Style.

My dad. Beloved grandfather, "Pooh." Great grandfather. Loving husband. Friend to many. Philosopher. Outdoorsman. Scientist: Meteorologist. Family man. There is so much I have learned from my father, and while I have dedicated this post to what I have learned, I should go on the record and say.....there is still SO MUCH MORE that I … Continue reading Lessons from my Father: Finch Family Style.