Saturday, September 20, 2014


"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"
Reece, we spend a lot of time in nature, and this week you had a lot fun climbing and hanging out in the trees.

Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

Friday, September 19, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


The slant of light is different, mornings are darker, and the evening comes sooner. A chill greets us each day, and night fall brings candles and firelight. There's a move inward, and from deep inside I feel the need for time think, to search, to learn, and to grow. Nesting begins, creating a place for hibernation. A place of warmth, solace, and comfort for the dark days to come.

The seasonal shift is more than just a movement from one season to another. It is a shift in rhythm, a shift in the day to day living in our home. We choose to live in tune with the seasons, to follow the call of Mother Nature, letting her guide us. It allows us to slow down, to tune in, and to be more deeply connected to each other and the earth.

As I move inward, to soul search and learn more about myself, this time of year reminds me of the reasons we live the way we do. Slow and simple is not easy in this busy world, it is definitely not understood by many, but in my heart I know it is the right path for us. And so, we walk on as the seasons shift, and the rhythm of our days change, and we stop often to look around and offer gratitude for this life we feel so blessed to lead.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Around the Garden

Most of the work in the garden this week has been the hard stuff, shoveling, moving, and dumping compost and soil. I am thinking close to 35 loads were moved on the weekend, and with that last load, all the beds are now topped up. Soon they will get a layer of leaves, and then they will be ready for winter.

The tunnel covers were suppose to go up this week, but whenever I planned to do it, it was raining, too windy, or Justin wasn't here to help. So, with a forecast of sunnier and warmer days this weekend we will get them up and secured, ready for winter.

The strawberries are still producing, the raspberries are ripening, carrots are being harvested by little hands, and the first harvest from the fall/winter garden was brought in, just a few baby greens to make a salad...kale, chard and romaine.

We have been discussing some plans for next year, where and how to plant the potatoes and squashes, how many berry bushes to order, what kinds of things we want to grow, and what new things we want to try. These discussions will go on and on over the winter, often times with much excitement as we dream about the possibilities. Usually during the winter, all we have are the dreams, but this year will be a little different with the winter garden. These are exciting times around here, with lots of good food to carry us through those dark, cold days of winter.

How are things around your garden?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday.

 Morning, 10:30am

 Noon, 11:45am

Night, 5:30pm

***If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments section so I can stop by and visit.*** 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Salmon Are Running

The dam from the top. The grate at the bottom right is the fish ladder.

They have to swim against this current once they jump up the fish ladder.

Then two more little jumps.

Finally, calm waters.
It's that time of year...the salmon are making their way upstream to spawn. Reece and I visit this spot often throughout the year. The trails are fun, the creek has some great spots for rock throwing, there is a pond full of bull frogs, and there are quite a few wild plants, both edible and medicinal. At this time of year though, we stop in regularly to see the salmon as they make their way upstream.

It isn't an easy journey for them, as you can see, a large dam prevents them from getting upstream, and that is where the fish ladder comes in. Off to the left of the dam, a fish ladder was created to allow the salmon to get upstream. They must jump in the fish ladder, yes, through the waterfall, then make their way, against the current, over two more little jumps, and then onto the calm waters of the creek where they will find a spot in the rocks to lay their eggs.

In the mass of fish waiting to get up the ladder there are coho salmon, chinook salmon and some brown trout. No fishing is allowed within this area, but you will see fishermen scattered here and there along other parts of the creek trying to catch a fish or two.

Visiting the creek in the fall to watch the salmon has become a family tradition. It is amazing to sit on the rocks, by the creek, watching this magical journey.

Linking up with Chrisy

Saturday, September 13, 2014


"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"
Reece, you were mesmerized watching the salmon at the fish ladder this week. Mother Nature is pretty darn amazing, and always manages to captivate the both of us with her magic.

And that scarf around your neck...I love that on this chilly morning you ran back into the house before leaving in search of a mama handmade to keep you warm on our walk. It makes my heart sing to know how much you enjoy the things I make for you.

Joining Jodi for the 52 Project