1) I very likely will never live in a big city again
2) Although Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks and the coffee craze, all the really good places served and promoted Stumptown Coffee
3) No matter how nice PACNW people are, if you cram them all into a city with lots of traffic and limited sidewalk space they are all kind of crappy to everyone else around them
4) I have finally come to accept that I like living in a 100 year old house, in a 100 year old town where everyone knows everyone elses name, has an awesome local coffee roaster, great bread baker, really beautiful with tons of places to walk and bike, very little traffic (knock on wood), and good local wine tasting every first Friday.
Basically, as much as I love Seattle and enjoy visiting, it ain’t all that.
I love line-dried laundry. The smell, the texture, the feel of fresh hung clothes. To walk between the lines on a hot afternoon and feel the coolness of sheets against my skin, the memories of running between the lines of sheets at my grandmother’s as a child. I love not using the dryer for months and months each year. I love opening the linen closet in February and happening upon a set of sheets or towels that smell like summer. I encourage anyone to use a clothesline; collapsable models ready to go, take up a 5×5 area and are under $50.
All whispered with a please, please, please let this be a better season than last. PLEASE.
mother, wife, organized, short, lover of fresh tomatoes and goat milk mozzarella, fan of black plants, and contemporary art.
One thing I am not is a cottage gardener. I’ve tried embracing a new path in the garden world with meandering paths, overly-voluptious planting areas, and a big, ununiform planting style. The end has come. I am embracing my inner-stodginess and am restructuring the garden this year. I love formal lines, linear paths, and the crisp clean edge of a formal garden. As I tell friends and clients alike, a garden is a journey, part of who you are at the time you are planting it and it reflects where you are in life at that particular time. So, I am embracing it. Wholely. Here is to an entirely new year full of new opportunities, paths, and weather.