Category Archives: Happiness

Ode to Rhubarb

The first picking of rhubarb is always an occasion to celebrate. Rhubarb is a celebration of everything green and red. Few vegetables crunch the way rhubarb does when you slice it with a knife. This year’s first rhubarb picking became … Continue reading

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The Secret to Happiness: Who Knew?

The flowering cherry may have scattered its blossoms, but the Rainier cherries are just opening up. The pear trees are in full bloom too. And under the blooming pears, I’ve found the secret to happiness: ducks. All it takes is … Continue reading

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Happiness Is …

Happiness is watching red wing black birds gathering cattail fluff for their nest. Happiness is freeing Daisy from her nursery. Her chicks are a week old today and ready to explore the wide world. Five of them are actually Buff … Continue reading

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! or Do You Love Me Now?

Fresh out of the oven, dog treats made from okara, whole wheat flour, grated parmesan, and bacon. Takuma and Ena are asking, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” before they are even cooled. The nice thing about making your own dog treats is … Continue reading

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Royalty on Display

The Prunus subhirtella is in bloom … delicately. From fall into early spring, this cherry is a pleasant reminder of what spring will bring. On a warm, sunny, December day, King Richard struts his stuff. Have a few roosters, and … Continue reading

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All the Way from Umingmak Nuna

A carpet of fallen leaves greeted me when I went out to the cabin to make tofu this morning. “Whoa!” I said when I stepped through the gate and saw all the leaves, wheelbarrows and wheelbarrows of leaves for the … Continue reading

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Leaves of Peace

Raking leaves is so peaceful. Nothing says peace like a pile of fall leaves. We saw two swans flying over the fields today. Perhaps they arrived this morning. Perhaps they had just flown in off the sea and were looking … Continue reading

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