Words and Birds

The weather beams warm one day; another morning, I look outside to see 6 inches of snow drifted across the lawn with an awful wind whipping through the bare tree branches. Winter in Oregon. The next week, we get drizzles of rain for a day or two..the ground turns into a quagmire of soft stickyContinue reading “Words and Birds”

Gratefulness

I am thankful for little things. The other day in a writing group, we were given the assignment of writing a list of 100 things to be grateful for. It took a bit of thought to come up with that many. But once I got to the upper 90’s, even more blessings popped into myContinue reading “Gratefulness”

Winter Days

I’ve found one benefit of foggy mornings.. when it finally clears, the whole world is bathed in fuzzy outlines of silvery whiteness. Today the air was crisp and the very trees crackled as I trotted past them on a brisk walk with Buster. Nothing pleases the two of us more than to head out acrossContinue reading “Winter Days”

Of life and holiday spirits

Cure for bad-tempered cats: Pull on welding gloves. Grab bad-tempered cat and stuff into a large garbage can with lid. Close lid tightly. Place on four wheeler and drive rapidly to farm 2-3 miles away. Dump cat out and drive rapidly away in the opposite direction. Take a completely different route home so bad-tempered catContinue reading “Of life and holiday spirits”

Chimichangas with Cheese Sauce

I don’t have any fancy name for these. They are what they are, and don’t need an amazing handle. The taste speaks for itself. And as a real winner, they are fairly easy to make! You will need: hamburger meat salt and pepper onion powder or minced onion garlic powder cumin taco seasoning shredded cheddarContinue reading “Chimichangas with Cheese Sauce”

Life is Good

With a snap of its fingers, summer disappeared in a whirl of watering wheat, trapping gophers, and a final soaking of the flowerbeds and lawns. Fall burst in with vibrant yellow leaves, crisp air, and that feeling of brisk energy infused into everything. Everything except me. Who would have thought one tiny little someone insideContinue reading “Life is Good”

Life Down Highway 20

It’s been awhile, I realize, since I’ve let y’all in on the details of our life so maybe this post will be a newsy sort. (Beware.. newsy means long.) We haven’t run out of work or things to do, and the future doesn’t look hopeful either. Between trucking all week, farming on the weekends, andContinue reading “Life Down Highway 20”

Magical Moments in Life

Jake brakes reverberating through the open windows of a truck as you cruise through a tunnel. The sight of a puppy lolling his tongue in happiness to see me come home. Sinking into a bed freshly-made with sweet-smelling sheets warm out of the dryer. A swallow of ice-cold water on a hot dry day. TheContinue reading “Magical Moments in Life”

Take Me to the Ocean

***WARNING*** Long blog post ahead. I see with horror that my last blog post was nearly a month ago! I find that somewhat hard to believe and double-checked my calendar just to make sure. I don’t understand how the days disappear into weeks and the months gobble up the weeks. Life has not lacked inContinue reading “Take Me to the Ocean”

Living a Spontaneous Normal Life

Life has been considerably normal down Highway 20. Almost too normal in fact, because if nothing of great interest happens, what is there to write about? I’m the type of person that loves life. So much in fact, that one life is entirely too short to do all the things that are calling me toContinue reading “Living a Spontaneous Normal Life”