- 4:54 pm Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Has everyone accepted that summer is coming to an end? It’s difficult for me to face this reality, but with all the kiddo’s back in school, and our morning and afternoon routines beginning to take shape, it’s pretty hard to deny.
Having the kids away does give me more time in the middle of the day to focus on other things, and even though I’ve got a little man tied to my back or nestled in my arms these days, I still have some freedoms I didn’t when everyone was home and underfoot.
One of the things I do around this time [More]
- 5:57 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
When brainstorming for this month’s newsletters, I thought wrapping the month around a “Clean Slate” theme would be fun.
As I wrote in the Monthly, kids are headed back to school, summer is winding down, and now is a really, really, great time to take stock, and start the autumn months with a clean slate. I planned on writing of many ways that you could do this, and showcase some good ideas and fun projects, but…
Life, and in this case, nature, often make other plans for us while we aren’t paying attention. Like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes… So much devastation these [More]
- 5:27 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
September has arrived and as our kids return to their slates, I’m cleaning mine!
The beginning of a new school year is my signal to change things up. I scoop the detritus from the high-tide line; the ring around the perimeter of the house and further inward. The flotsam and jetsam of flip flops in ever corner, water bottles and to-go cups, beach bags, bathing suits, bikes and helmets…
I sweep out the dust and gravel and sand from every nook and crevice, a sign of all the ins and outs, comings and goings, of kids and dogs and guests through the [More]
- 12:23 pm Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by Staff Writer
The tragic storm-drenched areas of Texas have been getting a lot of my attention. That and the fire-ravaged Oregon Coast, my native land.
Nature has been doing it’s thing in big, powerful, life-threatening ways. It’s been heart-wrenching for me to sit idly by as these natural disasters bring damage, discord, and even death.
I’ve been praying fervently and without pause. I even find myself praying in my sleep; “Dear heavenly Father, let the rains cease, let the fire burn itself out. Let lives be spared…”
I’ve also found myself counting my blessings. My current safety, my health, my family, my friends, and I’m [More]
- 12:58 pm Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer
How many of you were in a place to view the eclipse on Monday, either partial or in totality?
I was, with hubby and the kids! We packed our snacks, our viewing glasses, blankets, and drinks and headed to the hills… well, a hill. To avoid the traffic mess we settled for a comfy place about 40 miles from the epi-center (ok, wrong scientific term…) where we could observe it in approximately 99% totality.
Watching the event take place through the special viewing glasses was amazing. Chunk by chunk, this big ball of fire was eaten away until it was G.O.N.E. gone! [More]
- 5:39 pm Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Do you get cranky in the heat?
I’m guilty. More than once I’ve “lost it” with my kids this summer. I know most of you hear my radio voice and think, “It’s so soft, so mellow, so nice…” Wellllll, it has been known to raise a few octaves and come out as a screech from time to time.
It takes quite a lot for me to anger, but I acknowledge that I go from zero to 60 pretty fast. I tell myself I’m getting better about this (please don’t interview my children,) and I have learned a trick or two.
For me, counting [More]
- 3:39 pm Monday, August 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Ahhhh the Dog Days of Summer…
Why do we call this indolent time such a thing? I wanted to know too, so I looked it up and found this,
“The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog).”
Yep, makes TOTAL sense to me! Hot, humid, lazy, tongue-wagging, water-lapping, shade-napping, panting days of summer! My poor pooches are worn-out from [More]
- 6:08 pm Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Here we are in August!
And where I am, it’s HOT, unseasonably HOT! Actually, almost anywhere in the US is hot by August. I would suggest that this is not the month to take on any real ambitious projects.
I’m glad most of my summer travel has been completed, and the two big events at the farm, though such a blessing, are over. My niece’s wedding was spectacular and an annual fund raising event for Point Hope was amazing. We had some incredible talent join us this year, Julia Michaels, who has a chart topping hit, Issues, and my long-time friend, [More]
- 5:24 pm Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Are you holding summertime in your hands?
Sweet, sticky watermelon? Marshmallow roasting sticks? Maybe you held sparklers earlier this month? And maybe holding summer in your hands means tossing a Frisbee for your dog or a baseball to your kids. Perhaps you’re holding a good book, a glass of sweet tea, and the side of a hammock! Ahhhhh.
For me, holding summer in my hands usually involves a bowl of potato salad or a gourmet burger made with organic ground beef raised by my husband and grilled over a flame. Mmmmm. Picnics, barbecues, summer meals served up on a picnic table! That’s [More]
- 5:22 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Up to 60% of our bodies are made up of water, or some crazy amount like that. I think it’s even higher for our heart and lungs. It’s no wonder that water calls to us, soothes, calms and rejuvenates our soul…especially in the summer!
Be it a $10 kiddie pool from the local department store, or a fabulous white, sandy beach in the Florida Keys, on the local river, creek, lake… hours spent in the water swimming and splashing, on the water boating or paddle boarding, or under the water scuba diving or snorkeling(my favorite,)are sooo therapeutic!
Summertime isn’t summertime without a [More]