Bird Sanctuary

Last week, my daughter and I visited family in British Columbia, so the cousins could finally meet each other. It was a joy to watch our sweet girls holding hands and playing together, and to witness the beginning of their long-distance friendship.

Luckily for me, this side of our family loves nature as much as I do, so they took us on a few road-trips to see some local sights. Reifel Island Bird Sanctuary was the first place we went to. It is similar to some of our local parks except it is surrounded by mountain views, and there is almost always a Bald Eagle soaring overhead. There were a lot of familiar birds- Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, and Red-Winged Blackbirds- but also some I had never seen, like the Sandhill Cranes that nest on the west coast.

wood duck MF 2Wood Ducks

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Bald Eagle

Canada Geese

swallow box

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Sandhill Cranes
and Red-Winged Blackbird

The weather was could not have been more perfect while we were in B.C., and I am grateful to have soaked up so much sunshine! A special thank-you to my sister-in-law, a beautiful soul who somehow knew exactly what kind of holiday I needed! xoxo


First flowers

Aren’t the “little things” really the most important?


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I took these photos a few weeks ago. For me, the first signs of spring are the swaths of scilla on the lawns of the Experimental farm. So perfect and tiny, arriving just in time for us not to lose hope that warmer days are coming. More flowers have opened up since then; cherry blossoms, lilacs, tulips. For the next few months, I will be soaking it all up with my little girl and my camera.




beehive windchime

Last week I assembled the wind chime that I made in pottery class. I wanted to make a buttery yellow beehive with lots of honeycomb patterning. I rushed through making the large daffodil bell, and wasn’t crazy about it, so I spent more time and care making another one in the next class. Turns out they work better together! The honeycomb ‘coins’ sounded like dull plastic when they clinked together. They needed to be part of a bell to truly make them ring. As I put it together, my husband and I kept laughing; it jingled comically and incessantly every time I handled it. The wind has a gentler touch!

windchime assembled

Now I just need to find a place to hang it safely outside.


What it’s like

I recently read this article about what it’s like to be a creative person. Most of the information was not new to me, but reading it in list form made my head spin. I related to every point: having a mind that never slows down, difficulty staying on task, needing space to create. Check, check, check.

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by this. To sum it up, all the things I want to make far exceed the amount of time, space, energy and money that I have available. I know I’m not alone in this dilemma. Taking care of my family is my main priority but I do need to take care of myself as well! I’m trying to enact a solution but it has been hard to make an encouraging amount of progress. I’ll get there soon I hope!


knitting kitchen table

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