Monday, June 25, 2018

Picture This: Week 25, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.

June 18, 2018

I love being on a sleeping train of cats. 


June 19, 2018

Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.  President Lincoln abolished slavery on January 1, 1863, but it wasn't until Union soldiers reached Texas on June 19, 1865, that the news of the war ending and of slave freedom was fully communicated.


June 20, 2018

The most fun part of the summer present from work is the dry ice.


June 21, 2018

Selfies before bed with Henry girl.


June 22, 2018

Friday night wine and comedy.


June 23, 2018

Nothing tastes better than tomatoes straight from the garden.


June 24, 2018

 I bought a packing cube after reading about them in Real Simple.  I bought one Eagle Creek cube, thinking I'd try it out.  I'm amazed.  That cube has one pair of jeans, one pair of running capris, two pairs of hiking pants, 5 t-shirts, one casual shirt, one long sleeve shirt, one pullover, and socks.  It's incredible, and I'm a convert.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Picture This: Week 24, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.


June 11, 2018

Circle cats on the circle table.  We don't allow the cats on the table, but outdoors, I prefer they sleep higher.  They seem to feel the same.


June 12, 2018

Every so often, Henry will tuck you into bed.  She kneads your body into the covers, working down your profile.  It's one of the best things.


June 13, 2018

I've been talking about cookies for weeks, it was only a matter of time.


June 14, 2018

The basement shower is getting closer to the finish.  Copper's very confused.


June 15, 2018

Friday night pizza practice.


June 16, 2018

Zach bought a Yoshino cherry tree for our upcoming fourth anniversary.  I have this dream of having a tree in our yard of every meaningful location.  This cherry tree is the same time as seen around DC, representing our time there.  It joins what we hope is a birch tree, a reminder of our honeymoon in Alaska.  


June 17, 2018

 The bathroom doesn't look like much, but it is so much because of my dad.  This reflects so much of him in the details - the heater that might not be totally necessary, but that he's really excited about and convinced us on the merits; the wiring, which he planned and helped to execute; the window in the shower, which was his idea to bring in the natural light.  Our basement would not be where it is without him, but there's so much more.  I'm so thankful for my dad that taught me so many skills that have made so many project possible - from geometry and the planning powers of graph paper; to building and having the confidence to try; to getting your ass behind it when driving a screw or a nail; to creative fixes; to the impact of reflection and a work beer; and most importantly, that I can do anything.  I've reflected on this before, but it's more common the older I get and the more people I meet.  It's so strange to me when people are amazed at what I build or try.  I owe it all to my parents; they included my sisters and I in everything, they never held us to a gender, and they taught us we can always learn and try.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Picture This: Week 23, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.

June 4, 2018

Denali's been exploring and playing so hard every day that by 7pm, she's knocked out and sleeping like she's dead.  We check her breathing.


June 5, 2018

It cracks us up to no end how Copper uses furniture like a human.  


June 6, 2018

This baby deer slept under the hammock trees most of the day, until its mama returned.  I love that our yard is a baby deer haven.


June 7, 2018

My grandparent's house is one of my favorite places.


June 8, 2018

The pups, tuckered after morning walks and a giant yard of exploring.


June 9, 2018

Wedding planning with Steph and PJ and tables.


June 10, 2018

Copper and Henry conferring.  

Monday, June 4, 2018

Picture This: Week 22, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.

May 28, 2018

I have peony flowers! The deer decimated these plants last year, but remembered this year that these aren't on their food list, and have allowed for these to bloom.


May 29, 2018

It's likely a jealousy-induced snuggle on the fur after seeing his sister on this, but I'll take it.  


May 30, 2018

Henry supervising from the patio.  She's an outdoor cat in that she likes to sit on patios.


May 31, 2018

Denali goes to bed about 7 pm each night.  She starts by snuggling into the blankets on our bed, and it's so sweet.


June 1, 2018

Veronica is my road trip snack sole mate.  We like all the garbage candy.


June 2, 2018

It me!


June 3, 2018

My sister and I got into a discussion on my wedding dress Saturday after we were in Indiana over the weekend shopping for our youngest sister.  She bought a beautiful dress! Veronica asked what I did with mine, and how I felt about it now a few years later.  I have complicated feelings with this dress, so while I really liked it, it's also served its role.  I wrapped it up into a tight tube and shipped it off for its second life.  I donated it to a charity that sells dresses and donates profits to several charities focused on supporting women.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Picture This: Week 21, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.

May 21, 2018

We installed nap times into Denali's schedule to hopefully curb some attitude from the baby cat.  She clearly needs it by how hard she passes out.


May 22, 2018

More worms for our compost arrived on Tuesday.  


May 23, 2018

I bought this faux fur throw at IKEA years ago, thinking of Copper and Henry.  They've never glanced at it, but Denali loved it when she arrived last year.  This week was the first time I've seen Copper show it attention.  After kneading for a couple minutes, he curled in.


May 24, 2018

Denali's making bold moves.


May 25, 2018

Hammock season opened, and Copper was excited to snuggle.


May 26, 2018

Wine and cheese pairing lessons at our favorite winery.  Coming soon: champagne and potato chips, and unexpected but delightful combination.


May 27, 2018

 I started laying flowing in the basement.  I'm so happy with its warmth, and at envisioning the completed basement!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Picture This: Week 20, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.

May 14, 2018

We've had to institute mandatory nap times because Denali plays too hard outside.


May 15, 2018

I was weeding the back garden until our house was overtaken by geese that did not stop yelling until I vacated.  It was terrifying.


May 16, 2018

Tabby nap hour.


May 17, 2018

Aladdin was one of the few musicals where our schedule aligned with our friends and we all got to see it together.  It wasn't the movie, but it was beautiful.


May 18, 2018

Ice cream season and our first trip to Doc's.


May 19, 2018

I was all about the royal wedding on Saturday.  I was doing yard work, but checking in on it often, and my Instagram showed it.


May 20, 2018

 Sweet, sleepy Copper.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Picture This: Week 19, 2018.

This is a daily series, posted weekly, recapping a daily picture.  It's rarely momentous, there's a strong chance it will involve a cat - or at least an animal - but it inspires me to reflect on each day.  I hope you enjoy, and consider what brings you happiness each day as well.


May 7, 2018

 It's a ceiling fixture, in the basement bedroom, which is painted.  It's come quite a way.


May 8, 2018

Vote early, vote often.


May 9, 2018

I sent my hairdresser a confusing amount of contradictory pictures.  I told her how afraid I was of turning blonde from my high school foray into highlights.  Still, she got it, then she took me outside and patiently waited for the perfect amount of wind.  She's the best.


May 10, 2018

Denali incited panic this week when she brought a plethora of ticks home for a few days in a row.  We'd never seen a tick at our house before.  We've seen too many now.


May 11, 2018

Copper snuggle bug.


May 12, 2018

My sister's dog Lloyd is the sweetest, derpiest dog.  I love this nerd.


May 13, 2018

Mother's Day was Sunday and we took our moms to breakfast and celebrated, I have no picture to show.  I do have this picture of the tile my mum redid in the guest bathroom.  We hung the cement board, she sealed the seams and installed all of the tile.  I'm so thankful to have had her as a fearless example - I never knew I shouldn't try something, for any reason.  I never knew limits.  She's taught me that you can keep learning, keep trying, and you can accomplish anything.

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