2016: A Two-Race Year

The snow isn’t flying and the running is fun for me right now. And yet, now seems as good a time as any for a “year in review” for my running. The one race I have left, I’ve been advised not to run. This is why this post is full of photos of produce: I…

Plans for peppers

I made a really good chili, last Sunday and I have to admit that I’m glad my husband is away all week because that means more chili for me! The peppers above were from our garden, in 2009. Next summer, I plan to do that well in our dirt, then make this chili with our…

Sacral chakra work in Oregon

I think this is my favorite photo from our July trip out west, and I’ve been mulling over what to write about it ever since we got back. For me it has some perfection and yet some contradiction. The pose I’m taking there is called Garland pose, or Malasana. Some yoga traditions have called it…

I am a Summer

Rocks are warm, and friends are willing to climb them with me. Tomatoes are a-growing in the back yard. So are radishes, arugula, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and parsley. Hopefully the peppers and squash will fruit up, soon. I can go for a run outside without fear of getting hurt on ice: I’m healthy and…

Food on the brain

Sprouts, everywhere. It’s the first day of summer. We may have a perfect-for-solstice 108 sprouting plants, mostly due to my recent ham-fisted actions with a packet of arugula seeds. Despite a spindly June with the tomato, pepper and okra seeds that we started on the fridge in February, we now have filled every available slot in…

Cupcake paper

We’ve had a house, and so also a garden, for eight growing seasons now, and I waited this long to plant a poppy? Perhaps it was due to confusion from a seed packet I’ve had that long for Icelandic poppies: those required sowing in the fall, to allow for spring blooms. I tried that in…