I took a week off from my day job.

I painted. I drank a lot of coffee. I watched Ron Weasley sleep. I took Ron Weasley to the vet. I painted some more. I made quiche. I went to the movies. I went junking. I was perpetually paint-stained. It rained. I used my Crock-pots, two at a time. I put my painting on a […]

Last Best Place

It’s really amazing, isn’t it, when two people so completely different have the same favorite place? Ours is Timberline Lodge and we stayed there for our anniversary a few weeks ago. We arrived in the afternoon so there was time for picture-taking (me) and bird-watching (him). Though temps were still warm in the valley, On […]

A Walk in the Woods

I always mountain lions lounging up in the trees, kind of leaning on one arm like they’re cruising, nodding their heads and listening to gangster rap. I imagine they would size up our little party of two and think, “The male is all hair and sinew, but the female, she’s slow and has some good meat on her.”

Oh Deer!

My parents live, let’s say, rurally. That is, they have a barn, and farm vehicles and a canning shed and a larder and a deer feeder. Among other country-type things. They still live in the place where I grew up and though The Place, as it’s called, has changed over the 20 years since I […]

Back to Business

Yesterday marked two weeks (at least) since I last picked up a paintbrush. It’s been so long I was starting to wonder if I’d forgotten how.