Tag: Oregon

Urban Foraging*

It turns out that the decorative purple leaf plum trees in our front yard yield a fruit called a cherry plum. Gabriel, in his infinite chef wisdom, burst into my room the other day and said “Mom. We need to jam these plums.” Then he rallied Ross from next door and they picked 5 lbs. After I said Yes, we should jam them! I … Read More Urban Foraging*

Let’s Talk Turkey

You probably noticed that last week, my town was trending on Facebook—trending #1, in fact. For the SECOND time this year. The first time was when a Facebook post by our local police department went viral. I don’t know who writes the crime updates, but they are Freakin’. Hilarious. Right now, they have this whole thing going about wearing other people’s pants (OPP). You … Read More Let’s Talk Turkey

Free Range Christmas Trees

“Let’s get a tree!” I said. Shea looked at me warily. “Same place as last year?” “No! For five bucks we can cut it down ourselves out in the woods. Just think of it, honey! A FREE RANGE Christmas tree!” Saturday we were out the door by 9:15 am. Saw? Check. Permit? Check. Rope? Check. Coat for Annie? Not so much. Although we didn’t … Read More Free Range Christmas Trees

Summer Boom

Back in California, we had summer thunderstorms. But nothin’ like what happened on Tuesday. If we lived somewhere flat, I’d have been huddling in the cellar. Because there is no that the sky can be these colors without mayhem following. Sustained wind at 40 mph? Blowing all the newly mown field grass and dirt up the street? Up to 100 lightning strikes per hour? … Read More Summer Boom

My Thumb is Chartreuse

The awesome news is that we have garden beds: The less awesome news is that for four straight nights, and after a robust imitation of Spring that caused all the trees to bud, we’ve had frost. Good thing I didn’t transplant my sprouts. Here they are, these precious babies that I planted six weeks ago: Don’t ask me what they are, though. When I … Read More My Thumb is Chartreuse

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