50 Shades of Green

Sunday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and the official change from spring into summer. Although humans have been locked down in various stages over the past year, Mother Nature was never under quarantine. Spring in the Pacific Northwest is a riot of color as almost every bush, and, many trees,…

Say What?

One of the most divisive and political issues that has come out of the pandemic has been the wearing of masks. For some reason, the mask mandate was seen by many as an infringement of their freedom which always confused me. In my mind, the freedom to stay healthy by not catching a virulent virus…

Frozen 2.0

Last week I was on a video chat with my brother when I froze on the screen and stayed frozen for the rest of the conversation. It got me thinking that of everything we have experienced in the past year, this was one of the most indicative of our current lives and workplace. In the…

August Moon

One of my favorite songs mourning the end of the summer is Don Henley’s classic 1984 anthem, The Boys of Summer (check it out here ). Every time I hear it I have California memories of dark, tanned skin, convertibles, Pacific Ocean waves, and Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. Summer love. The beach at night, bonfires lighting…

Weeds in the Outfield

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through summer as July comes to a close and we welcome August, almost 6 months into the pandemic. Summer is very peculiar this year. The sun is still the same, the hot weather is beautiful, the desire for cold drinks and cool clothes dominate each day,…

Bees in the Lavender

Two weeks ago we lost our beloved cat, Archie. He was elderly by all standards, 19, ancient for a cat. He had been with us since he was 3 months old when we adopted each other and we definitely feel his loss and his absence. I miss his weight in my lap as I read…