Welcome to this collection of thoughts and ideas I’m compiling as I craft a somewhat different life in retirement from the one I had as a full-time graphic designer working in the world of not-for-profits. The overarching theme of this website is sustainability in personal life. It’s a space where I can explore pursuits that fascinate me. If they fascinate you too, I’m delighted that we can spend some time together.

Like all personal odysseys, I expect this one will shift and morph. You may find my posts hovering over a topic for a while, and then darting off to look at something different that catches my eye. The changing seasons will drive the content too. Even so, I have no doubt that clear themes will emerge over time.

If I had to summarize in one short thought, it would be: “Now this is something I want to remember! I’d better write it down. ”

Enjoy!

Sharing the Bounty

Gardening and foraging result in staggering abundance. Keeping pace with the harvest barely leaves me time to catch my breath, in a wonderful way, of course. Finally, sometime in winter, there is a lull and a little free time to get creative with all the treasure we...

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Pumpkin Chutneys

I didn't grow up with chutneys so this feels like an exotic food adventure. I like the idea of a spicy and savory sweet since, in our household, we are doing our best to avoid sugary foods. I also like yet another way to use pumpkin. These chutneys can be made after...

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Bushfire Salts

Every summer we grow a variety of hot peppers and dry them for our gift-giving projects. This is a craft, not a business, which means it's okay that no two years ever produce the same blends. Here are the finishing salts we created for 2018. BushFire Allium Hot Salt...

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Fermented Pepper Sauce

For storage, we mostly dry or ferment our hot peppers. The dried ones go into salts, and the pureed, fermented peppers become this delicious condiment. Really hot peppers instantly give me hiccups. The first time I made this recipe, the puree on hand was Basket of...

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Sauerkraut

In the past decade, there has been a rising tide of research and resultant knowledge about the human microbiome. Probiotics are becoming as commonly familiar as antibiotics have been in our lifetime. The good news is that probiotics are freely available and easy to...

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Decoration Serendipity

I love wild, beautiful and free!  Last summer, I spotted this abandoned decorative birdhouse. Its previous owner had had enough compassion to leave it beside the dumpster where it might be found by someone like me.  I guess they couldn't bear the finality of tossing...

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Spruce Tip Shortbread

Delicious baking is a family tradition and a big part of any celebration. My personal challenge is that my efforts at baked goods made without wheat, milk products or eggs are hardly worth the effort. When I discovered this wonderful shortbread, I came out of my...

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Tapestry 3-2

Food and nutrition ... We are in the midst of a heavy rainfall warning, so we had an indoors day. We’ll miss our nature walk, but this gives us more time to work with foods and crafts. We started in on lunch preparation right away. First we talked about how plants...

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Tapestry 3-1

Photo above: listening to bird talkFood and Nutrition ...Another gorgeous November day set the tone for our outing. Since our morning had a late start, we went right away to the garden to gather greens for our lunchtime salad. As anticipated, we found plenty of...

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