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: We think the coyotes might be denning in our back 40 again! Heard some cute yipping yesterday πŸ˜„ Also …

: I made the most of a morning blown by a doctor’s appointment by stopping for a waterfront walk …

: I recently blogged about why leaning on LLMs to do the work of reading and researching for us is a …

: Today’s library haul was pleasingly slender, making this a more realistic venture than many πŸ˜‚ …

: Twenty years ago today, I put on a vintage nightgown and shot a gothic self-portrait in a tree …

: To make myself feel better, I ordered lead test swabs and tested our vintage dinnerware. The tests …

: Baked Smitten Kitchen’s pumpkin bread. Used 1.5c AP flour and 1/2c whole wheat. Cut sugar to 1 …

: Maaaan, just found out vintage ceramics can leach lead from the glaze, especially if you wash them …

: Second go at this thick-toppinged coffee cake. Subbed ginger for allspice. Added 1/4tsp fine salt to …

: Brunch day! Potato salmon hash with poached eggs and sourdough toast. Now I’m ready to lounge …

: Baked chocolate chip cookies. I like very little chocolate, so I used 6oz total (2.5oz 70% bar and …

: Two of these bumbles on my tall Oregon grape this afternoon! Does it seem early for bees? πŸ€” Glad to …

: I’ve had a RescueTime subscription for years but I’m not getting much out of it these …

: Pumpkin muffins with cream cheese filling and streusel. The topping was hard to apply – mine …

: I had a lot of ripe pears so I cooked this dessert twice this week πŸ˜‚ Simmer 3 diced pears in 2T …

: Baked these buttermilk biscuits again tonight and actually followed the instructions this time πŸ˜‰ Put …

: Troubleshooting night at my house: CSS for me, Excel for the husband 🦾 I’m not big on puzzles …

: I finally joined in the fun and posted my default apps too πŸ˜„ @robb@social.lol

: Tested out the refinished cast iron with cornbread – no sticking! I did use a generous coating …

: I’ve been jonesing for vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, so I made the buttermilk cake and …

: It was cold out so I thought it’d be a good day to refinish a flaking cast iron skillet. I got …

: Got a lot done at IndieWeb Create Day today but my brain needs some extra fuel to make up for all …

: We have salmon on Thanksgiving to honor Pacific Northwest heritage. I live on the traditional land …

: I got a whole bag of (Fuyu) persimmons so I’m playing with ways to eat them! First up: French …

: She cannot resist the ladder.

: Good news: my husband’s finally home from India πŸ₯° Bad news: he has cold-like symptoms 😞 Good …

: Apparently I was so excited about this book about dust I preordered it twice πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ (I read the email …

: Borrowed Greenfeast: autumn, winter from the library and looks like I’ll be buying a copy …

: Watched this bud jump from the fence onto our fig tree, pluck a fig with its mouth, and scamper down …

: Got my COVID booster and flu shot! πŸ™Œ πŸ’‰ Our car is in the shop so we walked over in the rain 😐🌧️ A …

: Dang it, I just noticed my couple All-Clad pans are losing finish at the lips – apparently …

: My folks and I met up in Bremerton today, out on the Puget Sound. Between a big naval shipyard and …

: Today is my 20th anniversary of blogging! πŸ˜€ Here’s my first blog as it looked in 2007 – …

: Today’s library haul has more “intense” books than I prefer to get at once – …

: We got out of town to the forest yesterday! A new-to-me trail with lots of cool old growth stumps …

: Brunch with a couple Middle Eastern inspired recipes from the cookbook New Feast, and leftover …

: Meanwhile, my cat is fishing in the recycle bin πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

: Finally got around to setting up the Instant Pot I bought early in the pandemic πŸ˜… Cooked lentils for …

: Baked lemon blueberry “bread” (cake) for the second time. Recipe is vegan but I made it …

: I have a handful of Bluesky invites if anyone happens to be looking for one, apropos of recent …

: Made blueberry pancake cobbler from the latest Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I doubled it and added 50% …

: This morning we went to a u-pick blueberry farm with heirloom varietals, despite a bit of rain …

: We’ve been running the new heat pump basically 24/7 for the past month and crossing our …

: Dent May’s album Late Checkout is perfect weekend morning listening πŸ˜„πŸŽΆ

: Oh the irony – someone fed my article about deindexing my website from Google over AI training …

: I realize I am a no fun grouch but can we maybe celebrate without blowing shit up? Neighbors set off …

: Tidepooling today! We headed to West Seattle, which I think of as far away (but without traffic took …

: Met my husband 17 years ago today πŸ₯° Very glad for the coincidence that we both happened to be …

: Baked nectarine-peach-blueberry cobbler. Only had 6 peaches and nectarines, so I halved the filling …

: This month I’ve been digging the album Foolishman by The Correspondents. When it came out in …

: My nutritionist suggested I explore the concept of “adult lunchables” to make lunch more …

: I’m digging this purple and green mix in the garden πŸ’œπŸ’š

: Eastward bound ☁️

: I hit 200,000 scrobbles on last.fm today! πŸ˜ƒπŸ™Œ I love music 🎢 My top listened track since 2007 is …

: Truly terrible brownies from The Kitchn: sugar didn’t properly dissolve and pieces without …

: Baked Smitten Kitchen’s dreamy cream scones for dessert. Added an extra 1/4c of cream. Made 11 …

: We’ve gotten used to hearing the nearby coyote den howling every time a siren goes past, but …

: I use DuckDuckGo’s beta app tracking blocker on my phone – looking through the past …

: Stopped by our favorite taco truck to discover it gone 😱 We ordered burritos from the replacement …

: Just went grocery shopping for the first time since the pandemic πŸ˜·πŸ›’ Not an errand I have missed πŸ˜‚ I …

: Me this morning: There’s so much to do around the house, how did I ever work full-time? …

: Did it do anything in the oven? πŸ€”πŸ˜‚ Well, this recipe was a dud πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Happens sometimes. Muesli …

: My camas is blooming! Thanks November Tracy πŸ’ͺ I’m hoping it naturalizes and spreads.

: Another from the Snacking Cakes cookbook: spiced pineapple upside down cake. The pineapple topping …

: Light dinner so we needed dessert! Powdered donut cake from the cookbook Snacking Cakes 🍩 This was a …

: Shoutout to this vintage sifter! I, er, don’t recall washing it till today, and joked how many …

: Second go at these cream scones. Made half batch with vanilla bean paste, subtle but tasty. Went …

: Tried a new buttermilk cornbread recipe along with chili. I’d make it again. I only had 1-1/4c …

: Baked Smitten Kitchen’s zucchini bread for dessert. Deb says wait overnight before eating …

: Tried a new recipe for tangy chickpeas from Smitten Kitchen. I loosely 1.5’d it and looks like …

: I used to hang dry my clothes all the time but fell out of the habit. Trying it again to save …

: πŸ“– Panel from β€œWhat It Is” by Lynda Barry: There is another part of my mind which seems to not know …

: πŸ“– Panel from “What It Is” by Lynda Barry: > There is another part of my mind which …

: I realized my Kindle Unlimited subscription was ending tonight and decided to gamble on reading the …

: Yesterday we headed up to Deception Pass for a walk along the bluffs 😍 So good to get out of the …

: This is a pretty bullshit way to talk about protests, Feedly πŸ˜’ We like free speech, remember? This …

: So I was looking at self employment taxes today and followed a daisy chain of at least 3 forms to …

: Bummer, my husband got laid off from Microsoft today πŸ™ We’ve got savings so we’ll be …

: Brunch day! Been too long 😍 I ate too much, so time to lounge on the couch πŸ˜‚

: Woke at 6 this morning to howling and yipping coyotes in the greenbelt behind our house. They hushed …

: I was craving an evening snack but wanted to eat it before 10pm and thought: scones! πŸ€“ Whipped up a …

: Tried a new buttermilk biscuit recipe today, pretty tasty and puffed up nicely. I skipped the pepper …

: Having fun thinking about albums lately, so I put together a webpage with some favorite albums πŸ’½πŸŽΆ

: I’ve been remiss in pruning my Japanese maple so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos to remind …

: My Instagram account got suspended – I’m guessing they didn’t like me pulling …

: I LOVED Odell’s How to Do Nothing so I am super excited for Saving Time! πŸ“• I’ve been …

: Post a great album with no explanation. Tag others to do the same. Sure, I’ll play πŸ˜„ Wild …

: Tried a new buttermilk biscuit recipe today. Made 10 biscuits. Baked at 450 for 16-17ish minutes for …

: I need to snack more, and just remembered this all-snack cookbook Raw Energy that’s been …

: Brunch day! Been too long πŸ˜‹

: Operation Get A New Cat Tree was a success! It only took three stores to find a good one πŸ˜‚ Our cat …

: Super psyched to cancel my gas service today! We replaced our old gas furnace and water heater with …

: Sigh, friend sent me a neat-looking anti-corporate literary magazine and I’m 96% sure the …

: Banana bread kind of day! I don’t expect this loaf to last past lunch tomorrow πŸ˜‚

: ✍️ I scribbled myself a two sentence note on Friday, then when I went to put it online it grew into …

: πŸͺ Cranberry chocolate chip blondies – I subbed semi-sweet for white chocolate and cut the …

: πŸ“– Reading What Works by Tara McMullin, about rethinking a goal-oriented life and escaping the need …

: EDIT: they found her! Yay!!! 🐢 Dunno if I know anyone here in SF – my parents’ dog ran …

: Dinner fiasco: made the worst quiche crust I’ve ever made, and it wasn’t done till 8:30 …

: Mmm, pumpkin muffins! I think I’ve made these before. Very moist. Made 17 muffins. Baked …

: Started off the new year with brunch 😍 Prepped all the veg last night so I’d have no excuse πŸ˜‚ …

: I changed things up for this year’s reading review, and looked at different stats. A new one …

: ✍ Question for fiction writers: do you outline in the same tense that you write in? My friend and I …

: πŸ“š My 20 favorite books I read in 2022 – including 9 SFF and romance novels, 5 graphic novels, …

: Huevos rancheros for breakfast - tasty enough but not worth the 45 minutes it took me to make. …

: A chilly but beautiful Winter Solstice morning!

: We are getting lots of snow days this year! Tonight’s winter storm advisory predicts …

: I’ve had it with Tidal. For a music player, its ability to play music breaks way too often. …

: I’ve been making myself a birthday playlist nearly every year since 2002. This week I posted …

: πŸ“š Failed to consider how big and heavy this haul would be when I requested so many art books – …

: Grr, just realized Tidal’s connection to last.fm broke in early October, so it didn’t …

: Rounded out National Novel Writing Month at 44k words, which I am very happy with. Just a few scenes …

: Early season snow!

: Made potato leek soup for dinner, a tasty winter pantry dish. Didn’t have yukon gold so I used …

: Got a lovely sunny stroll at a wildlife area on the lake - and spotted a bald eagle! (πŸ¦… not pictured …

: First time making a lime pie, turned out well. Zested and juiced 3 limes (oops bought a whole bag …

: Tried a new buttermilk coffee cake recipe - fine, not too sweet. Tripled the berries, folded in …

: Next Sunday, 11/27, IndieWebCamp is hosting a pop-up online discussion on making the IndieWeb more …

: Alas, Twitter has reached the point where it’s no longer even macabre fun to watch it …

: I’ve collected a list of small online shops from my social media follows, and thought others …

: I don’t have time or energy to explore a new social platform right now, so I turned on …

: Micro.blog is a much better place to actually talk to people, and for my mental health, but I have …

: At last night’s Homebrew Website Club, we lamented never finishing our blog drafts. Today I …

: Finally planted my bulbs today! I went light this year: three packs of camas, three huge allium …

: Our power was out for 16 hours yesterday so we had to toss most of our fridge 😒 But it’s …

: So this was very brown πŸ˜‚ Veggie sausage, mushrooms, cabbage πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ, rutabega πŸ‘Ž, and biscuits. Biscuits …

: You know how they tell you not to start running by running a 5k every day? NaNoWriMo is kinda like …

: First day of NaNoWriMo! This will be my 11th time playing πŸ˜ƒ Feeling excited and apprehensive to …

: πŸ“š Library haul! Tried to get a lot of stuff that will have pictures. Accidentally had a mini Russian …

: Halloween setup πŸŽƒ We skipped giving out candy the last two years but this year we’re doing the …

: This morning we dashed down to Kubota Garden before the rain and enjoyed some beautiful fall color! …

: This week I randomly decided I want to be more ambidextrous, so I’ve switched my mouse to my …

: So happy it finally feels like fall! Rain, colorful leaves, bedtime tea, down vests and SCARVES! πŸ₯°

: AQI around or over 300 at my house right now. Got air filters going in my main rooms but still have …

: Spent the day out in public for the first time since March 2020, and my brain is fried. I’m …

: At least the climate apocalypse is pretty. AQI 181πŸ”₯ 😷

: Thinking about how cool my little hometown library was. They gave me carte blanche to write graphic …

: I’ve reached my limit on the pandemic hair: it’s gotten so long I just accidentally …

: Coconut lime cake from Snacking Cakes. πŸ₯₯ The lime was pretty subtle, I could only taste it in the …

: Baked a pie with my u-pick apples πŸ₯§ Typed up my go-to apple crumb pie recipe so I can stop …

: Backyard finally installed! Should have just done this ten years ago instead of all my failed DIY …

: Big library haul today because my branch is closing for a month for repairs! Goal was lighthearted …

: Spent 6 hours driving to and from Eastern WA today for a memorial. Tired now! Happily it was a …

: Have spent six hours writing a blog post today…and it’s not done! Send help! πŸ˜‚

: Went apple picking with friends this morning! The honeycrisps were all picked out so we got cosmic …

: Brunch! I love croissants 😍

: Celebrated the equinox with an apple crisp 🍏 Added 1/16tsp cloves with the apples, and zest from …

: Got our boosters! πŸ’‰ They weren’t ready when we arrived so we popped across the street to check …

: My backyard is finally getting installed! Started on the design with Yardzen last October, signed …

: One of the reasons I try to do brunch a lot is Ingrid Fetell Lee’s writing on joy. “Over …

: One of the reasons I try to do brunch a lot is Ingrid Fetell Lee’s writing on joy. Over time …

: Today’s library haul πŸ“š Hey, I got a rainbow! 🌈 Psyched for Dr. Janega’s graphic medieval …

: Happy Labor Day! Thanks to the Labor movement, past and present, for fighting to protect workers ✊ …

: Making bad choices, eating brownies at 10:30 😎 Only had 1oz unsweetened chocolate so I used 2oz …

: Borrowed Snacking Cakes from the library and ordered a copy as soon as I finished flipping through πŸ˜‚ …

: Cheesecake bars, but with a Cornflake crust because I forgot to buy graham crackers πŸ˜‚ A little odd …

: Turned yesterday’s leftovers into Brunch #2, with the addition of a piece of french toast and …

: Brunch! Tried out Impossible Sausage. Very meaty, a little uncanny valley for both me, a …

: Lovely day for a walk by the river.

: Lemon blueberry bread - vegan recipe but I made it with dairy πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Decided to do today’s …

: Mmm, strawberry shortcake! πŸ“ Baked half and froze half, curious to see how well they’ll bake …

: Got grapes for the first time in a couple years, forgot how refreshing and delicious grapes can be! …

: Still life with basil Also I need to refinish my damn cast iron again πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

: It’s weird being on a medication that suppresses appetite – I’ll be fine, fine, …

: πŸ“š Rest of my library requests came in, mostly comics and social justice. Seeing this together, …

: Tried a new coffeecake recipe which promised - and delivered - more topping than cake πŸ˜‚ Subbed …

: Adapting to the jobless life Somehow I’m already in my third week since quitting work! Part of me still can’t believe …

: Upside down orange cake from Erin Alderson’s Easy Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook, which I like …

: Lemon poppy seed cake 🍰 Alas, not as delicious as I dreamed. I originally wanted to make an easy …

: I don’t recall my mom ever making a casserole when I was a kid, so I kinda forget …

: πŸ“š Today’s library haul is a bit random. Reading a lot of heavy stuff so tried to balance that …

: Trying to cook dinner more often now I don’t have an income πŸ˜‚ Stuffed portobello mushrooms and …

: Brunch! Strawberries finally went below $7 a package 😳 so I made my fav strawberry biscuits πŸ₯° …

: Date night with husband after a week of quarantining apart at home! Made pizza from pre-made …

: First unemployed weekday! Trying to treat this week as vacation before diving into the job hunt/ …

: Reading The Wake Up πŸ“š 30% in and liking it a lot - but feel white supremacy is an incomplete …

: A brunch kind of day 😊 Potatoes quick roasted in the toaster oven with eggs, leeks and spinach.

: I’m FREE!

: Felt like making cornbread, which meant I needed to make chili to go with. Pulling out ingredients …

: In Seattle it seems we go from sweats to shorts weather in about three days πŸ˜‚ Summer is here! 🌞🫠

: I recommend reading On Tyranny to wrap your head around how we can resist and endure. Build …

: Put in my two weeks’ notice today after 7+ years! Not sure what comes next but time for a …

: Ten years ago today, I posted my first article on my blog Cascadia Inspired! Since then I’ve …

: Peach cobbler! Added zest to the biscuit dough, went shy on the sugar in the filling.

: Apple blackberry crumble with lemon curd greek yogurt πŸ˜‹ Cut sugar in filling to 1/4c shy. Added 1/8t …

: First batch of strawberry biscuits for the year! Also made home fries for the first time in quite a …

: Rhodie is finally starting to bloom! Love watching the bees go to town.

: First night of vacation, and what do I do? Write a 2000 word blog post πŸ˜‚ Americans interested in …

: Officially ON VACATION for the next 17 days! πŸ™Œ Starting it off with a walk around the block in the …

: So, turns out I’m pretty upset about Roe vs Wade. Woke up at 3 this morning and couldn’t …

: Looking for comp titles Been reading lots of Kindle Unlimited books to try to find comp authors for my sci-fi romance book - …

: Front yard looking lush! May is probably its best time of year. My purple contorted filbert is …

: Do other people have a really hard time uploading pictures? It fails almost every time at least once …

: Ugh, these Finola tulips are too pretty 😍🌷

: Cat in sunlight 🐱🌞

: My camas is blooming! πŸ’œ Feels a little early but I think this is common camas versus great camas …

: Need something to distract from…everything, so I am biting the bullet on an idea I’ve …

: Spotted a trillium in the woods today! I usually miss the flower so always a treat to catch. 🀍

: “Chocolate snacking bread” is very chocolatey, as advertised πŸ‘ (perhaps a tad bitter …

: My usual breakfast lately, with the addition of asparagus 😍 My husband doesn’t like it so I …

: Skimming through this beautiful book as a design object this morning 😍 “WA: the essence of …

: Lol, the $50 bulb bed πŸ˜‚ Didn’t have the spoons to prep any soil last fall so I shoved …

: I may have gotten a little excited with the library requests πŸ˜… But most are art books and comics so …

: I’m usually a decent baker but having a lot of flubs lately. Made these biscuits. Despite …

: Bad idea at 11pm πŸ˜‹πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ (10 min prep listed = 40 for me?) Alton Brown’s flourless peanut butter …

: Nice visit to the beach in North Seattle yesterday. Grabbed pupusas from an El Salvadorean …

: Pancake day! πŸ₯ž

: Tried a new scone recipe today. Think I made the dough too wet πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Chocolate chip hazelnut for half …

: Small victories πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ Finally removed the itchy tag from a dress I bought in 2015. Getting out the seam …

: 🎡 Winding down the evening with tea and jazz. Put on Chelsea Bridge by Ben Webster & Gerry …

: Haven’t done a big brunch in a while! Smitten Kitchen blueberry crumb cake, eggs, veggie …

: πŸ“š Started reading Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food I doubt I’ll make …

: Finished reading Odd Apples, a photography book by William Mullan. 🍏🍎 Very much enjoyed! Heirloom …

: Made slow cooker pinto beans and Mexican rice for dinner! I have not had much success with the slow …

: Adulting badge for the day: getting husband’s old IRA rolled over into the 401k for his new …

: Yes!!! The WA legislature passed a bill to do away with “community councils” - one less …

: Currently reading Pastoral Song by James Rebanks πŸ“š Really enjoyed The Shepherd’s Life so …

: Starting Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook by Christopher Noxon πŸ“š I really like …

: πŸ“š Library haul! First pickup of the year. Psyched that my library just installed lockers for hold …

: New glasses day! Haha I ordered these in early December and they told me things were taking forever …

: Two years ago today we flew down to LA for an awesome vacation - hit the beach and the Getty Villa. …

: Lay in bed too late to bake, so I made pain perdu for brunch 🍳 I only like french toast made with …

: Ordered myself a stack of favorite albums on CD to listen to in the car 🎡 My husband says I’m …

: Been thinking about my listening habits and music library lately and was curious how many CDs I have …

: Maple pecan scones and eggs with leeks and chevre. Scones were a bit dry even with the glaze, I may …

: Spent the past two days transferring playlists from Spotify to Tidal 🎡 then went to cancel Spotify …

: My friend surprised me with a just because present, a print that harmonizes nicely with the art on …

: Greek yogurt apple streusel muffins today. Pretty good for a muffin with whole wheat flour. Batter …

: Blackberry coffee cake 🍳 Replaced topping with the one from Smitten Kitchen’s blueberry crumb …

: I’m facilitating a conversation about the intersection of offline and virtual life in a couple …

: New Year’s brunch! Roasted potatoes, strawberry biscuits, salad and a fried egg πŸ˜‹πŸ³ Finally got …

: Brunch! Croissant with scrambled eggs, roasted fingerling potatoes, salad and veggie sausage. 🍳 Had …

: πŸ“š Really excited to read Out of Office! Before the pandemic I hated working from home but I’m …

: Had fried eggs, roasted potatoes, salad and strawberry biscuits from the freezer for breakfast. Not …

: Got inspired by some recent posts about fountain pens to figure out what my hand-me-down vintage …

: Today I finally finished my novel rewrite! I’ve been working on it on and off for several …

: Made biscuits from The Food Lab today and am mad at how well they turned out because I had to …

: Just got my booster! πŸ’ͺ Went for the mix and match, we’ll see how I feel with Moderna 🀞 I …

: Two fun new inspiration books in the mail this week! πŸ“¦πŸ“š The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John …

: Excited to see Buy Nothing has an app now! It was the only thing on Facebook I regretted leaving …

: Attempted to make soft boiled eggs for the first time with instructions from The Food Lab… I …

: Yesterday’s brunch: sour cream coffee cake with pears. I didn’t have enough pecans so I …

: Been on the library wait list for this beast for months! Weighs like ten pounds. Not sure how to …

: Who else is doing NaNoWriMo this year? πŸ“ This will be my 11th time (with plenty of Rebel projects) - …

: Beautiful fall color at Kubota Garden today! I’ve read some about the family’s history …

: My rainbow wall 🌈 I saw the piece on the leftΒ onlineΒ immediately went to the artist’s website and …

: Made an apple crisp to celebrate fall! I love fall flavors πŸ˜‹

: Survived our mini backpacking trip! We had a perfect sunny afternoon, and woke up to a spattering of …

: Tomorrow’s mini adventure: teaching two gals how to backpack. Late in the season but forecast …

: Pumpkin patch with some friends this morning! Nice foggy ambience when we got there but it burned …

: Omelet, salad and (oops overbaked) strawberry biscuits from the freezer for Sunday brunch today. Had …

: Releasing myself from the burden of these recipes I’ve clipped over the last fifteen years and …

: Homegrown potatoes(!), fried egg and strawberry biscuit for Saturday brunch 🍳

: Gasp, I just realized it’s time to order bulbs! 🌷 The annual question of do I want to… …

: After getting off screens 2 hours before bed, I’ve been revisiting albums I loved in high …

: My latest brilliant idea (that I probably saw somewhere and have forgotten) is actually turning out …

: I did a smell comparison between my old vanilla and a new bottle I just bought and 😳 there is a HUGE …

: Labor Day breakfast: cream scones with strawberries and homemade creme fraiche (didn’t taste …

: We headed out to Port Townsend for a one night getaway. Surprisingly quick to get there. Caught …

: More comics and books on paper to help me follow through on getting off screens at 10pm πŸ“š

: Did a lunch date in Ballard yesterday, with a stop at the locks and Golden Gardens. Saw an osprey …

: Hired a landscape company to deal with my blackberry jungle and now it’s like scorched earth …

: Sourdough french toast, potatoes and a salad for brunch today. 🍳

: Haha, made banana bread this morning but didn’t follow my usual mise en place and forgot the …

: Started vacation with dutch apple pancakes (suggested by @Miraz) 🍏 Baked in a small cast iron and …

: At last! Vacation! Eleven whole days off 😍 I’ve been needing a break, last time off was …

: HR is approving my WFH request through October! Positive reinforcement that I should ask for what I …

: Mmm, got enough peaches and nectarines to make this fresh raw tart. Hadn’t made it in a few …

: Ugh, this week I’ve been trying not to use screens two hours before bed, including my Kindle, …

: πŸ€” This past week I took no-alarm naps on Saturday, Monday and today, all 1 hour and 7 minutes πŸ˜‚β±οΈ

: Did an awesome local date afternoon with DH - went to a new-to-us waterfront park for a dinner …

: Pleased with how my latest “sense memory” turned out, about a dayhike through the flower …

: I cooked dinner for the first time in a few months today: boxed mac and cheese with sauteed veggies. …

: Haven’t done brunch in a while! Used my u-pick blueberries in my fav Smitten Kitchen coffee …

: U-pick blueberries today! A heritage berry farm with bushes planted in the 40s - we picked Rubel, …

: Granting myself a Major Adulting Badge this week! Submitted a request to keep working from home. …

: WordPress users: how do you feel about the block editor these days? I use it on one site and classic …

: Today’s brunch: blueberry muffins and potatoes. Subbed buttermilk for yogurt, added nutmeg and …

: Library haul πŸ“š Five graphic novels and a nonfiction. Admit I feel a bit misled by the title Gorgeous …

: Spent a sunny afternoon at Padilla Bay. 8000 acres of eelgrass!

: Came back to this blueberry crumb cake for a third time. Realized I’ve been putting in half …

: Wanted something different for breakfast, made these strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes. Nice and …

: Sea holly is looking its best right now! Bees and other bugs are loving it too. 🌱 🐝

: Today’s library haul! Four comics, a cookbook and a photography art book πŸ₯°πŸ“š

: Oops, wore a new face sunscreen without testing it yesterday and my skin turned bright red ☹️ …

: Led a meditation for my coworkers at lunch today for the first time! I think it worked out all …

: Took a drive out to Eastern Washington today and hiked up this river a bit. Cool old growth forest, …

: Second library comics haul post-vax! A couple I’ve been looking forward to (They Called Us …

: Baked a poppyseed bundt cake tonight. New recipe - I would say too sweet. Usually I make it a rum …

: I’m practicing paying better attention to my actual preferences – what my body’s …

: Wandered through a lovely rhododendron garden today. Surprisingly few rhodies in bloom compared to …

: Went to a great exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum about how Japanese internment during WWII …

: I’ve been doing a fun newsletter this spring, picking an outdoor memory to share three photos …

: First library haul in a year! Been waiting till I was vaxxed. So excited for comics πŸ“š I prefer them …

: Fully vaxxed today! πŸ™Œ Easing in with a non-mealtime hangout with a couple friends this afternoon - …

: Saturday brunch: strawberry biscuits redux, fake home fries from leftover sweet potato fries, and …

: Neighbor described my yard as a jungle, he’s not wrong… πŸ˜‚ Maybe this will be the year …

: Took too long of a walk earlier and can’t summon the energy to bake, so I’m satisfying …

: Made black bean burgers for dinner. Flavor on these was good, but kinda goopy texture. The problem I …

: www.niemanlab.org/2021/05/i… At my old job, I brought in baked treats all the time, organized …

: Sunday brunch: tortilla baked eggs and homemade granola parfait. 🍳 Baked eggs were tasty! Might have …

: Second crop from my mushroom kit! First crop was accidental - I wasn’t ready to start it yet …

: Saturday brunch: my favorite strawberry biscuits, eggs with smoked salmon, and avocado. Usually add …

: Second shot πŸ’ͺ The 25 people in the waiting room are the most I’ve been around in a year!

: πŸ“š Devoured half of How Stella Learned to Talk yesterday. I don’t even have a dog but …

: Been joining in with the Indie Web lately, and am noodling on a mascot. Two ideas have come to the …

: Healthy-ish dessert: flourless granola cookies. Used all peanut butter, subbed half a banana for the …

: Learning to not covet my neighbor’s plants πŸ˜‚ Appreciating the brief spring flowers of …

: Saturday brunch: mushroom leek quiche and roasted potatoes and golden beets. Keeping frozen crusts …

: Stopped at an honor system roadside stand and got a tomato plant on my way home from my walk! πŸ… …

: I feel like I’ve given it a fair chance, but the new Spotify desktop interface sucks. Who …

: Today’s brunch: challah french toast, breakfast potatoes and golden beets, avo and a fried egg …

: Your periodic reminder to back up your files! Realized I was missing a whole vacation’s photos …

: Took a longer walk than usual and enjoyed some neighborhood flowers 🌸πŸ₯°

: Salmonberry 🌸

: Celebration sushi for our first shots! Thought I could be patient but someone linked me a …

: Happy accident: chose a matching palette of coffee table books to have out right now πŸ–€πŸ“š But also, I …

: Thanks to whatever gardener pruned this tree into a pleasing shape 20 years ago 🌸 Love to go by on …

: Pumpkin streusel muffins with cream cheese glaze for brunch today β™₯️ On the sweeter side with the …

: I realized recently how much I’ve accepted physical discomfort as part of professional life. …

: Made a moroccan inspired stew last night - fine and healthy but not worth an hour and a half of work …

: Hunting bumblebees through the window 🐝🐈

: Tulip becoming πŸ“· 🌷

: Native Pacific Northwest plants πŸ’šπŸŒ± I accidentally disturbed a hummingbird on the currant! Lots of …

: Tasty creamy mushroom pasta. Added red pepper flakes and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Subbed …

: Sword fern submerged in sorrel and strawberry 🌱

: Sword fern submerged by sorrel and strawberry 🌱

: Baked buttermilk cornbread with a new recipe, nothing special. I did 2T instead of 1/4c honey and it …

: Lightning, thunder and hailstorm here! Really close, less than one second between flash and boom for …

: Saturday brunch: fried eggs and potatoes, parsnips and carrots plus a (store bought) cinnamon roll …

: Spaced out on St Patrick’s Day but finally got around to making soda bread tonight πŸ˜‚ Subbed in …

: Caught the evening light after work πŸ™Œ Thanks Daylight Saving Time! Can we keep you? 🀞 C’mon …

: All the red flowering currant we planted in the Back 40 are starting to bloom! Our neighborhood …

: Last Day of My Insomnia Program Finished my fourth (and final) week of insomnia treatment (CBT-I). A whole month of 5 hours of sleep …

: Playing Masks tonight for the first time, being a Batman knockoff with evil parents. I’ve only …

: Forced myself to go outside and throw some seeds in the garden. Got some pretty pink lettuces it …

: Fluffy buttermilk pancakes for the first day of Spring!🍳 Blueberries for the first batch too πŸ₯°

: Hellebore in the rain πŸ“· 🌱

: Pulled out the watercolors to play with while hanging out on video chat. I was scared of adding in a …

: I should make crisp more often! So much easier than pie or even crumble. Good recipe, not too sweet, …

: Wasn’t up for making a pie for pi day but a crisp will do instead πŸ˜‰ Used some mystery apples …

: Somehow it’s been a month since I started my art project email newsletter! Sent my 4th weekly …

: Euphorbia is the best plant. I love it all year. πŸ“·

: Planted onion starts from a friend and strawberry plugs. Only found spots for 11 of the 25 …

: Saturday Brunch Blueberry crumb cake with spicy potatoes and fried eggs. Recipe had me mix the sugar and lemon zest …

: Started reading Discovering Dahlias by Erin Benzakein πŸ“š I pre-ordered and they included dahlia …

: I met up with a friend for the first time since last March. Besides one quick doorstep chat, the …

: Haha, I’ve been putting it off setting up SSL on my websites for like a year because it was …

: A sunny day in Seattle! 🌱

: Sunday Brunch Made my first breakfast casserole, a mashup of two recipes 6 eggs, 2/3c milk, shoulda skipped the …

: Crocuses! πŸ’› I love seeing all my bulbs come up as winter fades 🌱

: Saturday Brunch Baked cinnamon streusel oatmeal muffins and made yukon gold hash 🍳 Dense but still moist. Streusel …

: Decided to walk around the block for the first time in weeks. Immediately started hailing, so I took …

: Cat has discovered the heating pad 🐈