April 29, 2009


I am finished with Holiday. Just in time to begin designing Spring. It is a strange time to be a fashion designer. I keep asking myself if this is important work. It feels good to fantaszie and design and create but are dresses something of value right now? Am I being useful to others- do you need Filly? Do you want Filly? Does Filly improve your life in a way that feels essential? I am listening.

Falcon Watch Day 3

April 24, 2009


So here we are- a cold Thursday afternoon under the Fremont Bridge. Every week Adam and I spend four hours observing a pair of Peregrine Falcons for the Portland Audubon. It is an exhilarating experience… when they do anything beyond sitting on a steel girder and preening. When one or – heaven rejoice – two take flight, we are suddenly in a mild panic trying to follow their progress: binoculars to our faces, running for a better angle, getting confused as to which one went where, and then settling in to watch the new one on the girder.

However, there are unexpected thrills in between flights. Today it was the arrival of Allan the Danish man riding the same motorcycle that Adam rides. Only in silver and totally cherried-out. I love this picture because it is in this moment that the Peregrine would make his or her move. I am surprised I don’t see a falcon behind us in the sky.


April 23, 2009


What a great “craft night”. We really made use of the table… to talk really. Although I managed to write a letter to my dear friend Amy. And James taught Ryan how to knit, maybe. At the end of the evening, and I mean the very end, John had a mad hankering for biscuits. Eight humans and one Bello squeezed into my car and drove three blocks to Popeyes fast food joint for a twelve pack.

According to the experts, a dozen biscuits feeds a dozen people.

International Holiday

April 20, 2009


It was monday. It was in the eighties for the first time since October.  It was that day. And so when James and David wanted to adventure to the Washougal River, Sarah and I dropped everything and packed our bags. Ahh, the joy of sitting next to a river in the sun- returning to the house with squinty eyes, flushed cheeks, and river hair.

Every Week

April 15, 2009


Wednesday Night. Gather up. There is much to do.


April 15, 2009


Monica, my yoga teacher and friend from Santa Cruz, has started leading a yoga class wednesday mornings at 8am in our house. I cleared the room, swept, got the heat going, lit some incense and we were official!


April 14, 2009


Bello was running for a ball and sprained his front left armpit. We have to carry him like a coffee table if he wants to get off the couch. And he was just getting over a back leg injury caused by the bike trailer. Now this- laid up for three weeks to guarantee full recovery. Oh, I feel so sad for him.

Passover Seder

April 13, 2009


The lovely folks at the Shaver Houses held an amazing Seder feast last night. With Jonah as our guide we read and sang from photocopied versions of the Haggadah. I appreciated his interpretation and modern day application of the spiritual passages- although our group gave special attention to the traditional drinking of atleast four glasses of wine.

It felt very satisfying to acknowledge and honor this holiday- and great was the company who proclaimed it. Thank you.

1,2,3 Garden

April 8, 2009


This past weekend we had our first batch of real spring. The kind of weather that wakes you up at sun rise. Heat that causes you to drink water instead of hot tea. Days that drive pale skinned hibernaters to the backyard…and so we ventured forth to see what five able-bodied humans could do. Well, we did a lot! Check it out, we dug two gorgeous, lofty beds in the annual garden plot, cleared and cultivated the south facing side yard, laid a brick border along the patio, built a brick and stone fire pit, and planted kale, chard, broccoli, onions, peppers, strawberries, sage, raspberries, and a marionberry. Still to come: tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, blueberries, kiwi, an apple tree, beets, carrots, zinnias, sunflowers, basil, calendula, chives, rosemary, lavender, and pumpkins for Halloween. It feels so good to give myself this experience.


April 2, 2009


Trying to design Holiday 2009… hmmm. Gosh. All I want to do is bird watch and dance. And draw. And kiss.

Joan Armatrading. Joni Mitchell. Phoebe Snow.

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