Cookies! (Just one)

Just one cookie. That’s all I’ll eat. Just to taste to make sure Rob will like it. Just one cookie. All I need is for one cookie to look remotely like the NinjaBread Men on the cookie cutter packaging. Well, they taste good anyway. Made some for the doggies, too, and they seem to like them.Continue reading “Cookies! (Just one)”

Follow my lead

Q. How do I stop my dog from barking and lunging on our walks? A. Don’t take him on walks. Ha. That’s only partially a joke. Contrary to what the Dog Whisperer tells you, it does not help a reactive dog to keep parading her past the things that make her react. Remember, doing theContinue reading “Follow my lead”

Companions for Life

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is almost too easy: Companionable. My precious Mia has a very annoying habit of barking incessantly in the backyard. We think she’s just saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m over here!” Because she doesn’t want you to throw her the ball, or even come near her. If you try toContinue reading “Companions for Life”

In the background: A freeway falls into the river

For the Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background, I give you Interstate 5 collapsed into the Skagit River. Allow me to zoom out so you can see how close my old office used to be to this freeway. This bridge has been in the background of my life for the past 10 years. From late 2006Continue reading “In the background: A freeway falls into the river”

The Japanese art of folding patterned paper

A few years ago, a work associate I knew only slightly was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was given a few months to live, but survived almost a year. During that time, I followed a Caring Bridge blog documenting his illness, treatment and family life. One of the ways his loved ones coped wasContinue reading “The Japanese art of folding patterned paper”

Last year’s tulips

I try not to be like everyone else, but it’s April and this week’s Photo Challenge is Color. What’s a girl to do?   I intended to hit the tulip fields today and take close-ups of individual tulips in different colors, then run them in a circle gallery like the above. But it’s so cold andContinue reading “Last year’s tulips”

Iconic Northwest Rain

Al Roker’s voice rings in my head. Wet weather in the Pacific Northwest. What else is new? This week’s writing challenge felt like a photo challenge as well: Write about something iconic. I mulled over this assignment, asking myself, What is iconic to me? How to capture it visually? What to write about it? InspirationContinue reading “Iconic Northwest Rain”

Leo’s metaphoric ladder of success

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Leo would love to climb this ladder, but I doubt he ever will. He doesn’t seem to understand the nuances of his hind legs. Not that he’s disabled in any way. He can run and jump just fine. He is capable of jumping or climbing on the furniture, but half theContinue reading “Leo’s metaphoric ladder of success”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text

I drafted this post before I saw this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text, and was struggling to pick an image to accompany it. Should I borrow Evernote’s logo, since I’m giving them free advertising anyway? Maybe Rob has a picture of me using my Nook. I was tempted to steal photos of Louis CK, Fred ArmisenContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text”