Our first forecasted temps in the 30s will be tonight. So I harvested the rosemary. Michael made a tripod so I can cover it through the winter months.

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to: The Trials of Apollo 1

What I’m doing: still learning Welsh, still working on my church project, finally enjoying some autumn weather





Autumn has truly arrived with much cooler (and very welcome) temperatures. Time for the closet swap out. My chief goal this year is to create comfortable outfits.

  • 9 colorful long-sleeve tops (red, orange, white, green, dark green, blue, navy, purple, and black)
  • 4 pants (2 black, 2 jeans)
  • 3 cotton zip up cardigans
  • 1 black dress + 1 denim skirt
  • red plaid scarf
  • black jacket
  • red peacoat (nicer) + blue winter coat (for farm/walking/hiking/quick trips when it is really cold — not in the picture)
  • Keens: black wool and brown leather
  • Trainers: Nike Free Run
  • I am still looking for the perfect pair of long boots to wear with the dress. Alas this is my 2nd year searching.
  • Totebag: in which I carry a smaller Tom Bihn purse, waterbottle, and grocery bag.
  • Purse: hmm  . . . You can’t see it in the picture, but I also have a black leather wristlet/wallet for dress-up.


From Braiding Sweetgrass: . . . Until we can grieve for our planet we cannot love it — grieving is a sign of spiritual health. But it is not enough to weep for our lost landscapes; we have to put our hands in the earth to make ourselves whole again. Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.

I choose joy so I plant acorns and hope they grow into trees.

I choose joy so I plant trees in an effort to reforest our Idlewild farm.

I choose joy so I plant a small, intensive garden so that the wild things can enjoy the rest of the space.

I choose joy so I fence in the front yard so that Jasper may run and romp, but not hurt or hunt the wild things that live beyond the fence.

I choose joy . . .

I choose wonder . . .

I choose gratitude . . .

Yeoman Duffel

My backpack died. It wasn’t even a slow death. It was go on a trip, come home and think “Well, that might need to be replaced before too long,” to packing for a trip and the seams blew out.

I did what I always do when something (like luggage) needs to be replaced. I went to the Tom Bihn on-line store. I decided to go with a small-ish, 17 liter, duffel bag instead of a backpack.  Backpack sizing is tricky for me since I’m so short, um err . . . petite. When the seams blew out, I borrowed Hannah’s duffel bag for that trip and really loved the horizontal packing. It felt right. It felt good.

I ended up with the Yeoman Duffel Mini in Verde 1050 ballistic fabric.

  • External Dimensions: 17.3” (w) x 7.7” (h) x 9.3” (d)
  • Weight: 14.8 oz
  • Volume: 1050 cubic inches / 17 liters

Into the bag I was able to pack:

  • Specter Small Cube: 3 shirts, 1 pair pants, 3 underwear
  • Specter Quarter Cube: PJs, 2 pair socks, bra
  • Specter Quarter Cube: cardigan
  • 3-1-1 bag: all my toiletries
  • Tech bag: phone stand, charger, earbuds, extra fountain pen cartridges, pencil, colored pencils, pencil sharpener
  • Blanket-in-a-bag (very lightweight)
  • Even a pair of spare shoes (that in the end, I left home)

It was very easy to carry and I never worried that the ballistic fabric would snag or tear. It stores in a travel sized pillow case along with all the packing cubes, kit bags, and the blanket.

In my zip-top shopping bag I carried:

  • My purse which includes: my iPhone 7, my wallet, glass case (I alternated between sunglasses and regular glasses in there), and my utensils-to-go kit.
  • My waterbottle (I took the Brita bottle so I could have filtered water.)
  • The book I am reading (Braiding Sweetgrass)
  • My passport size journal + fountain pen
  • My Welsh spiral notebook


What I’m reading: Braiding Sweetgrass, A Canticle for Liebowitz

What I’m listening to: UpFirst, The Blood of Olympus (Percy Jackson),

What I’m working on: Eco-Living Project for home and for church, Igniting the Flame last 3 units.


Begin again. . .



You know how life goes along, steadily, slowly, comfortably, and then out of the blue all sorts of challenges come up? You know how you wonder if you have the strength to muddle through? You know how you cling to hope?

Yep. Going through it now. Growing it through it — I hope.

It got me thinking about my constants — ie: the things that are steadfast in my life and how they help shape me, protect me from “blowing in the wind”, and help me love others better.

Here is a bullet list of my constants.

  • Simple mornings: greet the morning, Laud (+ Psalms + Gospel reading), walk, breakfast.
  • Do something: house chores, farm chores, animal chores
  • Learn something: Welsh, non-fiction reading, work on a project
  • Downshifting: fiction reading, meditation, color, knit, crochet
  • Family first evenings + Vespers
  • Sleep transition: gratitudes, face, teeth, candle, audiobook and compline

That seems to be it. It doesn’t look much. I like how the day is wrapped in prayer and  gratitude. I’m learning the art of doing less but doing it better.

I’ve decided to limit my screen time in October to under an hour a day. This won’t include UpFirst podcast for my daily news, my morning IG photo from my daily walk, or my Welsh learning programs.  It will include: email, texts, surfing, IG (other than to post my daily shot), blog reading, and tv.

Instead I will walk the yard more often, daydream more often, slowly absorb a good book, color more, write more, knit/crochet more, talk more (even if it is just to Jasper), and feel more.


What I’m reading: Braiding Sweetgrass, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight (repeat), A Canticle for Liebowitz

What I’m listening to: UpFirst podcast, The House of Hades (audiobook), the wind rustling the sycamore leaves as they fall, and Welsh

What I’m working on : Eco-theology gap/grant for my parish, garden wrap-up for the season, and feasibility of repeating the 90% project


Ginger Beer

Start your ginger bug/starter by combining 1 1/4 c filtered water, 1 TBSN grated ginger and 1 TBSN sugar in a jar. Stir well and cover with a cloth.


Every day for the next 4-5 days feed the bug another tablespoon of ginger and sugar.

When the bug is fizzy, smells yeasty, and has a fine sediment layer of white on the bottom of the jar it is time to make the ginger beer.

Cut a large piece of ginger into small pieces and boil with 3 cups of water for 5 minutes, then let simmer for 20 minutes. Let sit until completely cool then strain out the ginger pieces.


Next put 1 cup sugar and 7 cups filtered water into the ginger water you just made. Stir it really well.

Strain your ginger bug and put all the liquid into your ginger water/sugar mix. Stir well.


Pour into clean bottles and let sit. Each day I open the bottles to release the carbon dioxide. After 2-3 days the bottles can go in the fridge.