Colin, our younger boys and I visited Mt. Hood last week. It's the first time I'd been back since I was a little girl, living on the mountain in our family gypsy wagon. What started as a plan to live there for a few weeks, as a part of a commune, turned into a long winter when the gypsy wagon became snowed in.
We played with old toy trucks and spent lots of time together - my brother, sister, and I. And they doted on me because I was the baby. We ate raw cloves of garlic, because our mom believed it made us stronger and resistant to sickness. And we liked it. And one time, my sister bit the head off a snake, probably because she was a garlic eating super girl. And sometime along the way, we began calling her Poomba Buckwheat - just because it sounded so cool.
It was good to go back to the woods.
I was touched by Holly's post yesterday on Decor8, talking about her move to a new country and finally finding her place in the world. I totally get that and love that we all have a place that's special for us, or is still out there for us to find. It made me reflect on an Andrew Wyeth exhibition my family and I went to see at the Seattle Art Museum recently. A quote of his moved me:
"I couldn't get any of this feeling without a very strong connection for a place. Really, I think one's art goes only as far and as deep as your love goes. I don't paint these hills around Chadds Ford because they are better than the hills somewhere else. It's that I was born here, lived here - things have meaning for me." ~Andrew Wyeth
Image above (Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth) via Wikipedia, is currently in the collection of the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.
Another summer boredom buster for the boys is the "Super Egg". Each of the boys takes an egg and decorates it, and then packages it up in the best way they can think of so that it can survive a big drop off the deck. If the egg doesn't break, it is THE "Super Egg". And Super Eggs are the most delicious of all!
Last week, we awoke to a rare cool and drizzly summer day. We'd been itching to visit Garnet Creek, about two and a half hours away in our neighboring state of Idaho. It's the only place besides India where you can find Star Garnets. So Bongo, Lukie and I decided it was finally time. And by golly, no garnets, no glory we decided. And we hit the open road. Twisting our way into Idaho and through St. Maries, which I love. Being the daughter of a logger, I can't help but feel welcome there!
And through the woods we went
And after a little hike, we arrived. Turns out, a little rain makes a whole lotta mess at Garnet Creek!
We slipped and slopped about and made a big huge mess. But what a time we had!
And at the end of the day, Lukie and Bongo both had bags of newfound treasures. And we couldn't have asked for anything more.
There was an estate sale in the heart of farm country this weekend. The sale was run by one of my favorite estate sale companies, Monarch. I really appreciate the descriptions they give in their advertisements because I know they're always accurate. They described this sale as a "digger", which means there will be a TON of things to "dig" for. My neighbor Michelle loves their sales as much as me, so we decided to go together. We also met up with her friend and business partner, Faith, and her daughter. We ran into the Junebug girls there too.
The house, barn, outbuilding, chicken coop, and tents were jammed full. Everything was for sale. The advertisement described thousands of yards of fabric, which was perfect for me, especially because we're working on a shoot at the end of the month and can always use a good assortment. (Plus, I've never met a fabric I didn't like). After a few hours, our trucks were jammed full. We stopped for lunch on the way home and I couldn't resist snapping a picture of the trucks with their loads.
You've heard lots about my prairie that I love. And we are so lucky to live in an area where prairies are found almost everywhere you go. Life on the prairie is good!
I love collecting cookbooks and it sounds like a lot of you do too! Since our book has been out, I've been approached by several women who have introduced themselves and told me about their collections. One woman told me about her collection of over 600! I love reading them like books. And if I get some tasty recipes, that's great too!
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