Once upon a time we lived on a boat.

A 27′ Hunter sail boat, I don’t count the bowsprit if you ask my love he will say it was a 30 footer- it. was. not. We lived in Santa Cruz harbor and life was…well, never boring (not that it is now) When he bought the boat, the slip that came with it was grandfathered in as a…

To Be Grown. 

Like many (or all) I became a true grown up by accident, or should I say misstep. The perpetration of something that I never intended to do.  Could truthfully never have anticipated doing.  In all my time till this point, I could I assured you without a doubt I would never be involved in. Well so much…

BASEBALL! GLORIOUS BASEBALL!

I was raised by a recovering Catholic and a Frisbetairan (my dad believed that when you die your soul goes up on the roof and no one can get it down. And if you bad you get chewed on by the Big Dog.) We were introduced to the basic tenets of all religions and encouraged to have…

Self Indulgent Ramblings and Abstract Metaphors

I am constantly amazed with how the acceptance of my situation and a lack of expectations has lead me to the far East Coast and happiness. I get to see the boys (though it is not enough) and while I am always sad when they go, I am happy that they seem well adjusted and comfortable…

Are You Checking Out My Package?

Well You Should. Actually it’s packages. Filled with bees.  Are you impressed yet?! No, fine. I was pretty pleased yesterday when I got to pick up my bee packages from Sparky’s honey and syrup.  In contrast to a nuclease- a package of bees contains only bees and a mated queen, no comb or brood like…

Oh the Bee-manity!

Well… The bees did not make it through the winter.  I am not really surprised and neither are my bee mentors who have lost a few hive themselves this year. A bee can only preform cleansing flights when the outside temp is above 50 or so and this winter full of -20 degree days did no…

That Time I Brought a Hawk Home.

I’m not kidding. I don’t know if it was a good thing my husband was unsurprised and (to my dismay) rather unimpressed He was actually said “that sound about right” Seriously?!  What do I have to do to get a reaction around here?! When I worked at the golf course my beverage cart girl came…

A Rant. My First. Probably Not My Last.

For almost three years now we have not had cable TV.  This started because we could not afford the $160+ a month bill.  In the end it has been AMAZING! The only thing we both had to give up is live sports and we are getting by without them… kind of. This means that we…

‘Killer’ The Chick Vs The Invading Cricket Hordes!

20 days ago we started incubation on 41 eggs from the ladies, these eggs included parings from all four roosters so this was going to be interesting right from the beginning. The first bit of excitement comes on day 3 and 6 of incubation.  Lets face it-  most of the time the eggs just sit…

Your Time In The Coop Is Over- The Flock Has Spoken…

Spring rain! This is first bit of parsiptation I can remember that isn’t frozen, I had almost forgot what rain sounded like.  It is amazing to watch it melt the last bits of snow and hard to believe that spring could really be taking hold. Our preparation for this eventuality has been in full swing the…

The Most Beautiful Thing I have Ever Seen!

There are many things in this life that make all the other crappy parts worth living through.  Love, beauty, kindness and friendship top the list. There few people who embody all these things.   One of them is my childhood best friend. We met when we were still infants.  As a result we have known…

For The Love Of Trees.

The commute to the ocean has been a weekly part of my life but my physical home was always in the mountains, guarded by the giant redwoods. I was conceived and raised under their watchful bows and I am ever grateful for their tutelage.   For it is hard (or at lead should be) to be surrounded…

Are Phoenix Ashes Impatient?

When a Phoenix dies, do its remains know they will be reborn? This past few months I have managed to; loose my dad, quit my job, flounder in the beginnings of a new venture, remain almost completely homebound for months and gradually loose my mind in the process. I have been working on one particular painting for years…

Spring Time in Maine Part II- The Thawing

It’s happening, really happening! Even though in your head you know spring has got to come.   For a long time this winter I didn’t quite believe it. Neither did my husband. When I told him that spring must arrive sometime- since it does it every year, he pointed out that during the ice age this…