Happy Women’s Day (and lockdown week 19)

Today is International Women’s Day. I had never celebrated this day until I moved to Europe. Here, today is a holiday. All take the day off, grocery stores are closed, and texts wishing a happy day are sent to the women in your life. Observed since the early 1900s, this holiday is to celebrate the…

The discipline of writing

Today we are trying a new thing. Ana has graciously agreed to be in charge of the pups during this day and has told me I am not to do chores or go on errands. Today is my writing day. A few weeks ago I “attended (over zoom thus the quotes)” a writing conference for…

Lockdown week 18 and remembering a year ago

A year ago today, Ana and I were in Basel, Switzerland. We had flown there after putting in our application to be the house sitters for these lovely people and to take care of their two pups. In return, we got to stay in their amazing place in a little village just outside of Basel….

Some days are like this

We have made it to Friday. Near the end of lockdown week 17 the emotions seem to be flowing high all around. The general sense of those around me is a mix of anger and sadness, exhaustion and little glimmers of hope. Mainly, we are all ready for something …different to happen…. Here are some…

It’s working!

A few months ago, the pastors that I work with at the church I work for in Portland, Oregon over zoom asked if I wanted to facilitate a Lenten class for their community. I thought about it and thought it may be an awesome thing to and submitted three ideas, all of which I would…

Lockdown week 17

Here we are, Monday again. As we enter into week 17 of strict lockdown around here, I am exceedingly grateful for the sun that has appeared. As I write, the husky is sleeping on the sunny morning balcony and the little dog is curled up and cozy. Yesterday she basked in the sun spots on…

Rosehips and peanut butter

There are glimmers and moments in which we are just fine during this lockdown time. On Wednesday I started to feel the homesick creep back in and by Thursday morning it was full blown. I woke up with anxiety making my heart race because I had dreamed I was missing my nieces and nephews growing…

Ashes and sunlight

Just a few days ago, Ana and I ventured out with the pups completely bundled and layered. We had hats, gloves, scarves, and layers upon layers because it was snowing and icy. We shivered as we walked into -10 degrees C (about 14 degrees F). We laughed as we watched people play hockey and skate…

Lockdown week 16

This week we have continued enjoying the snow and especially loving when the sun decided to arrive as well. True, it was crisp outside but we bundled up in layers to play around. Our husky is loving every bit of it. Just today, the temps started to warm up a little and the snow became…

Lockdown week 15

The snow continues to flurry outside today as the temps hover around 14 degrees F (-10 C). Entering the 15th week of strict lockdown encourages people to stay indoors not just because of corona but because of the weather as well. The wind continues to ice over everything and the snow reminds us that we…