J and I usually take a road trip around the first of the year. It’s a perfect time to chat about our intentions for the coming year. Last year was almost entirely about settling in: new work, new school, new garden, new state…
Things are pretty settled now…
At all times, keep things simple. This is something I believe to be at the very core of my being… Complication, and in over your head, are different
Blog on the short side of ONE month– I can go back and look at every time I wrote, “I need to post more often”. That is the beauty of having this collection of thoughts. Every time I tell myself that if I’d just do it more often, it would keep it simple. Yet… Makes me feel like a turd… Again.
More art. Actually, “some” would be a better starting place…
Kick ass garden. Of course… I’ve been outside in my plot as much as possible (on the random sunny/not raining day). The one thing I was most looking forward to when we decided on California, was gardening year round. Not that I’m growing a ton right now, but we’ve eaten something growing in our garden every month since we put in the beds. I’m in a far better spot than I was last year. My dirt has been soaked with several months of rain. It’s now full of fat worms. I’m starting at the right time, not four months behind… It’s gonna be a good year.
There is always something blooming…
Irises in December.
A good portion of my houseplants are now living outside year-round. They seem happy.
My CaseyJane. She is always a bright spot.
She sent me a box of fall.
Christmas happened since we last chatted…
I made caramels and apple butter for my work family. This is really the only image I have from the whole process. That’s my mom’s candy thermometer, it’s still right on temperature
Dinner party at Joel and Ryan’s. (Joel is my co-worker, they are also the parents of the two pups we watch from time to time.)
They have a mass producing Meyer lemon tree in their back yard. Its possible I’ve written about them before….
We are making limoncello as we speak. It’s our second batch. We are now experts. More on that later…
My present. Along with ten more pounds.
Steam in the sunshine… and sweet potatoes.
is that hat…
For as sad as my peppers were this summer, they came around in the end.
I made green enchilada sauce with them.
Trip to the city to see Leon…
Happy Birthday, Anne with an “e”…
One of the best interactions I’ve ever witnessed happened over this picture. I can’t do it justice by simply repeating it. But, the words “I’ll kung-fu you mother fucker” did come out.
AA, have you been here?
I made lemon bars with a small portion of the crippling amount of lemon juice I now possess. They are such a pain in the ass to make.
But, then you have lemon bars.
Christmas day hike.
Bisque and crab cakes for Christmas lunch.
Now, you too can have that song stuck in your head.
Christmas and New Year’s Day both landed on Sundays, giving me two, four-day weekends in a row. We decided to go to Portland for the second of those two.
I just like to ride in a car over long distances. If I’m in a car there is no chance I have to do dishes.
I really do miss snow.
Our friend, Peter, was coming home from Portland when we were driving up.
Chicken fried steak with an extra side of sausage gravy. So magical.
I notice 11:14 a lot. This seems the same, but an alternate universe.
The place across the way from our hotel had pie. I freaking love pie. They sold one piece for 4, and a whole pie for 10.99. AND you get a free reusable pie bag. You can’t realize pie is good at all times of the day, if you only get one piece. We did it for science.”Sweet Montana Cherry” was the winner.
The view from this “house”. Wouldn’t that suck…?
I want to be in charge of decorating this place for Christmas…
Perfectly cooked gems are a beautiful thing.
Wynn loves carpet. Especially squishy, hotel hallway carpet.
Portland is the “Rose City”.
And back home…
Elmer’s for breakfast. Remember Elmer’s in Billings? It’s still good.
First day, number 5.
Tomorrow is number 70 for my most favorite person on the planet. Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Janie. You are my sunshine.
Tomorrow is also Free Thinkers Day. Free Think, Loves!