Aaaaand collapse…

Juniper and I just returned from a long week in Eugene. I presented my graduate thesis yesterday to a great crowd of faculty, classmates and friends. The feedback I received was all very positive – almost surprisingly positive – and it felt great to share my research with the outside world. I’m pretty under the… Read more »

Goodbye Howard, Our Beloved Companion

We said goodbye to our loving companion Howard this weekend, our devoted greyhound. He has been a part of our family for almost as long as Jay and I have been a family. We met him eight years ago after his racing days were over and I still remember falling in love with him that… Read more »

Whirlwind in Oklahoma

We took a quick, whirlwind trip to Oklahoma where Jay’s family lives to visit one last time with them before the baby arrives. It’s a really different culture than what I am used to being a born and bred NW gal. So here’s a quick recap from the eyes of a Portlander. Upon arrival into… Read more »

Farmy Baby Shower

Graduate school gives you a shortage of both time and money. Yet somehow, my classmates in Eugene put together a super-sweet baby shower for us that I just have to share with you. The theme was “Springtime on the Farm” and they came up with the most adorable and creative ways to fill us with… 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 »

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 »

A Calm Birthday

My birthday falls at a great time – just as summer closes and autumn unfolds. As each year passes, I find myself celebrating simplicity and this year was no exception. I didn’t want to coordinate a big outing. I didn’t want to be around big groups of people. Instead, I wanted peace and calm. The… Read more »

Cape Cod Retreat

After our blissful stay in Maine, we drove down the coast to relax in Cape Cod for the last half of our vacation back east. It’s a part of the country we have heard great things about, but never had the opportunity to visit before. Our timing was impeccable – after Labor Day when the… Read more »

New England Farm Wedding

I just returned from a blissful week in New England where I attended one of the sweetest weddings ever. We flew from one Portland (Oregon) to another Portland (Maine) and somehow the world did not spontaneously combust. Our friends getting married, Dan and Emily, gave us a great reason to visit this part of the… Read more »