and so it begins, our new property …

I have been wanting to move for some time, for about the past five or so years. I visited a total of 92 properties, in my town and as far as two states away, maybe even three states away. We kept running into snags. The right price the wrong covenants, no zoning/covenants but super high…

Our trails are in need of better etiquette

“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about whats happening in the hood” – Dough, Boyz n the Hood. Our winters in the mountains are awesome. Awesome and long. I love the snow, but honestly I think the pay off for eight months of winter is the glorious wild flower season, hiking in altitude,…

dog pond project – day #5 – DONE!

Well, I know DIY projects don’t always go as smoothly as planned, or envisioned, or dreamed up, but this one had some major bumps. I am going to say we are finished! I am making that claim publicly. Woop, yes, for this season we are living with what we have, and I am happy for…

Heather Lake – another 11 miler

Because my knee is still a bit toasty from our Elephant Mountain hike, and still talking smack every time I go up or down the stairs, I encouraged my kids to choose a hike with the distance they wanted to go, but with a bit less up and down action. Emerald/Heather Lake area is what…

a voluntary trail spanking

My first full day off in over six weeks. A for real full day off. Office locked up, phones off, garden projects at a place where they can wait a few days, and the house looking like a disaster but happy all the same. I woke up early but leisurely, made coffee, snuggled with my…

dog pond project – day #4

Rocks arrived, gravel unloaded, liner in … here we go. I wanted a pond, and then a pondless waterfall, and then a deep pool (Olympic size!), and then back to a water fall with a pond. We now have a nice pond type wading pool, and the waterfall will go in sometime this week. It’s…

dog pond project – day #2

So I knew that putting in a water element, pond, falls, wasn’t going to be as easy as say digging a hole and filling with water and, Ta Da! a pond! But this is taking more thought than I had anticipated. After we dug the initial hole, and kind of got a feel for the…

dog friendly garden

I love, absolutely positively love early summer mornings. Getting up with the sun and working in my garden almost feels like a guilty pleasure. I hope that feeling never goes away. Visiting my various garden beds, watering, checking on my mother plants, looking through our fruit trees, making sure the grass is still growing, trimming…

Happy Summer Solstice!

My garden was calling me, it does this sometimes. It was telling me I need to take a break! It is simply my most favorite place to be, and the only thing that makes it better is when my dogs join me… You just can’t beat hang time with plants and dogs! Happy Summer Solstice!…

time poor

When Spore and I started our lives together, we decided that we wanted to live simply. We found out pretty quickly that our vision of simple was quite different. Spore was thinking cave man homesteader, pull away from society, live off the land, tree bark for toilet paper kind of simple. I was thinking no…