Harvest day was too damp and cold for Shawna to pack adjacent to the walk-in cooler, forcing me to make a hundred+ back and forth trips. On each journey, hauling cut microgreens in large totes (back-and-forth three times for every stem), I paused to appreciate the tulips. Both coming and going. Before this, I hadn’t … More Simple Beauty Carries You
This here is a 2-pound button mushroom that we grew in our basement: I know approximately jack diddly squat about growing these things, and hadn’t wanted to deal with the freak that had been steadily expanding in cubic mass down in the cellar. I grow veggies, of course. Fungi are a mystery. Thankfully, my wife … More The fog lifts
The jaws of hunger threatened to tear apart our household as my wife opened the office door and said, “Honey, we have nothing for breakfast unless there’s an egg in the chicken coop. We only need one egg.” Having just been outside an hour earlier, I knew our young hens hadn’t bequeathed a single egg … More A Snow Surplus Can Pay Big Dividends
Here’s my latest column for the paper. While the particulars are local, the principles are universal methinks…. This evening my family and I returned from a disastrous hiking trip to the Lake County Demonstration Forest, which ultimately was salvaged in the end by ice cream and Lake Superior (our two aces in the hole in … More Salvaging Disaster and Making Memories
Perhaps I’m still beating the same drum, but with just another 4 days of cross-country skiing left we’re going to make the most out of each one. We’ll be gone over Easter, and the forecasts show that March should go out like a lamb. It really feels like a celebration of the best March for … More Skiing, Friends, and Lake Superior. It doesn’t get any better.
This is an account of one of our family’s best days last year. Father’s Day is a glorious all-day event in my home. So committed is my trio of kids and spouse to making it special, they eagerly celebrated it with me a week in advance. Of course an epic adventure was in order. The … More Adventure Begins When Things Go Wrong
It’s a gorgeous evening with a relatively clear sky, vivid stars in 3D, and a halo around the moon (formed as light refracts through ice crystals in the atmosphere). The temperature is frigid, but not bitter, at a few degrees below zero with no breeze. The wife is in the house with some friends watching … More Dealing With Adversity, and Being Ready for It.
This was one of those difficult weeks. For some more than others. At the end of the day, however, we still have each other. Adversity has a way of bringing us closer together. The Legos here were a thoughtful and simple gift from our church that cheered us up some.