Season of the Dragonflies

When I’m in need for deliverance from the daily grind, I stop to consider the season. Yes, California does indeed have seasons. It’s not simply summer all year long, with a few cooler nights and mornings in the months when everyone else  across The United States is experiencing true winter. Our seasons are marked by…

The Promise of Perseus

I was skeptical that the flying stars of the Perseids meteor shower would be visible in our cosmopolitan skies, but my skepticism was balanced with hope inspired by the photos I had seen of Perseids past. If ever there is a good time to see the Milky Way, at the very least, it would be…

The America Where Time Stands Still

It is just about impossible for my family to stick to the norm. When you go to, or through, Arizona, you will go to the Grand Canyon, or Monument Valley, or Sedona. My family? None of the above. We visited a reservation that had the residents baffled at the presence of foreigners. On our way…

Peach Upside Down Cake

It’s an hour before time to break fast, and I figured I’d try out an application I just installed onto my phone. The app is Catch Notes and rather than type out nonsense as I am typically wont to do when trying out writing-oriented apps, I decided to do something useful instead: write out a…

Day Fifty Four

Yesterday’s snow came with a lot of wind, resulting in four lanes of highway being unusable for the amount of snow piling up, a 35 minute drive taking 2.5 hours, and waking up to one foot of snow to gaze upon this morning. It came just as the Christmas snow was disappearing… …and the birds…

Day Fifty Three

The goats and the sheep have taken to visiting the front porch around mid-morning. Today, they just laid down and napped. Even the sheep, who are normally quick to get up and go when you come near them, just laid there and let me look and snap. Two are having a staring contest, and two…

Day Fifty Two

Woke up with a burning need to try popovers this morning. So I blended the ingredients together (egg, flour, milk, and salt), tossed in some chopped berries, pushed them into a 425 F oven, and hoped for the best. They rose, and were all nice and hollow inside, perfect for filling with any kind of…

Day Fifty One

This stubborn little girl goat got herself trapped in the corner of fence on the front porch, where she and her friends come for their morning hang-out. The others saw her like this and wandered off, so she started bleating for our attention. We came out, laughed with horror, took a short video and a…

Day Fifty

It was a long day: chasing goats, fleeing from flying chickens, and then I made a lemon meringue pie that wouldn’t set. So, I figured, the easiest thing to do would be to make baked pudding: simple, satisfying, soothing. Things didn’t quite work out as I planned, and while I was thinking it had everything…

Day Forty Nine

A final addition to the urban homestead. This one comes with fancy eye makeup, and we’ve named her Gracie. She hails from Huntsville, Utah.    

Day Forty Eight

A little drive to Coalsville, Utah. Didn’t step out the car this entire trip, which explains the blurriness on some of my favorite images from the drive