Saturday, June 28, 2014


Today our boy Wilder Lake completes his 4th trip around the sun!

Happy Birthday to you, you silly, wonderful, loving, sweet, imaginative little one!

I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year.  I'm looking forward to celebrating with your friends and family around a backyard campfire with s'mores and a fresh blueberry tart.

I think the wish Lake had of decorating for his birthday with a Christmas tree and the electric train is pretty great, and might be the start of a new tradition.  It's strange, but in a good way, to see those things displayed in the Summertime.  It's manipulating my relationship with the winter holiday automatics, assumptions, and traditions and making room for more of a sense of celebration, pleasure, and happiness.  Horray!

You are a bright star, little Lakey!  We love you!

Saturday, May 17, 2014


I drew a labyrinth in the street last night.  It took 4 full sticks of chalk.  We walked it many times yesterday and today.

It rained this evening, and you can just barely see the path.

Another lesson in impermanence.

I will surely draw it again.  And even wonder about painting it.  My neighbors would LOVE that.

I highly recommend you draw one too.

#regram from here.

Step by step pattern instructions here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flower power

This year seems such a promising one for our poppies.  Two blooms today, many more yet to pop.

Big, ruffly poppies, with center pods Calder affectionately calls "cupcakes."

I love love love these large-hearted flowers.

#regram from here.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

For the love of Oregon

More photos from our week roadtripping Oregon.  Surely there are a few choice pics still trapped in the lazy space between the laptop and the iPad, the camera and Instagram.  Ah well.

I can't get the Zumwalt Prairie out of my mind.  It felt really good to stand there and I can't wait to return.

Crooked River Ranch 

Smith Rock State Park (below and above)


Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument


Blue Basin, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument 

Oregon Trail National Interpretive Center, Baker City 

Life in a yurt, Wallowa Lake State Park

Lilacs in Imnaha Canyon 

Imnaha Canyon 

Looking south to the Wallowa Mountains from the edge of Zumwalt Prairie

Our route:  2 nights Tumalo SP, 1 night Prairie City, 1 night Baker City, 2 nights Wallowa Lake SP, 1 night Edgefield.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Roadtrip Oregon

Roadtrip Oregon is happening over at the relatively new Instagram site.  Check it out!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Working small

A sample of Calder's micro creations.  I really love them.

He's got a great eye.  Given a pile of LEGOs, I would never end up with the types of things he makes.  His little fingers finesse the pieces into small compositions with a personality, a grace, a randomness that becomes a beautiful, functional synthesis.  My mind is blown on a regular basis.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 27

Yesterday, making our way North.  Evening, around 5:45.

Today, heading back South.  Mid-day, around 1.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 25

My artist friend, Shannon, is taking a painting class.  The instructor suggested the students try an extra project collaborating with another artist, so Shannon asked me if I'd like to make something together.

We met today and spent a few hours working with painting and clay.

It was inspiring to see Shannon so willing to explore outside her comfort zone.  And I love the way what we are making draws on our strengths as well as techniques with which we're not as familiar.   I think when we're done, it's going to be pretty great.  The mystery, loss of control, and not knowing where this piece is headed makes it all the better.

** All photos by Shannon Finley **

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 24

Patching hand-me-downs.  Stitching stripes to stripes.

Repairing when and where I can is great especially when the clothes have made it this far.  Lake is the fourth kid to wear this shirt… Zutano clothes sure can last!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Month of Making :: February 23

From last night…

White Russians in honor of Gwynne Goldberg while watching the Kenny Werner Trio play at Jimmy Mak's in Portland.

And a few other things I didn't make, but really enjoyed eating/drinking:

Americano @ Heart
Meyer Lemon and Key Lime creme-filled @ Blue Star Donuts
Everything @ Wilder: Goat cheese stuffed Peppadew Peppers, Fried Cauliflower, The Burger, Fried Chicken w/ Parsnip+Potato mash and slaw, the Flourless Chocolate Cake, and the Honey Fern cocktail… all so so good!