Profoundly Difficult: Part 2

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”  ~John Galsworthy I still remember Clark saying we would probably have three sets of dogs in our lifetime together.  It’s hard to believe that we have already lost our first set. When Bailey died this summer, … Continue reading Profoundly Difficult: Part 2

Alder Slaughter… Success!

It’s amazing what heavy equipment can do.  This weekend the excavator arrived, and the alders met their match.  Don’t get me wrong:  remnants of their roots are still lurking beneath the surface, so I know the war is not over.  But I do feel like we’ve won round one of the battle. The hill out front is nearly ready for seed.  Quick recap: here is … Continue reading Alder Slaughter… Success!


I’m worried about our old dog.  Yesterday I came home and found her stuck half in and half out of her doggie door.  It requires a slight hop to get through, and her back legs barely have the strength anymore.  I helped her outside, where she  struggled to squat and do her business.  She typically prefers to be outdoors, but yesterday she wanted to come … Continue reading Yellow

Bird-Themed Birthday Party

In case anyone else out there wants to throw a bird-themed party, I thought I’d share a few ideas that we used to pull it all together.  When Maggie initially picked this theme, I had no idea what we would do.  In the end, we had more ideas than we could use! Designing the invitations is my favorite step in the party planning process.  I … Continue reading Bird-Themed Birthday Party

For the Birds: Part II

We survived the bird-day party without too many ruffled feathers.  Oh sure, there were a few bonked heads and plenty of tattling, and some odd moments (like when a little girl locked herself in the bathroom with a hijacked doll stroller).  But but what can you expect when you invite 14 kindergarten girls to your nest?  All you can hope is that you will learn … Continue reading For the Birds: Part II