Category: Local Grrl

The World Behind Us…

We are blessed to live with an old logging road behind us and tons of forestland, and slowly but surely we are beginning to explore it, through long walks, forays into the trees to look for mushrooms, hikes in the rain in my new waterproof Clarks (yay!), and observations of the quiet spots in our new home that make us…

Sentimental, Part Two

I told you all the other day about how sentimental I am getting about leaving my home and my garden, but I didn’t tell you about how sentimental I am getting about leaving my community, a place that, while I grew up in this town, returning in 2006 for “Portland 2.0” was a completely different chapter that is so very…

Going to Camp: Grown-up Style

Yesterday was pretty rad. Charcuterie Camp was our Monday, and I think my husband has discovered the true meaning of hog heaven. Here’s a bit on our day, with lots of photos at the end… With Dan’s participation in the Portland Meat Collective, we JUMPED at the chance to spend the day with legendary French/American cook & authorĀ  Kate Hill…

Week in Pictures

Something my husband and I always have enjoyed is wandering through community gardens. The gate was open when we were out in Southeast today for an appointment so we did a quick wander around the Sewallcrest Community Garden which is of course practically silent now that we are deep into autumn, but being a sucker for transforming garden sheds and…

Ready. So ready.

So this happened today: The above picture is our house. My absolute favorite shade of blue, a unique that I have only seen in a few houses. This morning my husband told me to look out the window across the street where the new neighbors had moved in about a month ago. This is what I saw: Yeah they’re painting…

Millions Strong Marching for Women

“Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out. The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground,…

Snowpocalypse 2017!

A foot of snow in one night in Portland. Haven’t had it this deep since the winter of 2008! Gotta love it! And as timing would have it, it’s Dan’s weekend so we got to walk to the park with Ruby (who was a great sport even though it came up to her belly), watch the dogs and kids run…

Snow Day!

Y’all who live in the Pacific Northwest or other places where snow is not a way of life during winter can appreciate our excitement when it is in the forecast. Fortunately, it came on my husband’s day off, starting out being forecasted as an ice storm and ending up with about an inch or two on the ground – the…

Love to Lydia

Last night my husband and I were watching us special on public television about some historical  events  in Portland, and I suddenly had the urge to look up the name of someone who had a great impact on me when I was a young woman. I hadn’t run into her for a few years and hadn’t taken the time to…