monkey-ing around

so impressed with my niece and nephew
a bunch of monkeys
lead climbing
slack line and smiles
such a fun session at The Front



a quiet weekend
of walks in the snow
and cozy evenings by the fireplace
simple and sweet

Sharing the weekend – my most favorite part of the week – with photos, words, or both, as suggested over here at the habit of being.


finally feeling it

after a merry weekend of
a huge snowfall 
christmas tree hunting
and a vibrant caroling party complete with eggnog
i am feeling it
the most wonderful time of the year



first snow
a trip up to steamboat
cuddling up with Jenny-dog
the first signs of christmas



time to pull out the puffy coats
the winter hats
the mittens
time to heat up some tea
and watch the falling snow
reveling in the quietness it brings
and with enough of it, it is time to play
keep it coming



i like how mr. president put it...

"I’m not talking about blind optimism,
the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead
or the roadblocks that stand in our path.
I’m not talking about the wishful idealism
that allows us to just sit on the sidelines
or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists,
despite all the evidence to the contrary,
that something better awaits us
so long as we have the courage to keep reaching,
to keep working,
to keep fighting."

what are you hoping for?


i will wait

here is a glimpse of why we love it in ely so much. and we will wait to know more times like these and for all of the other good stuff ahead.

up in the northwoods from Jess Jay on Vimeo.

happy accidents

the glaze i used on this mug is called butter and was supposed to turn out gold and buttery.
instead it went blue and grey in the kiln.
and i kinda love it.
enjoying a cuppa tea in my happy accident this morning.



some days all you have to do is smile. :)
how amazing is this new truly impossible film from the impossible project. so exciting.
happy weekend.


here i am

thirty-eight. it was my birthday this week.
another year older and for the first time ever, i actually kinda feel like it.
this year feels different.
not really but sorta.
i still imagine i am in my twenties... (until i look in the mirror and say oh yeah, no you're not)
but a bit more grounded,
more trusting of the path ahead,
and very grateful.
so here i am.
much more to do.
looking forward to a great year ahead.
i say - the best year yet.



fall hikes, rainy days, foggy mornings, hanging with family, in the studio and more. my favorite month of the year.



so this happened on saturday - yay for  R A I N
it was the kind of cold fall day that makes you want to cozy up indoors
or spend some time in the ceramics studio
or the yoga studio
but then it gave way
fighting the fog and clouds this morning
the light playing in the mist - quite beautiful
and so back outdoors for some fall fun
with tilly and ian
the alpine slide and a gondola ride
lots of smiles and laughter
a nice early birthday present

taking flight


the rising sun

whatever it is you are seeking, just like the sun, it is already rising within you.


gone with the wind

not completely gone, but mostly
the wind has been blowing
pulling the aspen leaves down
piling them up on the forest floor
if only it could last a bit longer
today, I searched for the remaining pockets of gold
and then I stood there, waiting
watching the leaves flutter and then let go
and float down over me
there is just something so amazing about this feeling
i love living in a world that has octobers


photobooth friday

dina and me with dad. remembering his great smile and that funny face he always made and missing him greatly.



outdoors as much as possible
to breathe the fresh air
and take in the colors
in valleys
on mountain tops
running, hiking, walking
just out there
just in it
loving every minute of it
hoping it will last a bit longer

oh, aspen

I just can't get enough of the fall colors.
I just want to sit in an aspen grove
like I did today,
and watch the wind blow,
until every last one of the leaves has fallen.



i live here

some of the reasons why... feeling so lucky.