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The Most Wonderful Time of Year ๐ŸŒž โžก๏ธ ๐ŸŒง

The Most Wonderful Time of Year ๐ŸŒž โžก๏ธ ๐ŸŒง

I plan on the transition each year, and for now, I wait and watch for signs of change. The weather models are unsure of what will happen. Itโ€™s like the dry PNW summer is battling the north pacific currents trying to push into Washington for the winter. Forecasts this time of year often say there is a 58% chance of rain, which is frustratingly noncommittal. They might as well admit they have no idea.

Roots

Roots

Part of what has gripped me about the garden is the combination of permanence and change. The sumac tree may be here in twenty years, but it will have changed constantly in that time. Every day, I can inspect it and notice the little things. I can see it in different colors as the seasons change.ย 

Smart Rowing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Smart Rowing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

The Hydrow machine arrived eleven weeks ago and the results are in: Iโ€™ve found my exercise. Since it arrived, Iโ€™ve used the rowing machine at least 5 days a week and the Hydrow app even more. For the first time in my life, I actually look forward to workouts and feel confident that Iโ€™ll continue to do so. Itโ€™s become a habit.

Permanence and Permaculture ๐Ÿฆ†

Permanence and Permaculture ๐Ÿฆ†

That evening the rain arrived on time and I heard the now-familiar pitter-patter of it on our skylights and metal roof. I had been anticipating it all summer and wondered how the rain would sound, especially at night when itโ€™s time to sleep. Listening that night, I thought about permanence and entropy. Try as we might to establish wetlands, gardens, and homes to be permanent, the universe eventually has its way with human projects.

Lee Night ๐Ÿฅƒ ๐Ÿ›ณ ๐Ÿฆฎ

Lee Night ๐Ÿฅƒ ๐Ÿ›ณ ๐Ÿฆฎ

The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. Sachiโ€™s parents arrived on the red-eye from Hawaii and she went down for a quick overnight trip to pick them up. This set me up for my first โ€œLeeโ€ night (a night alone) in the new house. This...

I Can Recommend… Meat Thermometer Edition

I Can Recommend… Meat Thermometer Edition

I realize some may scoff at the use of a thermometer when a "real" chef can just feel when meat is up to temperature. I prefer data. I use meat thermometers near the end of the cooking process and place the probe into the meat and leave it there until it reaches...

The Time Between Glass and Mirror ๐ŸชŸ๐Ÿชž

The Time Between Glass and Mirror ๐ŸชŸ๐Ÿชž

I soon came to appreciate the glass wall as a feature of the house that exists in multiple states. During the day, it disappears and reveals a view over the Salish Sea, as it was designed to do. But at night, when darkness hides the view, the glass becomes a mirror to the interior. One minute you’re looking at the water, another you’re looking at yourself. I think of this as the time between glass and mirror.

SMASHBURGER! ๐Ÿ”

SMASHBURGER! ๐Ÿ”

Every once in a while, you come across a dish that seems to defy the laws of cuisine; something so simple that it has no right to be as good as it is. The dish I’m referring to now is SMASHBURGER! (Yes, I’m yelling, it’s required.)

I Can Recommend: 2-8-21 โœ…

I Can Recommend: 2-8-21 โœ…

The recommendations below also appeared in my weekly newsletter: Ready for Rain, Issue #92 - Hibernating in the PNW The theme for this week's recommendations: school girl comedies and con artists. Derry Girls (Netflix) - A comedy about Catholic school teenagers in...