Word Quilt

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

close up photo of brown bird

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 […]

low angle photography of flock of flying gulls

Parenting Pains

Everyone talks about growing pains, but what about the process of pain in parenthood? This past week was a bit of a mental struggle for me. I realized my kids don’t need me anymore. They have truly flown. With introspect, I realize the desire to be needed is a bit strong in me. Probably not […]


WordPress.com Truly Cares

The other day I read a post on companies’ policies on time off, and they highlighted Automattic (the company I work for — ). It said: At Automattic, time off is unlimited. To be sure vacation days get used, we recommend that folks take at least a minimum of 25 days off every year … […]

Pea Soup in the InstaPot

Vegetarian Pea Soup

I’m a huge fan of AllRecipes.com. Sometimes I find myself merging a few recipes I find there to create my own concoction. Then I get frustrated when I forget what I did so I decided to blog some of my favorites — the way I like them.

Enjoying beautiful flowers by the ski slope

Fancy Flowers

I don’t garden at all. But I do love walking around and seeing flowers. Often I head out after work for fresh air, a view of the mountain and a leg stretch. The mountain was hiding in a fog, but the base was clear. This is what I viewed along the path… Even the children’s […]

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Serious Stuff

One of the pitfalls of social media is that often only the good stuff is shown. I try to be real in my blog, but another factor in posting things online is privacy. So sometimes things happen, and we can’t write about them. At least at the time. That happened to me. Now I have […]

Natural Bridge State Park

Don’t you love when you find a hidden treasure right in your backyard? That’s how it felt when we enjoyed an afternoon with our friend, Jackie. She took us exploring and introduced us to Natural Bridge State Park. Chris met Jackie last winter when they shared a lift together. She is an artist who makes […]

Posting Process

What is yours? I started a draft of a post for this topic almost a year ago then ditched it to focus on other things. Today I was showing someone how to create blog posts and shared my process. I’m curious to hear what other bloggers do. (If you don’t mind taking a few minutes […]


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