bigleaf maple

By myself, I could probably make it to the pond and back in maybe 20 minutes if I really hurried, but since Henry left for California, the kids and I have being collecting sap together each morning.¬†With my sap-collecting buddies, the same trip takes at least hour. There are always banana slugs to examine, rock […]



November 25, 2011 · 4 comments

                          I’m a naturally frugal kind of person. I drive a 10-year-old car, I haven’t been on a “real” (not visiting family) vacation in over four years, and I stare at price tags, agonizing over “Do I NEED that?” “Do I REALLY want […]


I was photographing cutting boards to list in my Etsy shop earlier today when I came across this big, beautiful board. It’s large (18 1/2″ x 12″ x 1 7/8″) and completely covered in wildly figured grain patterns. Unfortunately, it also has some issues in the form of several cracks entering from the edges and […]


Around our place, Henry’s projects are often multi-purpose because he keeps both ecology and utility in mind. In this case, he’s attempting to provide good habitat for birds and bugs, allow his prized coast redwoods to grow as fast and as well as possible, and put food on the table.