Strange Days Indeed

Wildfires are raging throughout the west, while Houston is recovering from massive flooding left in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and southern Florida is evacuating in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

Looking at all the struggles others are facing, it seems petty complaing about the smoke that has filled the valley this week. The sun shines redly, and the hills disappear in the white skies.

The air quality is so bad, children aren’t allowed outside for recess. An hour run is like smoking a pack of cigarettes.

Praying for those in storm-ravaged places, praying for people impacted by the wildfires, praying for rain and wind to clean our air again.

Hoping this finds you safe in your little part of the world.



Striping It Orange

Something about this blanket makes me insanely happy.

Those bright stripes remind me of beach towels and cabanas, of summer and sunshine, of carefree, easy days.

I know, I know, somewhere in the world the sun is shining and summer is just around the corner. Well, here I listened to the torrential downpour as I lay in bed at 5 am, and I was thankful when the temps rose above 50-degrees. Yes, this is mid-May not mid-November. We have snow in the passes this week and an insane amount of rain here in the lowlands.

While the rest of the country is enjoying spring, we’re trapped in winter, so I’m clinging to my orange blanket and just a little hope.

It was only last week that I decided to put away the winter decor with the gray wool blanket the MR brought back from Iceland and the silly bird with earmuffs that’s graced the mantel since Christmas. Maybe Mother Nature is subject to the power of suggestion. I’m telling you now; we’re ready for spring here.

How do you combat the winter blues in your neck of the woods?

By the by, this isn’t a new purchase. I’ve gotten into the habit of rotating items seasonally. This was a lovely blanket I picked up a few years ago on a shopping spree with Baby Girl.  We bought pillows and blankets and other accessories to set the mood. Once upon a time, it found its home on a little chair by the fireplace, but I really like it nestled amongst the indoor plants on my reading chair. Check it out here.



Winter Wonderland 

It was snowing when we went to bed last night. The MR said he’d just work from home. I figured I’d finally sew up those pillows I bought fabric for last June. I could always write my blog on my IPad. 

Then we woke to this. 

And no power. I’m just glad we have a couple cords of wood stacked up under the house. 

That means we’re nice and cozy for now. 

The girls came to visit this weekend to surprise the MR for his birthday. We enjoyed cards, and games, and movies. We explored our little downtown, went wine tasting, and tried out the new coffee shop. I just didn’t get a lot of chores done. 

Baking, dishes, and dirty clothes will have to wait for the power to come back on. We haven’t fired up the generator just yet. 

Some knitting and a few good books are calling. The snow will melt soon. 

How do you like to while away a storm?

P.S. Next time it snows, remind me to grind up a ton of coffee just in case. A French press isn’t much good with whole beans. 

It’s the Season

It’s that special time of year. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the season when our river view property turns into lake view.


Roads close, traffic haults, basements flood, and foolish people are rescued as they check to see if their cars can float. One bridge has remained open, so we haven’t been reduced to island status just yet.

Say a prayer for Sweet Miss and her Fella they’re headed home tonight. The road between here and Oregon has been filled with landslides, road closures, accidents, and torrential rain.  We’re hoping it’s all cleared up by the time they head out.

Baby Girl made it home on the bus Tuesday, so we’ll soon be back together for a sweet holiday season.  Christmas pj’s are in the bag. I have all sorts of projects that may or may not get done, but I’m looking forward to some family time.

That means it’ll be hit and miss around the blog.  Sometimes you just have to prioritize.

The sun is rising, and it’s a beautiful day.


Hoping blue skies are headed your way (and ours, too).