digging for clams

This was our second clam-digging trip of the year. The trip in May was so much fun, we decided to do it again in July. We dragged ourselves out of bed early on the 4th of July, piled on layer after layer of clothing, drove down to Ninilchik beach, and prepared to get muddy. Lots…

july the third – clam-digging eve

The fourth of july was pretty lame this year, as I mentioned in my last post. It rather boringly fell mid-week on a Wednesday but that didn’t stop us from making an occasion out of it. On Tuesday, a bunch of us piled into cars and drove down to the Kenai Peninsula to do a little…

the big 40

I turned 40 this year and right up till the big day, I kinda wanted to have a camping party but all the public use cabins were booked and because my birthday fell on the weekend before the 4th of July (which was kind of a bust this year, wasn’t it, what with it falling…

linocuts

A couple of weekends ago, I attended the Machetanz art festival at the Mat-Su College and took a class on carving linoleum blocks. I’ve done it once before, way back in middle school in Florida. I was going through a clown phase back then. Don’t ask. I carved a clown’s face. I think I still…

summatime!

It was just so pretty outside today I don’t even care if I’m covered in mosquito bites from head to toe.

strange things are afoot at the Bishop’s Attic

Whenever I head down to the Kenai Peninsula, I try to stop at the Bishop’s Attic thrift store in Soldotna. Don’t you love the font on the sign? I’m something of a thrift store aficianado. I profile each store. At this particular one, I rarely look at the clothes because Soldotna is too far away from the…

found

Things I’ve found this summer: A birds nest. A couple of weekends ago, we stopped to take a break on our way down the Pioneer Ridge trail and I looked over my shoulder into the brush and there it was, tucked into the crook of a couple of small branches. We were all amazed to…

this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. more photos can be found here.

writer’s conference

So like I said, I spent a long weekend in Homer attending the Kachemak Bay Writer’s Conference (as an aside, there’s a cab company there named Kachecab – heh) and it was a very interesting and inspiring environment with lots of people who are very, very into writing. I scribbled all sorts of things in…

Homer

Have you ever been to Homer, Alaska? No? Well, you really owe it to yourself to go. It’s just so lovely there. And if you’re a photographer, rest assured that there are no bad photos to be taken. They pull all bad photos over at the city limits and tell them, “We don’t like your kind…

writers

Just got back from the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, and my brain is stuffed full of stuff. It was three or four days worth of creativity, and each evening when I’d head out to my car, my head was spinning so fast and it was so saturated with things and stuff that I’d pass by…

edamame dip

Here’s another recipe I made for the crafty party (see previous post). It’s an Alton Brown concoction of good stuff like edemame, onion & garlic, cilantro, miso paste, and more. It was, as Seth described it, “restaurant quality.” It was also an excellent way to use up that bag of edemame I had moldering away…