planting another garden

planting another garden

We haven’t had rain for weeks. As the heel of my work boot hits the top of my garden spade, the force drives it deep into the parched soil. The well-rooted older gardens brave the drought with hardened patience. They understand … Continue reading

during the pauses we cook

during the pauses we cook

Words pour, life, work, dreams and fears articulated sometimes mumbled, unfiltered from her. She has a lot to say and we only have two days. During the pauses, we cook. She likes me in her kitchen using her stuff. Cooking … Continue reading

stuffed mushroom caps

stuffed mushroom caps

The wedding was magical… It was amazing to witness seventy close friends celebrate their shared histories and bright futures. Without hovering, Ralph and I enjoyed Meaghan and Theo’s friends completely. I say without hovering because we were conspicuously loving being … Continue reading

I wish you enough

I wish you enough

I finally got around to packing Meaghan’s shower gifts so that they can be shipped to Calgary. Whenever I’m sending a package to the girls, if there’s extra room in the box, I’ll add a few of their keepsakes that … Continue reading

my children are not perfect

my children are not perfect

Months ago, a friend sincerely said to me, “I’m so sick of reading about your perfect kids!” I tried not to react. I tried harder not to breathe. Breathing would allow me to cry. I needed to feign professionalism; a … Continue reading

Mom it’s not my favorite.

I asked my daughter Meg if she would write a post for my blog last year. I found this in my inbox today… “Mom it’s not my favorite”.  When I was growing up, my mom would often hear those words … Continue reading

family and friends make it real

family and friends make it real

Event planner extraordinaire, Sara Hooton with her adoring soon to be a bride sister Meg. Those smiles were pretty much permanent all weekend! Dan, Kate, Meg and Theo clowning around before leaving for a friend’s wedding. After the kids left for … Continue reading

old fashioned blueberry muffins

old fashioned blueberry muffins

Having our girls and their guys with us for the weekend was the closest thing I can imagine heaven to be. Sixty hours of non-stop kissing, hugging, eating, Prosecco sipping, secret sharing, work venting, wedding planning chaos. It was perfect! … Continue reading

birthday cake for my forever young mom

birthday cake for my forever young mom

We celebrated Mom’s birthday today. I’ve been making her birthday cake for forty two years. Since the year that she taught me to bake. As I carried her cake into the dining room while singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, I smiled at … Continue reading