Urban Woods

Urban Woods Our urban oasis is filled with many plants, native and ornamental, to give layers of color and texture to our tiny plot. Having surprises around every corner, many areas when leafed out, belies our city plot with only peek-a-boo views of the mountains beyond. Living for nature, loving our wooded lot, and learning how we can continue to improve our little corner of … Continue reading Urban Woods

Transformation of our yard, 2017

This is what we started with — a monoculture of of grass. For many in this suburban community, the epitome of suburban bliss. For me? An eyesore. So, it began… Oh what changes the front yard has made! This was after the first summer when I dug up the turf grass adjacent to all the hardscape in the front yard. I used my yard transformation … Continue reading Transformation of our yard, 2017

Fort Maintenance, July 2017

There is always work to do when you own a home. A few months ago, with no leaves on the deciduous trees, the fort only wanted for a good wash and clear coat sealant. However, with our busy spring now far behind us, and summer in the Pacific Northwest in our midst, we found our trees had completely shaded out the fort! ​ This is … Continue reading Fort Maintenance, July 2017

Changes, they be a Comin’

Change is the only constant in life – Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher Our family has gone through a plethora of changes in recent months which culminated in my oldest son deciding to start public school Monday. He’s been homeschooled for the past 8 years but decided he needed new challenges. Oh the challenges. 6:15am? 6:30am? My friends know him as the guy who’ll stay up until … Continue reading Changes, they be a Comin’

Lent 2017: Day 2, You are a Treasure

You are Worthy. Photo by Tim Mossholder On this second day of Lent, I’m focusing my time with God with indulging more in activities I love. At first, I thought I’d chose one activity and make it the daily ritual during Lent. I soon realized my love for variety really lends itself to having a more general focus and less of a specialized one. For … Continue reading Lent 2017: Day 2, You are a Treasure

Ash Wednesday: What will you add?

After the celebration of Fat Tuesday last evening, today we receive the ashes of Palm Sunday. As we prepare for our day, I asked my children to not think about what they will “give up” for Lent, but what they can add. It’s been my experience that giving something up, something you really love, doesn’t necessarily make your heart grow stronger for the cause with … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: What will you add?