Category: Musings

Minimalist Minimizing More…

December is here, and while many are obsessed focused on holiday shopping and how they’re going to shower others with gifts they don’t need, gifts that are often made in China, gifts that often have a really shitty environmental footprint, gifts that drive up the credit card debt for so many and drive up the stress….here on the farm we are…

Remembering our sweet girl: one year later

This week we paid tribute to our sweet girl Ruby, who we lost one year ago. We had her only three years before she died, but they were three incredibly wonderful years worth of memories, her sweetness brightening our little piece of the world. From the moment we brought her home from the shelter, she was part of our family…

A Decade of Blogging

“You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” This quote by Camus was included in my very first blog post on November 2, 2008. Back then when I started this blog, originally titled EcoGrrl, I was in a very different place… I was one week from the death of my father after he…

On this day…

Ten Father’s Days have passed since you died. Four Father’s Days have passed since my husband’s father died. And we close in on the 2-year anniversary that I found out I was pregnant, the only time I would be pregnant for nine glorious weeks before fatherhood was stolen away from my husband, and motherhood was stolen away from myself. Some…

Getting Sentimental…

Saturday is upon us and several more showings are on the schedule. I need to leave the house spotless, immaculate, unlived in yet welcoming, inviting to a buyer who will hopefully see themselves in this garden we are leaving for them in this kitchen they will inherit, in this home I have made over the past 12 years. And whenever…

Four Years, Four Months, Sixteen Days

4 years, 4 months and 16 days…that’s how long it took from start to finish to get Dan to taking the oath of US Citizenship. Because so many others have been through this process in so many different ways, the timeline varies depending on how you came into the country, what country you’re coming in from, and so much more.…

Kismet, I tell ya…

So this past Friday I met with my therapist as I do twice a month, and after last session’s EMDR, I was definitely hoping for a session more conversational and a bit less intense and emotionally exhausting (nothing like dredging up childhood memories to mentally wipe you out!). Besides, I was going in there with a bunch of ideas for…

Guest Post: Five Women

When my husband and I married, he shrunk his collection of books by about 80% in order to move across the Pacific, and recently I noticed the majority of his books are by male authors. If you think about it, books written by women are all too often considered “women’s lit” and movies directed by women or written by them…