Catch Up

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I slowed to a wander on Sunday. It felt good to be so lazy and slow. The weather has been gorgeous. Bright and dry and just generally so pleasant. Our yard has been suffering the drought. It's been months since it's rained, I think. I was watering a bit through the summer and then I got busy and stopped. Andy spent the day moving the hose around from place to place. He did an imitation of a hydrangea before and after watering that was spot on — I wish I had a video. "Before" was this sad, parched, drooping, reaching thing; "after" he was bouncing in place and looked like he was on his way to a birthday party. :-) Pretty cute. I think the yard is a bit happier now, but honestly, I'd be relieved to stop worrying about it. A good rainy day would be most welcome, but all week we're supposed to be mid- to upper-eighties, and clear as a bell.

Before the slow, we packed and shipped orders, cleaned the fridge, got some groceries, did some laundry, watched television. Every night lately we've been falling asleep before 10 p.m. I made the blueberry cake again with marionberries, and a version of this pasta for dinner, but with sage instead of rosemary. I need to get it together, and get back into my cooking routine. I feel like this happens every year at this time! I need to sit down with my cookbooks and get inspired to cook for fall. Maybe actually plan [shivers involuntarily]. I suck at that. I don't mind the cooking; it's the thinking of what to cook every day that hinders. "What should we eat?" "I don't know. What do you want?" "I don't care. What do you want?" "I don't know. Pizza?" And pizza, because unless I'm actually looking at a cookbook or a recipie or a restaurant menu it's the only food I can seem to remember. I have the palate of an eighth-grade boy now. Hrrmmmm.

Making a new little preppy-hippie quilt. It's very yang. Thinking about maybe putting together a little quilt kit this winter. I think that would be really fun.

Puppers worries so when her Andy is down in the front yard without her. . . . What if he should fall down? Or need help with the sprinkler? Or someone should walk by? Or someone and A DOG should walk by? "Could you open this thing please?"

Last year (or maybe the year before?) the dahlias were $2.50/bu. Inflation. Still, a bargain.


A quilt kit(jumping up + down)?
PS: I am so with you on wishing the rain would start. Of course, one week into it and you'll see me yearning for these days again.

Every time I see that adorable little sampler (pictured in your last photo here) I want to cry a little bit. I have the pattern for it from your book, and I have the fabric to stitch it, but since it is just for ME and no one else, it always gets pushed to the back burner. Boo hoo.

Your house always looks like a storybook to me.

Haha, my hubbie goes mad when I can't think of anything for tea & say how about pizza? It happens at least once a week. Glad to know I'm not the only one!

I could drown in your pictures. They are always so calming, beautiful and your the country side, your house, everything's so perfect. And I really love your dog :)

Wonderful photos - as always! (And your kitchen makes me think of this:

You should definitely make a quilt kit! I am working on your dish towels now, and I love them!

Hello! I have been reading your blog for a while but I've never commented. But - I would LOVE a quilt kit! I so desperately want to learn how to quilt but there are no classes in our small town and I just don't know where to start! I do have basic sewing skills - so I would just LOVE a kit to help me learn!

It is also hot hot hot and dry in Tacoma. I planted a little cedar sapling this spring and thought I was watering it enough, but I saw dry brown needles on the tips yesterday! So he's going to get extra soaks until it starts raining again. Poor guy.
I'm going to be really excited when it gets a bit cooler. I got a new ice cream machine, but what they don't tell you is that ice cream starts as a custard, so you have to stand over the stove and stir for half an hour! I've been making lots of frozen yogurt instead. Good, but I want some chocolate ice cream!

When my husbs and I got married he said he could eat pizza for dinner every night...Thank goodness, because we have it at least once a week. I just roasted some figs and am wondering what to do with them!?!

What is it with the pets and quilt sandwiches? It's like the thing is a REAL sandwich in terms of attracting them! I can't keep mine from nesting on them, either. So endearing, yet furry:)

I just want to curl up and live in the pictures on your blog.....

I am the same with food - I don't mind cooking once I know what I am making, but coming up with what to make, that is tricky. Love the quilt, love the puppy, everything beautiful as ever. Far too much rain this summer in England, but fantastic raspberries now as a result. Our reward for putting up with it.

Photos telling a story . . . love it . . . PERFECT!

we have a houseful of daily conversations ..... what's for tea?.. what would you like?....I don't know, you, you choose!! Except for yesterday and as it was my mother's 70th birthday party. My daughter who is an amazing cook made Yotam Ottolenghi's caramelised garlic tart (and she adds caramelised red onion too). it is delicious.

So I was reading your entry for today and thought ... I know what you can cook... then read the comments and another like minded soul was thinking along the same lines. Happy Cooking.

Plan?? That word is not in my dictionary. Unfortunately!! Your pictures are so pretty.


Ohhhhh! A quilt kit would be awesome. I'm taking my first beginner's quilting lesson this week and am so excited!!

Lori Proctor says: September 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM

Your quilt is pretty love the fabric colors and patterns, I say yes on the quilt kit that would be great!! Your dog looks like she is very sweet and she must love you both very much.

nice photos, very nice dog, and a very swwet blueberry :))))

I would love the idea of the quilt kit - you can sign me up now for that!!

It's funny how collectively all bloggers around this little space start to think alike. Just this week I stated that I was going to start planning out our dinners more so we can get in the spirit of cooking more.

I made your blueberry cake last week-----ate almost the whole thing all by myself! YUM!!!

Your dog is hilarious - makes go awww and ha ha ha at the same time. The cake looks good. I like that sort of cake - no icing on top but of course probably extra nice with some whipped cream ;)

Everything (esp. Ms. CMP) is just so pretty.

Would someone open the door, please? Poor little Clover is breaking my heart!

I would so love a quilt kit - but I imagine you won't throw in a Clover Meadow to lie on it?!!??

I vote Yes for the quilt kit! Thank You!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.