Friendsgiving

There are too many great photos to share from our Thanksgiving spent with friends, or Friendsgiving, this year. So fewer words and more pictures! First, don’t all good things start with friends jammed in a teeny kitchen cooking together? I feel like I’ll remember all that giddy energy in the kitchen more than almost anything… Read more »

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving falls at a weird time in my graduate school schedule. It’s always the week before our final studio design review, so I’m cranking on drawings when most people are pouring over holiday recipes. The picture below is the world I live in right now: sketches, trace paper, tea and pomegranates (a little treat to… Read more »

Problem Solver: Strawberry Tree

In late fall and winter, you may start to notice a lack of anything looking alive in your landscape. The trees lose their leaves and there’s nothing left behind but a skeleton of plantings. That is when you know you need more “evergreen structure” – something to give life to your garden year round. Here… Read more »

Missing Gramps

It has been three years since my grandpa passed away and it always seems harder at this time of year. He passed in December, but those late fall months were the hardest for us all. We always talked about our gardens during our visits. In those last few months, it was almost exclusively what we… Read more »

Raking Is Not Homework

“I can resist anything but temptation.” -Oscar Wilde This became the theme of my weekend, for better or worse. I tried hard to sit at my desk focusing on homework while Jay worked on tidying up the backyard. Have you ever seen those old psychology experiments that tested the ability of little kids to resist… Read more »

Fruit Crisp for Two

What a weekend! It was equal parts active and hibernating with a double scoop of food lovin’. This big baby in my belly, who we’re calling Bug, went with me to yoga. Of course you have to follow up exercise with a huge brunch – hey, I don’t make the rules. I ate my entire… Read more »

Portland, I’m Coming Home!

Let’s be honest: my heart is planted in my Portland garden. It has been tough to be away for the last couple years temporarily living in Eugene while I work on my masters of landscape architecture degree. I have found a few places to make me feel at home-ish here in Eugene, but I have… Read more »

Molting Chickens

The chickens are looking a bit shaggy and disheveled, which means it’s that time of year: molting time. Molting is the process chickens go through of shedding feathers and replacing them with a new, fluffy coat. They are never completely featherless, but rather they lose feathers and regrow them in patches. The temperatures dipping are… Read more »