Open air

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Mark, having grown up in Idaho talks about the open air, the big sky that he had growing up. DSC_0080

I get it, and I’ve seen it many times.  It is this vastness, this tall, tall air up above us.  nothing to cover it, nothing touching it, for miles.

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And I do like it when I see it, when I have it, when I am surrounded by it.  I like it a lot. It makes you feel small, in this huge open space.  It usually comes with silence, deep silence.  I like all of it too.

But I know this open space also comes with dryer, warmer days.  And as oppose to Mark, I grew up with trees.  I grew up with rain (lots of it), and trees, lakes and rivers (large ones.) And I love that too.  It does actually feel more like home, when I have these with me.  Even though I love this big, tall blue, I need green.  I need water.

I think it’s funny how the place we grew up in, makes such a large impact in our lives.  We were just laughing few days ago, because Mark was commenting how done he was of the rain we’ve had.  He needed a break from it, and he needed it to be dry, even just for a little while.  Siena and I smiled, because we both love the water.  The rain.  I feel like I actually need the rain in my life, and I’ll take all of it as it comes.

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This is the sight to both sides of the road. DSC_0227

I will take this sight though.  It is so beautiful.  All of it.  Its quiet-ness, blue-ness, dry-ness, windy-ness, dark-ness, open-ness, tall-ness.  Yes, all of it.  Because I know soon enough I am always coming home to my rain.

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The garden

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IMG_1319 I love when the sage blooms.

IMG_1320 We planted asparagus last year, they are starting to grow.  One more year before we can pick, I think.  It’s exciting.

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Out of doors in Idaho

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“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver

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In the kitchen

Have been trying to keep a menu and follow, but it’s taken me a little while to get the hang of it now with new schedules.  Mostly the part of finding meals that I can make while I’m not at home…  where is the kitchen fairy when we need her?

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But while I have been in the kitchen, I’ve made few things and one of the best discoveries lately, has been the homemade yogurt. IMG_1077And all those fresh strawberries… I love this time of the year, when fresh, new fruits are brought to our table with open hands, after months of apples.

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IMG_1333If we put flowers around piles of dishes and the compost bucket, they look much better, don’t you think?

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A dinner with friends, this salmon cakes (that I didn’t get a final picture, which looks much better than this big bowl of salmon mix.) IMG_1341

And because it’s a real meal with friends without a cake, right?  We love this applesauce cake.

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Spring is here indeed.

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Left behind

DSC_0086 When I see empty buildings, it always makes me wonder what the story is behind the lives, the families, the people that lived here.

DSC_0087DSC_0096 This mobile home still there, with lamps and shades and shelves, but all ripped from the walls and fallen.

DSC_0159 DSC_0162DSC_0128 I am no architect or engineer but it makes me wonder why they built this rocks and wood pieces that makes wonder its stability.

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DSC_0095The house almost still standing, but yet, mostly gone.

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DSC_0169 DSC_0175 At the end of a road, not well traveled.

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DSC_0195DSC_0192 The gate still swinging with the wind.

DSC_0198 DSC_0200 Hinges and hooks meant to withstand the rough cold winters and hot summers as well as the strong winds.

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The recycler and thrifter in me makes me hope it could be saved, or the materials re-used.  But I think this is fine too, I guess.  I love the colors and the sight nevertheless.  I love it that makes me think of the history and the stories of these places.  But it also makes me think of what I might be leaving behind when time comes.  And what it will all look like.  I am sure there will be people who will be wondering then what all that I am leaving would have meant to me.  And so the stories are being built.

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the hill climb

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Mark and Siena have climbed this hill a couple of times, and Lucas has always been too little.  This time though, they all three went with Grammie.

DSC_0072 Yes, that hill in the middle of the photo above.

DSC_0075 DSC_0078 DSC_0093 We went to the end of the road, and then to the right.

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Then they left, to this thing they do when we go to Grandpa and Grammie’s cabin, but this year a little different, as it is every time, as the kids grow and change.DSC_0104

That hill from down here, didn’t seem like much, but as they got further and started to climb, the stories we heard, and then we looked at the pictures Mark took, looked very different up close.

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Rugged, rough.IMG_0271 Steep.

IMG_0274 Cold, hot. Dust. Sagebrush.

IMG_0276 Snow. Rocks. Cold.

IMG_0277 IMG_0281 Tall.  Windy.

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And this is what we saw from the bottom, with a zoom in the camera.

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Then, on the other side of the hill…IMG_0290 IMG_0298they saw elk.

IMG_0293 And taller hills. Trees. Mountains.  More snow.

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IMG_0297 Yes, I get it.  This is the open-ness Mark talks about missing.

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From top of the world…

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last few weeks…

… we had spring break and traveled and got to see family.

… Mark and Siena planted peas in the ground and there is also sunflower seeds planted this year.  I am so excited!  These are the seeds from a sunflower we got last fall here.  We’ll see how big they turn out.

… I think I want these in our garden from Swarm Portland

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Photo from Swarm Portland‘s website.

Aren’t they pretty? Love how they all fit beautifully like that… natural.

… we got a new small camera that seems to take pretty good pictures.  Easy to carry it.

… we’ve seen blue skies, at times, beautiful sunny days, and it feels so good!

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… found this online and makes me think.

… our backyard has been getting some cleaning done a little here and there.  I am looking forward to spending more time out there.

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… I’m glad I found Erica’s blog because I really like her book.

… we had our first lunch AND dinner outside, with warm dare I say, hot days?

… went to see a Blazers basketball game, play Boston Celtics, all the way from the top rows, where the loud people sit…

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It was a lot of fun, and we went with some dear friends.  A fun evening.

… we went to see Ten Grands concert.  We’ve gone for few years now, and every time I enjoy seeing so many homeschoolers together in one place.

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… there’s been lots of playing.  Cards, board games , basketball, frisbee, baseball… so many possibilities.

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… we have many, many conversations about cars.  The cool cars that we pass, or go by, the colors that make them cool, which one would I pick… so many questions and option.  And of course, there’s been lots of cars being built as well.

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… had our first outdoors movie with friends last weekend.  Inside Out was on the big screen.

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Spring is definitely here, and there is lots of more playing outside happening and more to come.

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