outdoors

  • brittany, 9 pm.

    We’ve been singing rounds of Wheels on the Bus, except instead of rousing odes to wheels and windows and wipers, we’re celebrating a rowdy bus of animals: cows and doggies and fish, if you’d like to know.…

    June 9, 2016 12 Comments
  • elderflower cordial.

    Elderflowers bloom in spring and so imbibing them in the springtime seems like a wise and festive thing to do. An elderflower cordial is not an alcoholic drink. It’s a glorified soda. But cordial is a…

    June 7, 2016 8 Comments
  • go for a wander.

    While we’re busy battling jet lag, missing coffee meetings with friends while we oversleep, and generally bumbling about town with our eyes half-open, here are a few thoughts on traveling—somewhere nearby or far flung—and…

    May 26, 2016 16 Comments
  • out and about: joshua tree.

    We’ve had a decidedly indoor series of days and so, I thought, it’d be nice to live vicariously through photos of a few decidedly outdoor days that we passed earlier in the month. We headed…

    March 21, 2016 11 Comments
  • springtime perfection, or close enough.

    I’ve always been something of a perfectionist apologist. Why not strive for perfection, I’ve thought. A little aspiration never hurt anyone, I’d say. And I still mostly stand by those words. But the problem with…

    March 14, 2016 31 Comments
  • indoor gardening with little guys.

    Yesterday I posted a photograph of our plecanthrus going gang-busters, and a few of you asked about how our plants have fared with a toddler in the house. The short answer is that while Faye…

    March 3, 2016 8 Comments
  • how to work better.

    My sister once told me to make sure I smile during interviews, even if they’re not on camera. You can hear a smile in a voice, she said, even if you can’t see it.…

    February 22, 2016 27 Comments
  • snow day.

     Just a little snow report for a Monday morning. We had exactly the snowy, time-stopping kind of weekend I’d wished for: Grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies with neighbors; a shoelace rope, a…

    January 25, 2016 18 Comments
  • cedar wreath

    solstice poem.

    iA tree hulks in the living-room, prickly monster, our hostagefrom the wilderness, preludeto light in this dark space of the yearwhich turns again toward the suntoday, or at least we hope so.Outside, a dead…

    December 22, 2015 1 Comments