Monthly Archives: January 2019

Worth Waking Up

Yesterday morning was one of those mornings you were glad you opened your eyes again. The morning sky was a grand fireworks display. The mild winter has me dreaming of fresh greens, and it’s time to get seedlings ready. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Terror Strikes

Cleaning out our closets, we uncovered this bright, snug, warm hat. Though I discovered that it strikes terror in the hearts of the chickens. If I wear it and step into the chicken yard, the chickens cry in horror and … Continue reading

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A Hundred Words for Happy Things

The ducks start the mornings with joy. As soon as I let them out, they squeal for joy and grunt merrily as they root for things to eat. Ducks seem to have a hundred words for happy things. You can … Continue reading

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Eat or Be Eaten

On this Sunday morn, of the 72 eggs I left at Tweets on Thursday, how many are left, or did the crowd who descended on Edison yesterday finish them all off? Customers from all over the world sojourn to Tweets. … Continue reading

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Chicken Stampede

This morning was serene when I went out to make tofu in the cabin. Beams of sunlight made the frosty grass sparkle. In the trees, songbirds sang to the rising sun. I had no idea a stampede of chickens was … Continue reading

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January Surprises

This morning started crisp with a dazzling sun promising surprises, promises like daffodils shooting above the frosty ground. A winter daisy blooming at a friend’s house is a nice January surprise. So is efferfescent Scarlet with her flashy, droopy hat. … Continue reading

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March Shows Up Unexpectedly

March stopped by for a visit today, bringing blue skies, cherry blossoms, and spring warmth. This odd cherry tree blooms all year long, usually just a few flowers at a time, but today it was dazzling. While weeding the warming … Continue reading

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A Happy Dance

This unusually warm January has me thinking cherry blossoms. It’s too early to start counting, but once it is February 1, if you start adding the high temperature of each day in centigrades, by the time the total gets to … Continue reading

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Far, Far Away in Pipa-Us-I

Thursdays are one of my tofu making days. It’s a quiet, peaceful thing to do, and gives me a chance to travel. Japan may have more train buffs than anywhere, and many of them record entire train rides, hours long. … Continue reading

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Flying Sheep

A bicycle ride to the post office is a chance to see Chuckanut Mountain in one of its winter moods. On the fields across the road from Bow Hill Blueberries the swan are grazing. From a distance, flocks of swans … Continue reading

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Forest Humor

What are those blooms? I thought when I walked past the noble fir we bought as a live Christmas tree a number of years ago, and planted. They weren’t flowers, they were the cones which had either shed many of … Continue reading

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World Famous Airborne Moss Gardens

A narrow strip of land from northern California to southwestern British Columbia is the home of the only palmatum group of maples found outside of Asia, Acer circinatum – Vine Maple. How did they get here? Seeds carried on winds … Continue reading

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Let There be Dust

Months of rain make having dry places for the chickens a must. Rolling around in the dust is a favorite pastime of the chickens. Sunshine pouring down on them as they roll around in the dust is just a fantasy … Continue reading

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Before the Storm

The forecast is for another windy night and a blustery day tomorrow. Before the trees and branches come crashing down, while it is still calm, I sneak off into the winter woods. One of the first things I encounter is … Continue reading

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Hidden Life of Trees

2018 ended with one last tofu delivery to the Anacortes Food Co-op yesterday. These are not serene lakes reflecting the mountains, these are flooded fields in the Skagit Valley. In the summer, these “lakes” will be fields of waving wheat … Continue reading

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