Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Twitter Prophecies

The new year will bring the kids into a good time, and they will help us grow, and be more than happy!

-Stormy Peterson's Phone

Monday, January 1, 2018

Make a Scene

Word for 2018: Arrive

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Attitude is Everything

Whether the glass is half empty, or half full is no concern of mine.  The next round is on me, and that's all that matters.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Interested in exploring more winter folklore? One of my favorites, and oft overlooked, is the Deer Mother

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Company You Keep: SoulTalk

On this first day of Winter, a time of deep reflection and introspection sometimes referred to as the dark night of the soul where we travel inward, and chase out the false-self, making way for truth and love to proliferate, it is only appropriate that I share the opportunity to join the ten day, guided online journaling workshop created by J.G. Lewis to celebrate the beginning of this new cycle.
Image courtesy of J.G. Lewis
Whether you've been journaling for years, are just beginning, or need a little inspiration to get back on track, 10 DAYS / 10 QUESTIONS will get you thinking more and writing more.  There will be tips and best practices, a supportive community, and ideas and advice on how you can strengthen your journaling practice.  IT WILL BE FREE + FREEING.

©J.G. Lewis
Register by email at
See you there! xoxo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Smart Cookie!

Sugar Cookie Essential Oil Bath

Clove Bud

Combine 4 drops of each essential oil in a warm bath (Epsom salt optional, but encouraged!) and let all of your holiday stress, or end of year worries melt away.  This warming oil concoction is ideal for promoting good circulation, soothing the adrenal glands, fortifying the thyroid, and lymph system stimulation and drainage - perfect for restoring peace, and vitality during cold, Winter months.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Last Call...

If you're a regular around here, you know every winter I roll out the bi-annual charity post for Pat Rothfuss' Worldbuilders organization that raises money throughout the year on behalf of Heifer International.  However, this geek-tastic gang concentrates its efforts toward two main drives each year; one in the winter when our hearts are warm and fuzzy, and a summer event to celebrate the author's birthday, and after last year's record breaking Two Million (and some change) USD grand total, they are currently sitting at the One Million USD mark with one day left to donate (though they almost always extend the deadline by a week to accommodate those paid mid-month).

So, why Heifer?  It's no secret, there are a lot of charities out there that are organized, and overseen as chaotic dumpster fires, at best.  This is a huge problem when the dumpster is full of well-meaning people's money, while the human beings it was all meant to help are still suffering.  With Heifer, things are refreshingly different with a rating of 97% on Charity Navigator's accountability transparency scale, they have nothing to hide, which means you can find out fairly quickly that 75% of all donated money goes straight into supporting their programs, while 5% is put toward administration costs.  Another cool, insider tip for those donating is that you can contact them, and ask to be taken off their mailing / advertising lists so that even MORE money can go toward helping people in need.  I'm a sure thing, so I don't need them to waste money that could go toward feeding a hungry person on printed materials sent to my mailbox reminding me to donate.  

Ok, ok that's cool and all, but what makes Heifer International so special?  Unlike many organizations, Heifer doesn't just throw money at people.  Cash is great, I guess, but what is someone supposed to do with it when there is NOTHING to buy, and NOWHERE to buy it?  See, we're not talking about folks who've just fallen on hard times, Heifer aims to help depressed areas so crippled with poverty (and often generational) that paper and coin just isn't going to fix.  This is when they swoop in with regionally appropriate tools, systems, education and customized training, and get to work laying the foundations for new community economies.  Why does this excite Pat, his Worldbuilders, and their geeky ilk?  It's quite simple, really.

Geeks believe in solutions.  They're not happy just dumping dough.  Good deeds without real results are just empty gestures, and that's not good enough, making Heifer + Geeks a perfect match.  Heifer is out there getting results.  The programs they tailor to each area's unique circumstances, and challenges truly change people's lives, not just once, but over and over again in a true ripple effect, which is, frankly, quite wonderful.  

If you're interested in learning more, watch the video below, or if you're already feeling generous, click here, and consider putting a few dollars toward building a world you're pleased to be part of.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Twitter Prophecies

I was born, and now I'm going back home.  The only way you can make it is to be the best you can be to yourself in this game.

 -Stormy Peterson's Phone

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

8 A.M.

"When they came to harvest my corpse
(open your mouth, close your eyes)
cut my body from the rope,
surprise, surprise:
I was still alive.
Tough luck, folks,
I know the law:
you can't execute me twice
for the same thing.  How nice.
I fell to the clover, breathed it in
and bared my teeth at them
in a filthy grin.
You can imagine how that went over.
Now I only need to look 
out at them through my sky-blue eyes.
They see their own ill will
staring them in the forehead
and turn tail

Before, I was not a witch.
But now I am one."

 -Margaret Atwood 
Half-Hanged Mary

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You Say it's Your Birthday...

This is Stormy, Pusheen's "cute little sister".  Apparently, we have a lot in common ... We're both adorable, bratty, and Scorpios celebrating birthdays today.  Bon anniversaire, my little not-so-alter ego!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall-ing in Love Again

 Fog horns and ferries
blankets of cool monochrome
ships passing unseen.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lord Almighty, I Feel My Temperature Rising!

And, not just because I'm a hunk of burning love.  As Summer lulls on, the mercury keeps surging, and it's got me looking for new ways to stay hydrated, and cool
leading me to peppermint infused water.  

Since the menthol in peppermint can actually induce a mild sweat, it's considered a cooling agent, and is quite refreshing in small doses.  Peppermint is also a source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium - some of the crucial building blocks for our electrolytes, which are often easily depleted by guzzling tons of ordinary water in hot Summer months.  Ok, so while we may not be bowled over by the trace amounts of minerals in herbs, and able to forsake all other forms of food (1 Tbs of fresh leaves = 9 mg of potassium), it certainly doesn't hurt to slip 'em into your jug, and infuse your beverage you were already going to drink!

Here's What You Do:
In a glass gallon jug combine the ripped, crushed, or pulverized leaves of 5-7 stems clipped from your peppermint plant with pure, filtered water.  Let sit around 6 hours on your counter top, strain, and keep in the refrigerator for the duration of its use.

"But my garden is overgrown with peppermint, 5-7 stems a day will never tame this invasion," you're saying.  I know, I know (well, I should say: I know now - I had no idea, before planting, how aggressive peppermint was in the garden!) ...  But now that you have an out of control patch of herb you're going to clip the hell out of it, and start drying it to make your own tea!

Here's What You Do:
Step one - Clip the hell out of it.
Step two - Dry it.  Here, you have a couple of options.  One, you can gather small bunches and hang them in a clean, dry area with lots of air flow.  Or, save your drying for the odd rainy Summer day, and dry your batches in the oven.  I use my roasting pan that came equipped with a rack in the bottom, of course you can improvise with cookie sheets and cooling racks, it doesn't have to be perfect, you just want nice air flow around your stems.  Next, place your peppermint in the oven on the lowest setting your appliance allows, and leave the door cracked open - you want to dry it, not cook it (depending on your oven, and location this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to about 1 hour and 45 minutes).  Remove, and let cool.
Check for signs of moisture; your leaves should be nice and crunchy.

Once your peppermint has sufficiently dried, remove the leaves from the stems, and rub in a strainer situated over either a bowl or measuring pitcher with a pestle or soup spoon gently grinding the leaves into small flakes and removing any unwanted sharp pieces of stem.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location until your next tea party, or recipe calls for it.  Enjoy!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

15 Seeds to Order and Sow Now!

July is a great time, in the Pacific Northwest, to buy and even start your seeds indoors for an August planting of your Fall, Winter, and early Spring crops.

Below, are fifteen plants (including my personal favorites) to consider swapping out with varieties who've already had their early Summer hurrah, and produced all they're likely to this season.

(Bull's Blood, Detroit-Golden)
(Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli)
Brussels Sprouts
(Long Island Improved)
(Golden Acre)
(Pusa Meghna)
(Coriander - Slow Bolt)
Collard Greens
(Georgia Southern Creole)
(Giant Musselburgh)
(Red Romaine)
Mustard Greens
(Red Giant)
(Black Spanish, Sparkler)
(Monstrueux De Viroflay)
Swiss Chard
(Rainbow, Fordhook Giant)
(Gold Ball)

As always, my favorite seed mongers include: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Garden Hoard, and Seeds Now.  Happy planting!


Monday, July 17, 2017

All Wrapped Up: Canvas People

A couple Seven years ago, I snapped one of my all-time favorite photographs on a beachy, mid-day stroll where (nearly) everything had come together perfectly, and quite accidentally.  All I knew was that the lowest tide of the year was coming up at some point, and I needed to get my toes into some cold saltwater as quickly as possible.  What I didn't know was that I'd have to trek nearly the length of a football field to get to said saltwater ... Never one to be easily discouraged, however, if even under the blistering sun back then, I cuffed my off-brand denim jeans from the men's department of my local one-stop-shop, and slogged out to the water's edge, flip-flops in one hand, borrowed digital camera in the other, and me ducking every now and again beneath the safety of the pier's shaded underbelly.
What I found at the end, aside from the refreshing tingle of chilly Puget Sound waves lapping at my ankles, was totally worth it.  And now, thanks to a company I first patronized in 2011, I have it on an 18 x 24 canvas on my wall.  After many setbacks, and a pace so glacial it could drive a sane man to weep with madness, I'm finally catching up on my to-do list.  Thankfully the stars aligned, and Canvas People offered a 90% discount, and quick delivery to make up for all of my slack in this project!
It might need a gaudy frame...

And now, here it hangs above my uneven chairs in my crooked cottage (note to self: will rearranging chairs to go with the slope make them look even?)  Ah, the joys of renting a 100+ year old house sitting on an underground spring ... the baby earthquakes in the bay aren't exactly helping matters; before it's said and done, I might end up with a houseboat!

If you've got some goodies of your own you want to turn into masterpieces for your wall, place an order with Canvas People through August 22, 2017 and get 70% off your order + $4.99 shipping - gaudy frames, optional.