South Sound Prairies, Western Washington Grasslands

A small area in Thurston County, western Washington, contains a treasure – a native grassland prairie. This region, maintained by many volunteers and the Center for Natural Lands Management, is being meticulously restored through prescribed burnings, planting native plants, weeding, and careful soil management. And, it is open to visitors one day each year. (AContinue reading “South Sound Prairies, Western Washington Grasslands”

“I’m not dead yet!”

It’s been a long, trying few weeks but the worst is over (referring to post of March 21). All test results were either negative or low-normal, and that’s a pretty good sign. Although I’m not seeing much improvement yet, I anticipate it coming soon. And, as Monty Python succinctly stated, “I’m not dead yet!” InContinue reading ““I’m not dead yet!””

No Variations on this Theme

I was thinking about my dad’s phrase – “Don’t worry, it always gets better” while listening to my doctor last week. I’ve held that phrase, and dad’s tone of voice, in my mind for most of my life. In fact, I can’t remember any difficult times when his voice and that phrase were absent. ButContinue reading “No Variations on this Theme”

Beautiful Days

The past week or two have offered days perfect for long walks and easy hikes. Visiting my favorite places here in my corner of our lovely blue planet – a few botanical gardens, a beach, and neighborhoods – has offered the beauty of late winter/early spring days. From the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in FederalContinue reading “Beautiful Days”

Willapa Hills State Park trail

Just outside the charming small town of Chehalis my family and I met up with one of the most beautiful hikes in Washington state. On a classically beautiful early spring day, all things came together for us – my son’s first day of vacation since 2020 (the hospital he works in has been struggling withContinue reading “Willapa Hills State Park trail”

A Winter Garden, Part 2

The month of February is a very busy time for me and Bill. Our birthdays are eight days apart and this is the month we met 50 years ago, so we combine those dates to make the entire month celebratory. In addition, we’ve continued weekly walks through the Washington Park Arboretum. In my free time,Continue reading “A Winter Garden, Part 2”

A Winter Garden, Part 1

A garden in winter. What descriptions come to mind when you hear that sentence? Cold, damp, and dark? Lifeless, or mostly so? Bare trees, mushy plant residue, saturated soil? Or lumps and bumps under a layer of snow? All can be accurate to a point. But, in truth, a winter garden often is a vibrantContinue reading “A Winter Garden, Part 1”