I have fallen victim to the modern convenience of grocery shopping. I don't know much about what's in my favorite foods or where each ingredient comes from. I know so little that every new fact is game changing. I may not be aware of a lot when it comes to foods, but I do enjoy … Continue reading Back into Cooking… maybe.
I have had a taste for soup this season. I've made potato and chicken noodle and tomato. I look forward to making chicken and dumpling soup later this autumn, and trying a new recipe - butternut squash. I've had butternut squash soup once, at a friend's house on New Years Eve 2012, and I want … Continue reading Intentional Soup
Upkeep on the house has been interesting lately. With younger sister moving back in and chaos still ensuing from clearing everything out of bedrooms and the dining room and living room. And, eventually I've found that taking some quiet time to care for the house plants and watch the bird feeder grounds me. Which, is … Continue reading Another Grounding.
Lately, there has been a lot of rain and thunderstorms and, while I am grateful that the weather has dipped some, the freshly filled holes for the fence posts have eroded a little - leaving just enough space for the little one to rebel. I was at work, and received a terrifying phone call from … Continue reading Oh deer
I occasionally do this thing where I decide that I am going to do something. Sometimes, this want culminates in house plants and pet fish and then a planted aquarium. Here's how it starts: I spend countless hours researching and compiling information and planning out how I would go about the task, and then researching … Continue reading One day.
My younger sister has moved home for the foreseeable future. With her, one puppy, two kittens, and so. many. boxes. Boxes in the living room, in the kitchen, in the basement. Extra food in the pantry, extra spices in the drawer. And so much tea. We are blessed to have her back. We had a … Continue reading A welcoming
One of the tasks that gave me the most stress throughout the flooring process was the need to move my 20 gallon fish tank into a room in which they would be safe from whatever magic the builders had to do to the floors. Big magic requires big space. The process: Remove plants from tank. … Continue reading Fish tank moving day, round two.
Lately, Hallmark Channel movies have been a blessing to my mental health. Their aesthetics and easy plots are soothing after a long day. I honestly did not know that we could even watch the Hallmark Channel through our cable provider. I don't typically watch cable (save some trash reality TV shows) and honestly haven't watched … Continue reading Sometimes you just need a little angst
We said goodbye for now to Layla. Her owner recovered well from their surgery and so she went back to her home. The house is quieter without her here. I will miss her. I'm excited for future puppy play dates. We also took some of my sister's apartment things to storage. She'll need them when … Continue reading a new plant and moving day
I haven't been seeing much of the birds lately. Earlier this summer, they were everywhere. In recent months, I haven't wanted to go outside of my house - even to the back yard. Because it just... didn't feel right. But, I've wanted to recently. And, I think outdoor projects are a good way to start. … Continue reading A Summer Garden