Not Just a Tourist

The Market

If you’re one of the few people that actually read my site on a regular basis (Hi Mom!) you might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent lately. We’ll it’s been for a very good reason – I’m moving to Seattle! My husband, Jim, has taken a fantastic new job and we’re moving at the end of the month.

So starting on December 1st I’ll be blogging to you from the emerald city. I’ve only been once, last weekend, so I’ll have a lot of exploring to do. I’m looking forward to sharing this new adventure with all of you! In the meantime, feel free to peruse the handful of photos I took over the weekend in my future hometown.

Happy Halloween!

Jack-O-Lantern by KeriFlur, on Flickr

Have a safe and happy All Hallows Eve!

Only Today Does the Fire Burn Brightly

A log on the fire

Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
-Old Inuit Proverb

My copy of Widdershins arrived today. Widdershins, by Charles de Lint, is the sequel to The Onion Girl, which I read recently and loved. This quote was on the inside, next to the table of contents, and when I read it I felt my eyes fill with tears. I’m not quite sure why. I think there’s just something about living in the moment, remembering that today is the only reality that we have, that makes me feel nostalgic. It seems like that’s the opposite of the reaction I should have, I should want to seize the day, but instead I get a sense of how precious this very moment is, and a strange sadness that we never truly get to experience anything twice.

Let It Snow!


Yesterday morning it snowed, the first snowfall of the year. The temperatures plunged below zero, and in one night some trees dropped all their leaves in a panicked attempt to keep up with the temperature change. It was amazing to see the blankets of green leaves covering the grass and snow and gathering in the street. My planned trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum took on a new twist, as I had to gear up for winter hiking, but I got some nice shots of fall of color with a bit of snow on it.

It was my first trip to the arboretum, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a lot of fun tromping though the trails, making first tracks on the first snow of the season, photographing flowers and trees with little snow caps and catching droplets of snowmelt in the sunlight. We saw little waterfalls, quick-moving streams and even quicker-moving wild turkeys (maybe the snow made them think it was November). We got a little lost, but it was nice to just explore without having to worry about direction. We went where the interesting photos were and it worked out just fine.

It seems wild to me that only a few weeks ago I was eating at Lucia’s outside patio in a tank and shorts. Yesterday’s snow had melted by lunchtime, but we got some light flurries today, and tomorrow we’re expected to get up to a few inches of accumulation, so it looks like winter is here. For me, I’ve got a log burning in the fireplace and a whole chicken roasting in the oven. Winter, bring it on.

Turkey Overload

Turkey goodness

Chicken with mashed potatoes was my favorite meal as a child, followed by chicken with dumplings. Chicken pot pie came in as a close third. I took turkey sandwiches for lunch to school, and even to work for lunch as an adult. I am a self-admitted serious poultry junkie. My only regret at traveling for Thanksgiving has been that we can’t take more leftovers home.

Now, my love for poultry has met it’s match in our Thanksgiving turkey. Since Thanksgiving I’ve had a grand total of 2 non-breakfast meals that have not had turkey as the main ingredient. I can’t even count how many turkey snacks I’ve had. And we still have almost a full turkey breast, two wings and both drumsticks in the fridge. Jim hit his turkey wall pretty quick, but I’ve been pushing through, and now I think I’ve hit my wall. No more turkey. Not for a few days, at least.

Dinner tonight? Pizza. With chicken on it.