Author Archives: arden

Hummers and Hail

We’ve been having a great spring for the past many weeks and David and I have been saying we needed to put out our hummingbird feeder. (Even though the offical “last frost” date is not until mid-May, any sort of … Continue reading

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Reflections Four Years In

It almost seems hard to believe that we’ve been back in the U.S. for four years now. (Four years and four days, if anyone’s actually counting.) In some ways our Costa Rica time seems distant, like a dream you sort-of … Continue reading

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Start ‘em young

Says Avila (as her mom arrives to take the kids home at the end of the day), “Do we have to leave now? Can’t I stay and shovel some more?” Seriously. The kid is just too much. (And, seriously, she’s … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

(Does anyone read that line without hearing it in their head as the song?! Now that I’ve written it down it’ll be playing over and over in my head for the rest of the day, I’m sure!) We had a … Continue reading

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Why yes, that IS a tent in our dining room!

I do recognize that it’s not all that common to have a full-size camping tent set up in your dining room, but that’s exactly what we do have and, oddly enough, we’re rather enjoying it. It started a week ago … Continue reading

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The winter that wasn’t

Oh, I know, even just typing that headline makes me feel like I’m probably calling forth the wrath of the weather gods and we’ll be buried under snow by morning. But, I’ll take my chances since even that wouldn’t seem … Continue reading

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Tis the season for magic

…which includes new babies, the joy of the holidays seen through the eyes of a 3-1/2 year old, special friends, and Christmas shopping that got done shockingly early! (I’m usually only beginning my shopping by this time, NEVER have I been … Continue reading

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Rainy season

Oh, all right, maybe calling it the “rainy season” is a bit of a stretch, but we have actually had rain at some point on each of the past five days, which here in the high desert might well earn … Continue reading

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Food Glorious Food AKA Yellowstone Part 2

As you saw in yesterday’s post, we recently had a great few days at Yellowstone National Park, where we spent our days watching the wild animals, admiring the incredible landscape, oohing and ahhing over the geysers, mudpots, and thermal pools … Continue reading

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Antelope, Bison, and Elk, Oh My!

After many months of looking forward to it, our Yellowstone trip finally arrived and ten days ago we piled into Chris and Louise’s roomy Dodge Durango and headed north.  We did, indeed, see ample antelope, bison, and elk.  Well, mostly … Continue reading

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