• DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

    We spent a lovely day yesterday hiking in the mountains. The sky was brilliant blue and the air warm, the hills were covered with new green growth and masses of colorful wildflowers. When we got to the 40ft or so waterfall, some of us – who were brave enough –

  • EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES

     If thou canst but thither, There grows the flower of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. ~ Henry Vaughn ~ After a long absence of new photos, I finally had the time to upload some to ourPHOTO GALLERY. There are quite a lot ofNEW PICTURES,

  • EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES

     If thou canst but thither, There grows the flower of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. ~ Henry Vaughn ~ After a long absence of new photos, I finally had the time to upload some to ourPHOTO GALLERY. There are quite a lot ofNEW PICTURES,

  • UNSCHOOLING

    Cassidy among the flowers “To teach a child to milk a cow, or make butter or cheese: to ride a horse or to swim, to shoot or to fish, to knit or to sew. To give them a little of a childhood amongst butterfly meadows and shady trees. To roam

  • THE LONG & WINDING ROAD

    Wherever we live, we should start to do something. We can start first by decreasing our energy consumption–you can actually live on 40% of the energy you are now using without sacrificing anything of value. We can re-fit our houses for energy efficiency. We can cut our vehicle use by

  • THE LONG & WINDING ROAD

    Wherever we live, we should start to do something. We can start first by decreasing our energy consumption–you can actually live on 40% of the energy you are now using without sacrificing anything of value. We can re-fit our houses for energy efficiency. We can cut our vehicle use by

  • JOLTIN' JOE

    Dropped in to our new local Starbucks down the street for some coffee grounds… and it was our lucky day! Usually we come too late and find that someone has already been there to pick the grounds up…    We brought  home a huge bag and added somegrounds to our

  • JOLTIN’ JOE

    Dropped in to our new local Starbucks down the street for some coffee grounds… and it was our lucky day! Usually we come too late and find that someone has already been there to pick the grounds up…    We brought  home a huge bag and added somegrounds to our

  • SOAP OPERA

    … continues The handmilled soaps are finally cured and have started selling them to friends. I still would like to improve them some, but these bars are soooo much better than my firsts! Yikes! Don’t really feel being chatty today or posting much… the news is so depressing. Just thinking

  • TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

    We spent a lovely afternoon hiking in the San Gabriel mountains yesterday. But, as we enjoyed a pleasant hike in the natural beauty of our local mountains, one had to remember that there was a conflict going on in the world and that people were dying. Our thoughts and prayers