Word Quilt

I don’t sew, but I write — patching together pieces of my life.

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Appreciation in Big and Small Ways (that are also big)

Seven years and one month today. That’s how long I’ve worked for Automattic, helping people using WordPress.com create sites, e-commerce stores and enjoy app usage, etc. Every day I still wake up, excited that I get to work. And you know what? The company appreciates me, too. I just finished reading the book 365 Thank […]

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Our Star was a Star

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan Around […]

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Squirrel !

If you are a fan of the Pixar movie UP, then you totally get that title. It seems Chris and I have become adopted as squirrel buddies. We have enjoyed the squirrel antics outside our window for a few years now. But one has decided it likes watching our antics, too. We usually have our […]

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Mountain Biking at Deer Valley

My last full day in Utah was a treasure of a day. CJ and Lauren had given me a pass for Deer Valley, and Zeb procured a mountain bike for me 🙂 It was Zeb’s day off work so he and Shiloh accompanied me. Last Friday I woke up to have breakfast with my adorable […]

Miraculous Maeva

The last few weeks have felt like a massive roller coaster ride. As you know from a few of my previous posts, our latest grandchild had a tumor. The surgeons decided to wait until she was at around 36 weeks gestation before bringing her into the world using a cesarean section delivery. We were keeping […]

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Bloggers from Different Angles

This is a fun thing. My aunt is an amazing writer and a gift to the blogosphere. Before that she typed out communications and her takes on daily life for the entertainment of our family. She is truly a gifted person. My uncle saved her old letters, and now she is putting them on her […]

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Tough Decisions

And I wouldn’t mind your tips, dear readers. If you had a few extra hours in your day, and needed to get off your duff, away from monitors and aren’t particularly talented in art, cooking or any endeavors requiring coordination, what would you do? Topic jump. I made two extremely traumatizing decisions (for me) this […]

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Identifying Bird Friends

There’s a bird I hear that brings me great joy. I seem to associate its call with warm days in the spring as I sun myself on slow ski lifts and watch the winter melt-off. I was sure it was a Phoebe. But when I went to share the sound and information on the bird […]

Mushroom Magic

The weather this year is crazy. While they are having drought conditions in the western part of the US, here in the east it barely stops raining. Last Friday Chris and I went for a walk up the mountain, using the mountain bike trails, and we were treated to amazing visuals. The wet earth drew […]


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