Thursday, May 14, 2015


I'm in the middle of life here at home, getting ready for a few ladies to come over tonight for the first time, but I find myself really looking forward to tomorrow.

As soon as school is complete tomorrow I am going on a personal retreat.  The last time I was alone for an extended time was my trip to Portland about four years ago.  Since we have only one car and no extra money, I had to get creative on how to make this work. I've got a free place to be here in town and wheels to borrow if I need them.  (thanks mom!)

I was hoping for lovely weather and endless walks, but snow and rain are what is forecasted.  No matter.  I will not let it ruin this time.

I'll be back online next week.  Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I love memoirs.  I do.  There is just something so fun about a glimpse into another's daily life.  I guess it was the early version of blogging.  I love peoples' stories.  I love to hear their voices.

I am currently reading two biographies, one on Dietrich Bonhoffer and one on Beatrix Potter.  They are fascinating.  They aren't the quickest or easiest of reads for me.  Maybe though I just picked two people who did too much.  ;)

Maybe someday I'll write a memoir.  Sweetheart and I talked about writing fully about our time in Idaho.  We haven't figured out if it would be a comedy, or a tragedy.  Probably a good mix of both would fill the pages. 

Anyway, I went down this rabbit trail inadvertently.  I really just got on here because I wanted to share a quotation from a book I read awhile back that stuck with me.

"We don't wait for inspiration any more, having found that inspiration is mostly the application of the seat of the pants 
to the seat of a chair."
~Louise Dickinson Rich from We Took to the Woods

In other words:  sit down Kimberly and get to work.  So, instead of trying write something inspired here and doing nothing at all in this space, I'm just writing.  We'll see where it goes. 

By the way, I took this picture just after the blossom picture above.  I turned around and saw these guys just hanging out in the back where the garden will go.  See why the fence may be important? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Start Small

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been reading a lot about Permaculture.  I've really liked what I've read.  A lot of the books were on planning how to set up your land for the best yields and ease of use. 

When we arrived at our place in Idaho we had no plan.  We were immediately in survival mode.  And that's where we lived the whole time.

Now, we're planning how we want this place to be.  I don't know if all our plans will come to be, but adjusting the plan is a part of it all.  One of the ideas of Permaculture is, "Start small and work out from well-managed areas." 


So even though I have a larger plan inside my head (that will hopefully make it onto paper soon) we are starting small.  This year it will be two manageable raised beds.  We'll do deer & chicken fencing first that allow for future garden growth, but we're not trying to plant the entire acre this year. 

We decided to wait on the bees this year.  They need to be close enough for weekly maintenance and for daily shovelling out in winter, but we don't want them right here by the house we are currently living in.  We could put them out in the back acre where they will probably end up, but it would be a real pain come winter.  As bees are notorious for not wanting their hives moved, we will plan for them for next year when we have a better sense of how things will lay out. 

We'll probably end up with chickens soon, but I want to have good, secure housing and a safe, dependable chicken run first.  As that isn't ready, I'm not buying chicks.  If it doesn't happen until next year, I'm good with that, too.  I do miss our little feathered friends (and their eggs) though.

We've jumped right into so many things.  It's not all together a bad thing, but depending on the situation it can be quickly overwhelming for me.  I've discovered I don't like being overwhelmed. 

That said, I can get stuck not trying new things by waiting for situations to be perfect before I begin, so sometimes it is good to be pushed out of my comfort zone.  I've certainly learned to do a lot more than I would have otherwise.

I think this way of thinking may help me in so many areas.  We'll see.

"Start small and work out from well-managed areas."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day!

It's been a nice day here.  We were hoping for a chance to break in the fire pit this evening, but the rains are still threatening and the wind has picked back up.  It's a bummer.  I'd really like to sit out by a fire and listen to the creek.  Maybe tomorrow though.
I saw this picture of a certain little lady from last month.  She was on her way out on a date with Grandpa.  She was so excited.  I think she ate as much as Grandpa.  :)  
Isn't she something?  Can you believe how big she is?  She's such a unique child.  Picture a Warrior Princess Butterfly.  She is always on the move, excited about everything and chatters a mile a minute in her little (squeaky) voice.
She loves to draw, write her letters, play Legos, beat up her brothers and talk.  She sings all sorts of songs, including quite a few she makes up herself.  She loves school time, but is happiest when she's swinging as high as she can in her hammock.  She fears nothing.
I love her.  She sure makes being a Mom new and exciting every day.  She is a blessing.


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