Sunny Sunday Afternoon

It’s a beautiful, warm, sunny Mother’s Day afternoon here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve been outside this afternoon tending to the garden and now it’s time to settle in with a glass of iced tea and books.

I’m living vicariously through Margaret Roach as I read the story of how she walked away from a high-powered corporate job to live in the woods.  And I Shall Have Some Peace There has captivated my imagination as I read her solitary ruminations during her first year of living alone and getting to know the flora and fauna she shares her life with. Her gardening blog, A Way to Garden, is one of my new favorite places to visit these days.

This morning I came across Arriving: 1909-1919 (Understanding Ursula) by Corrine Jeffrey. It’s about early homesteaders in my beloved Saskatchewan. I couldn’t resist downloading the Kindle version.

Also on the go is Anne Bauer’s memoir The Sound of Hope about her experience as an adoptee. I’m relating to a lot of what Anne has to say.

(By the way, there is a new online publication called Adoption Voices Online that I’ve become a regular contributor to. It presents an array of adoption-related articles from different perspectives. You’ll find adoptive parents, adoptees, birth parents, and adoption experts. I hope you’ll check it out.)

So, it would seem the only problem I have this afternoon is choosing what to read first. Ah, if only every day was like this one. I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Mother’s Day too–no matter how you are choosing to spend it.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. So happy to have found your blog, via my friend Christine Grote. I’m writing a memoir about growing up with a mafia father and religious fanatic mother–sort of God meets mob. Just published a draft of the first chaper this morning.

  2. Sounds like the perfect day to me. Sunshine and a day to enjoy it, doing whatever you like. Your book list sounds interesting. I hope you have a great week.

  3. First of all…. I purchased the petunia above last year and just loved it. I too loved M. Roach’s book and her gardening book A Way to Garden is still one of my favorites. Check it out if your haven’t read it. I too love her blog. Great minds think alike. I will have to check out your other links.

    1. It’s beautiful, isn’t it Christy?! We have much in common…but we knew that, didn’t we?!

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