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It snowed on September 30th. The forecast said that snow was coming, but you know how weather forecasters are often wrong. I was sure that this would be another example. When I looked up average temperatures at Lake Chelan in September, the average high is 70 degrees, and the low is 60 degrees. For October,...

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  A little over ten years ago, my friend, Mona, loaned me her copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. If you haven’t read it, it is a well-written story about her family’s adventures of moving to Virginia, growing their food, and a commitment to eating local. The stories...

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  A friend was asking me recently about our experience living in a tiny house.  She is planning on building a new home too, and was planning on living in a tiny house on her property in the meantime.  After our visit, I kept thinking about what we would have done differently if we had...

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  I just had a conversation with my good friend, Amy Lang, about the abstainer vs. moderator dichotomy that Gretchen Rubin writes about in Better Than Before. Gretchen says, “for Abstainers, having something makes them want it more; for Moderators, having something makes them want it less.” When Gretchen’s book came out, Amy and I...

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I’ve had my new Subaru Forester for over a year, and I love it. It didn’t start that way. When we moved to our rustic cabin in the woods on the mountain, we both knew that eventually, we would both need an AWD or 4WD vehicle. I had been driving a red convertible VW Beetle...

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  I have been thinking about abundance a lot lately. We recently sold our house in the Seattle area. Because of a few twists and turns in our plan to move to Chelan, we sold our house a year later than expected and ended up selling for more than I imagined we could. I’m so...

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I was six years old when we left Gaeta. We lived there from 1978-1980 while my dad was stationed on the USS Albany. Who knows how much of my memories are from pictures, family stories, or things I remember. Knowing we were coming to visit Italy, I talked to my parents about these memories. I have been trying to remember what I can that might not exist in pictures.

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Rick and I had an enjoyable day wandering through the National Gallery of Rome. Amongst the many, many sculptures, statues, and mosaic, somewhere on the second floor, I saw what was unmistakably a calendar.

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It has been three months since we moved into the cabin in Chelan. It feels like a long time, but at the same time, it doesn’t. Three months ago, the weather was HOT, Rick and I were excitedly settling into our tiny home, and our outdoor shower was novel. Three months later, the weather is...