• Mental Horizons,  Random

    Finding Community

    “What do you think it will take for Geoff to want to move here?” a good friend asked me. We were sitting in a covered area next to a brewery at a picnic table finishing up the french fries the kids had left in their rush to get back to climbing trees. Even Skye was running around, following the older kids to the tree and circling the bottom, observing how they climbed. It was a fair question. I knew I loved the area and, if we had to quasi-settle, it would be where I chose, but it also needed to be somewhere Geoff would love, too. My answer, finally, came…

  • Fashion

    A Olive Capsule Wardrobe

    Traveling around southern California this fall and the southeast U.S. this winter has really made me hone what I carry. While I was always a huge fan of the capsule wardrobe concept on the boat, I had a locker full of clothes, a drawer full of little things, and a whole shelf with books and jewelry. This many not sound like a lot, but trust me, when it came time to load it all into a single suitcase that met the weight restrictions for a cross-country flight, it was too much. Inspired by an image (right) I pinned four different times to different boards on Pinterest, I wanted to put…

  • Food & Beauty

    Rosewater

    I was never a huge fan of rosewater, mainly because it seemed frivolous, until I started making my own. Now I know how incredibly useful it is, as well as easy to make at home. I have a pot simmering on the stove right now full of rose petals and a huge jar cooling on the counter of the batches already made and waiting to be put into cute jars to hand out to friends. “Who brought you roses?” Geoff is eyeballing the roses in the sink, savvy enough to spot red roses, but a little confused as to why their stems have been removed and they’re rinsing in a…