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Green Elephant Autumn Bounty

  Gardening with a Green Elephant community is such a wonderful way to increase the diversity in your garden. I've been participating for a few years and have not only been able to add more native plants to my landscape, but build relationships with other gardeners as I build my garden.   The autumn harvest… Continue reading Green Elephant Autumn Bounty

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Do your things serve you, or do you serve your things?

It's a thought provoking thought. My husband framed this question to me when we were considering getting rid of my sons drum kit. Like many things we own, it wasn't just the cost of the drum kit, or the love my son had had of the drum kit, but my emotion connection to the drum… Continue reading Do your things serve you, or do you serve your things?

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The Truth Hurts – We take everything for Granted — Be Like Water

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April Breakfasts

I've been rather happy with my minimal breakfasts this month. I've been loving the sun in the Pacific Northwest! Single egg, roasted vegetables, tomatoes, slice of toast. Fresh Rosemary -- delightful! Single egg, sweet potato with molasses, strawberries - yum! Single egg, rosemary, roasted potatoes and onions, tomato, bacon slice, coffee, water - Mmmmm! What… Continue reading April Breakfasts

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Planning for Squash…

My ever-gardening-creative-aunt sent me a link to Gardening with squash - on a trellis! This I had to see! I did do *something* like this last summer. I had some of my pumpkins planted too close to the six-foot privacy fence enclosing my backyard. I wanted to have more room for my plants to grow… Continue reading Planning for Squash…

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#EpicFailure is actually #EpicSuccess

My blog, and other computer-life activities, haven't been working in sync with me. How I underestimated the power of hardware to ruin my computer-sanity.   You see, I am not a super-tech-savvy person. First, it's not where my interest lies. Second, like a car, I want to just give it fuel and have it run… Continue reading #EpicFailure is actually #EpicSuccess

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{Ramblings On} Make Over

I’m loving this reclaimed hardwood being laid, by hand, in a family kitchen! The idea of using what you have, getting back to basics, and loving your space…. THIS is the kind of on-going construction I want in my life!

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Thinking about the on-going construction in my life and home, as well as others, getting really literal gives me a baseline from where to start. Under Construction. Thinking about obscure projects and ideas without a literal image – well – I often scratch my head and wonder what the hell…

But getting your hands dirty, actual construction — this I love. Much like our own home, this home is getting extended hardwood. Simplicity and continued surfaces. Easier living in your home, easier caring for your home. Easier to get out and do the things we want to do and not be weighed down with the laundry list of projects or things left undone. This blogger has reclaimed hardwood that she and her family are laying in the heart of her home.

As an avid baker and maker, this will certainly add a level of continuity and calmness to her daily activities and will likely make her more productive as a result. I am realizing in my own home that making these streamlining changes, and leaving our living spaces more sparse with air to breathe, makes me feel lighter, freer, more creative. I love my spaces more now than I ever have — and I love the lightness of less stuff.

Thank you so much for sharing — I can’t wait to see the finished project!

What is under construction in your life?

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In My Tiny Kitchen

The Tiny is getting a redo. We’re going to be a little bit bigger. Unified hardwood with the rest of the house. A little more countertop made from concrete. Undercounter fridges and a big ass sink. Right now it’s a mess and I’m exhausted so I won’t finish my post on Kamut. Instead I’ll show you pictures. Of the mess. I’ll update when things are looking more kitchen-like and maybe I’ll finish my other posts. Cheers!

IMG_0379 extraction

IMG_0412 bringing reclaimed hardwood into the original kitchen space; spending a little quality time with the 80 yr old subfloor

IMG_0431 cement work is detailed

IMG_0465 the pour; can you imagine ever cooking in this space??

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