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Bee Nerdy With Me!

So as not to bore all of you who read this blog for juicy insights into my innermost thoughts, I have started a second blog to follow my beekeeping journey. A bonefide place for geeky beekeepers to talk about best practices, research, gear and the fun of backyard beekeeping. So, make your way over to … Continue reading

Please Tax Me!

Please Tax Me!

Today, after enduring a totally unsatisfactory interpretation of the Frog Prince, my little ones and I decided to make the most of the 50 degree weather by bird watching along the Marsh Island/Foster Island trail. My intrepid explorers gleefully ran along the trial ahead of me through mud and puddles, counting benches and observation platforms … Continue reading

Not a dog person

I am like a magnet for dog poop. I swear. It doesn’t matter where I am or how carefully I think I am watching the ground, the stuff flies through the space time continuum to plant itself exactly under the heel of my shoe just as I step down. It happened again today as I … Continue reading

Pollination Infatuation

I’m a little infatuated with pollinators. A few years back I attended the Bioneers Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area and began to learn about pollinators. Sure I knew about bees and butterflies, but I had never really considered that hummingbirds and bats might be pollinating right in my own backyard. As soon as … Continue reading

The Mess That is the Pacific Gyre

A couple of years back, I ditched the kids (read: left them with Dave) to walk up and down the thousand staircases built into the hilly neighborhoods of Seattle to convince my fellow Seattleites to support the proposed plastic bag ban. At this time I still had a nursing baby and I was barely sleeping … Continue reading

Walking Home

Today I took my son to the ballet to see Don Quixote. As is typical for the PNB, it was a terrific performance with costumes and sets so spectacular that they drew an audible “oooo” from the audience. We took the bus, as we usually do when we go to Seattle Center. You can’t ask … Continue reading

The apple doesn’t fall far…

My fascination with swear words and insults apparently dates back a few decades. My father still loves to recount the story of my younger sister’s baptism, when I, as a three year old child, shocked the church ladies by cussing out my comfort-blanket. “God damn blanket!” I reportedly shouted, after tripping on it. I imagine … Continue reading

Snow and a Sense of Entitlement

Every few years, Seattle gets a BIG SNOW. This year is one of them, and our fair city and its environs received between 6 inches and 2 feet of the white stuff this week. Followed by an ice storm. Fun! When this happens, the city shuts down. Predictably people on the East Coast snort with … Continue reading