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  • Mystery vegetables from volunteer plants
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. I haven’t been as vigilant with the garden as I usually am, which means loads of volunteer plants and lots of mystery vegetables…

  • Collecting calendula seeds and fresh eggs from the garden
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. Collecting calendula seeds and fresh eggs from the garden. One of the new hens has started laying those beautiful brown eggs, but as…

  • Tumalo Falls in Bend, Oregon
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. After a handful of trips to Bend, Oregon, these last few years, we finally made it to Tumalo Falls! Not a bad way…

  • The first egg from the new flock
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    Home, Briefly

    What a month. What. a. month! It went something like this: Week one, traipse through the snow in Tahoe. (Have you seen the video of my baby snowboarding in Tahoe Donner? Twelve…

  • Asia-bound!
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    Asia-Bound!

    Above: My last trip to Vietnam in 2008. By the time you read this, I’ll have flown across the Pacific and be sitting in a Vietnamese sidewalk cafe, drinking an ice-cold glass…

  • First strawberries of the season
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. The first strawberries of the season. I wish I could tell you how scrumptious they were, but by the time I went back…

  • My little garden helper
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. She’s gone rafting and camping, but she’s never been wetter or dirtier than after a day of “helping” me in the garden. This…

  • First apple blossoms of spring
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    Five Things Friday

    The five little things that made my week… 1. Spring starts much earlier in Southern California than most parts of the country, but a sure sign of the change of seasons for…