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Change of scene

I returned home last night from a week on the water in Northern California. My fella is a marine ecologist and spends four months each year sitting in a little boat on a big ocean. A few highlights: ** A trip across open water to a …

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Christmas preparation

There are a few Christmas tree lots in this town, but most people get a permit to cut their own from National Forest land. This weekend most of the cars I saw out and about were topped with cut trees. I saw these fellas on Sunday …

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‘Tis the season : wreaths

It’s dreary today There is a storm rolling in, due to linger in the valley all day so yesterday I went out collecting wreath making supplies. I’m not quite ready for a tree, but a wreath of fir, pine, juniper and sage will make my house …

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Snowy morning thoughts

I love how the snow transforms the landscape here. Familiar trails disappear under the fluff and the whole world becomes open for adventure : bumps smooth out, landmarks disappear and the world is new. All you need is a pair of snowshoes or skis and a …

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Homemade Cough Drops

Have you ever boiled sugar? At first it boils like water does – furious and constant, but the bubbles are thin and manageable. Then as the solution thickens, the bubbles become viscous — still constant, but merging into eachother — a giant, rolling, super-bubble alien. That’s …

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Winter Preparation and Fingerless Mittens

I spent last week in New York — wandering around Brooklyn in unseasonably warm sunshine, shuffling through bright leaves on the sidewalk — rewinding back into fall. Meanwhile, winter arrived in Montana. The mountains are white, blending into the bleak sky — the palate of the …

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Birthday week

My birthday is Friday (yay!) I’m a big fan of birthdays — I’ll get more into why tomorrow — and I strongly believe in being decadent and celebratory for as long as possible around one’s birthday.  All week I am prioritizing : ignoring the inconsequential things …

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