I haven't felt so good in a long time. I spent the entire day prepping my yard for a garden (a new term I know call "yarding"), planting flowers, and running away from bugs. I hurt all over. Literally every part of my body hurts, in a good way; the dirt under you fingernails, lungs filled with fresh air, and maybe even a slight sunburn, alive sort of way.

I am now drinking an apple cider in my pajamas, and I plan on reading for the rest of the evening.


Much love to you all!

Fresh veggies here I come,
Your friend,


Gears are turning...

Happy Spring, everyone! And Happy Birthday to my dear ol' dad!

We are headed to my parents' house tonight for homemade, beer battered fish and chips, and probably some home-brewed beer as well!

I have all next week off of work because of spring break, and I can already feel the gears turning in my head thinking of new projects to work on.

Here's one that I've just finished, and am really quite fond of:



Much love,



I'm feeling a teeny bit overwhelmed today so I'm going to keep it simple.

And just to be clear, it is a good kind of overwhelmed.

So here is an old picture that I'm using now. It is a picture of my sister and I when she came to visit a couple weeks ago.


Much love,
Your friend,


Pie and Stitches

My days have been odd and strangely full. Days of macaroni and cheese pie making and extra long movie marathons; weird sci-fi movies and the best reuben sandwiches in the history of ever (made by the two men of the household while the ladies propped their feet up and drank beer).

Sun and rain and clouds and oddly warm weather have my brain all confused, and time seems to be going slow and fast both at the same time.


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Oh, and some finished custom embroidery:


Much love, and hoping your days go smoothly,
Your friend,


Fresh Start

I'm back!
My camera lens is back!
I'm both exhausted and exhilarated.

It's only 8:30 and I feel like I've already done more today than I have in weeks. Not the kind of stuff that everyone else knows is productive; not folding laundry or getting work done, but rather the kind of stuff that you feel deep down inside. Things you've been meaning to write down, or little scraps of paper that need organizing. Words that needed to be said into the morning air and time spent being quiet. Watching the sun rise...

So yeah, I think it is safe to say that I feel good today.



Your friend,


How Rude & Catching Up

...... Hi

Remember me?

Sorry about that rather rude absence.

We've been a tid bit busy over here and I don't even remember how many pictures I owe you anymore.

Ok I just went back and counted and it looks like I owe you 4 through today. And I have 3 and a half. Not sure how that happened.

Saturday was quite hectic. We had some much needed catch up time with the roommates (which sounds weird, catch-up time? But you live with them. Yes, but it isn't good to only do dishes with them, and say hello in passing, and both us and them had and will continue to be pretty busy, so in order to keep our household happy and content, we need fun time with them as well (longest parenthesis ever?) so we went to our favorite place to get lunch and beer) and after that we had Brian's yearly company dinner in which we dressed up, ate dinner, drank wine, and watched other people win prizes.

We spent Sunday in Portland for Brian's little brother's last culinary competition before he graduates! His team did so well!

Unfortunately... I didn't get pictures of any of the fun stuff. Not any of it!

I did, however, get some pictures of some other things going on over here.

Since our crazy weekend, I've been doing some organizing, and cataloging, and such. Getting papers in order and thoughts and ideas written down. Pre-spring-cleaning I guess.


My new birthday stamp! Thanks, sister! So much fun. I've been playing around with paper and ink and fun colors to try to find what looks best.



And of course, the ever glamorous laundry.

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So. Not sure if that spewing of words and pictures quite catches me up, or if I need to do an extra challenge. What do you think?

Your friend that is still here,



I have a pretty busy weekend ahead of me, so if I don't post every day, I will just double up on photos. Or triple up. Or whatever.

But don't fret! (I know... you were about to fret) I will be taking pictures every day.

Here are yesterday's pictures...

I've been trying to take tea pictures for my dear friend Pamela to use. I think these are my favorite ones so far.

And today's...

I'm not sure what it is about having a nice camera, but now I want to take pictures of all of my food. I try to limit myself. 


Ok! Happy March!

Your friend,