I want to be outside - hands in dirt, planting things, sunshine on my shoulders.  With those days still so far away, I keep buying forlorn dying plant starts.....green things to nurture inside while I wait for nature outside to reawaken.

winter woods



Winter woods, our weekend wonderland.



Yesterday we said goodbye to little Sophie.  So sweet she was, so loving, so loved.  It was hard to let pets go as a child, but I don't think I was ever as sad as I was yesterday doing so, and still am today.  It's been hard to watch my son have to let her go.  He's never known life without her.  We knew for a while that the end was coming, but it was so hard to make the final step to decide to say goodbye so she wouldn't suffer anymore.  Thor and I buried her in the yard she loved to play fetch in yesterday, in the pouring rain, both of us crying like babies.  What joy and happiness she brought to our home and family.  A little bright light that is now sprinkled in our hearts forever.  We're making sure her grieving brother Klaus, who has been her inseparable pal since they were puppies, feels very loved and not alone, though we know he'll always feel her loss, too.  

Thank you, sweet girl, for all the love you gave to us for so many years.  We loved you right back and will never forget you.




We spent New Year's Day out at my husband's aunt's century farm helping her prune blueberry bushes and visiting with her.  It was a great way to start the new year - seeing family, working outside together, and being out in some of this beautiful Northwest paradise we live in along the way.  It's hard to believe it's already January, that the holidays are over, and it's time to get back to our regular routines.  But I think I'm ready.
by mlekoshi