Category Archives: Life

Wonderful Words Wednesday: Let’s add Weird to that

::Wonderful Words Wednesday is when I share something I find to be wonderful with you. You can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your wonderful photo/post this week::


This is my child who loves to pull her own teeth out {which is wonderful because I do not like that job at all}. No fear. No pain. I love that about her character. Although, if any more fall out, she will be on an all liquid diet. Ha!

What is wonderful in YOUR world right now?

Coating of wet

As I look around us, I see a fine coating of wet.


Ah. It must be Autumn.


Our apple trees are almost completely done with apples.


They were so good this year!


Instead, we see these guys EVERYWHERE. We call them mosquito catchers, or Crane Flies. Lately I have been calling them pests.


Our marigolds look better now than they have all Summer. Who knew?


Our kale has finally come back since the deer munched it back, just in time for the cold.


And so enters another season.


What is Fall like in your part of the world?

Wonderful Words Wednesday: Apples became

::Trying something new today. Wonderful Words Wednesday is when I share something I find to be wonderful with you. You can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your wonderful photo/post this week::


These became….


This is one of the very best thing about Fall! With our homegrown apples, I make a Gluten and Egg free apple crisp (or several). Every year.


I slice up the apples, and toss them with a handful of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and a little cornstarch in a bowl and place aside.


In our mixer, I add one stick of butter (1/2 cup), 1 cup brown sugar, and 1 cup of GF oats.


I spray a rectangle pan, then pour in the apple mixture and top with the crumb.


Bake at 350 for approx. 30 minutes.


Now it is YOUR turn! I want to hear from you, my friends.

Apples of many sizes

Our apples trees were very happy this year and produced so much fruit!

We have three different kinds. The Yellow (see how technical I am?) ones were early, so we gobbled them up already, but the Green and Red are just ripening now! And they are delicious.

Falafel came in yesterday carrying this giant apple! I had to have a little photo session with it and all it’s enormity. Cause- well, look at it!


I asked her to pick some others so we could compare them.


The one on the far left is the largest we have ever grown. The middle one is average, and the right is the smallest.


On an unrelated note, I also wanted to mention that I really love reading the kind comments I get on this online home of mine. I know I have a lovely global following. My stats told me so! I encourage all of you who are out there reading (with something nice to say) to please comment! The only way for a blogger to know their audience is to hear from them via comment.


So What is growing in YOUR part of the world?

Sunny Seeds

This time of year is filled with just as much beauty and bounty as the Summertime.


The Sunflowers are heavy and bowed down with such abundance. Falafel is eating them by the handfuls!


What is in YOUR part of the world right now?

Webby time of year

And just like that, webs appear EVERYWHERE.


Occasionally, you have the opportunity to see what they are used for.




My husband and I often go for walks in the woods, where you can hear us each exclaim every few feet “Ack. I walked into another web!“.

At least we know they work.

What are YOU seeing today?

Day off

Yesterday, I gave myself permission for something that I do not do often. I allowed myself a day off from blogging.


For a few years now, I have made it a goal to post every single day. And up until now I have been successful. But I had a realization yesterday. Our lives are changing and our girls are growing and everyday is filled with new challenges. Busy has taken on new meaning. And while normally I can take time out to write here in this space, yesterday I knew it would cost me my sanity, and I skipped it.


Falafel has had some minor health challenges lately, one being dehydration (STILL). She is now required to intake 96 oz of liquid a day, and if you saw our girl that is only 46 inches tall, you would be wondering, like we are, how on earth that is possible?? Nevertheless, we have made a chart and she is a few days into it and is doing it. She is so responsive to this method of tracking what she drinks! She checks off 12 glasses during the day, and when she is done she can put a special sticker on that row. It works like a charm. I am hoping she can finally get the hydration her body so desperately needs.


I also have been having issues. One in particular, actually. I have been carrying around this extreme pain in my shoulder for about a month now, and decided that this was the week to address it. I had a few dislocated ribs that were contributing to it, and they have been properly returned to their respective positions. OUCH.

To further add to the mayhem, we had parent night yesterday. I was upset because both parent nights for both kids were on the same night….

Or so I thought.

After picking children up, making food, and taking Falafel to the doctor, I ran home and Jim and I got all ready and rushed out the door to make The Bee’s High school Parent night. I printed out the schedule, had my questions ready, and even put on some lipstick. I was ready to go to High school.

We find parking and walk all the way to the building it was going to be held at.



We walk around for a few minutes thinking we got the place wrong, and then I called The Bee so she could check the website for me. She informed us that it is indeed NEXT WEEK, and politely asked if she could laugh at me now. My husband turned to me and said “Let’s never speak of this again”.

Sheesh. We quickly walk to the car and get back in time to make the OTHER parent night at Falafel’s school.


I have so many balls in the air right now that there are some that are bound to drop every once in a while. So I gave myself that little leniency to take some time to regroup yesterday.

I am glad to be back, although I cannot promise that I will be consistent, because after all, I am human. And I am finally at a place where I can admit that.

What is going on in your world?

And then we went to the Hoh

After our amazing experience at Ruby beach, we decided to show our girls the Hoh Rainforest.


It is full of beauty…and moss, and well, beautiful moss.


And incredible webs.



At one point, I asked the girls what they saw. Falafel looked around and said “Nothing special. It looks exactly like home”.


Well, I guess she has a point. It does look exactly like where we live. Only, we traveled 4 hours to get there. *sigh*


I still think it is lovely.



The Bee was less than thrilled on this trip. You can see the look of “I am humoring you” on her face.






There were moments of joy for our teen.


We walked through to the Hoh river, and it was certainly different from where we live, and incredible to be near.






Overall, it was a trip full of adventure, family-time, and beauty…whether they wanted it or not.

What beauty have you seen today?

Wordless Wednesday: Something for me

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::


I sewed up another LBD for myself. This time I used a new pattern (to me) Carrollton Avenue Dress

by Seamingly Smitten. It makes me feel like a movie star.

Now it is YOUR turn! What has inspired you this week?

Ruby Beach

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that before school began, we traveled out to the Pacific Coast and camped (read here).


The next morning, we woke up at 6:30am, freezing, so we jumped up and packed all our gear in record time. Jim had read on the reader board the night before that there was going to be a Ranger-led hike down to Ruby beach to look at the tide pools. *warning: photo-heavy post!


We drove down the road a few minutes and actually made the talk at 7:30am.


The sun was rising as we walked onto the beach, through the trees.


It was breathtaking.


When we finally pulled our eyes away from that rising orb, we saw that we were standing on beautiful smooth round stones. The Ranger explained to us that they were once, actually, the top of Mount Olympus.


Apparently, the tide going out so far is a rare occurrence. Only about once a month. We were so lucky to get to see all that we did.


There were amazingly beautiful things everywhere we turned.


















Come back tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday….and then I will show you where our trip took us next, on Thursday.