Archives for the month of: November, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a much needed off island trip to celebrate our anniversary. We packed up the camper and headed over the pass to the Methow Valley. We had visited here years ago, but that was in summer and now in November, it brought back memories of living in Old Snowmass, outside of Aspen.

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That would be the good memories of rivers, snow, mountains and aspens. The smell memory of smoke hanging around in the valley, not the smell of working way too many hours at Aspen Magazine in the basement of McDonald’s. Oh, the glamour. But I digress.

We booked our weekend at the Rolling Huts, which are stand alone structures that we read about in Sunset magazine. Smart little things, spartan and well-designed. It really got me longing to design prefab structures for living lightly on the land. Maybe someday.

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And it was cold, like needing to keep your hands in your pits so your fingers didn’t go numb kind of cold. Well, definitely for me since I kept having to stop on our hikes and fumble with my lens cap trying to take in all the little details. Not that it bothered Jack, he had no hesitation in jumping in any icy stream.

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It felt like a moment frozen in time, so still. A gorgeous frost was on everything and it lasted all day.

Truly, a sparkling couple of days.

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After a little over two years into our island living adventure, I’m still struggling to create my sense of place. A nest.

It’s been a challenge just getting all my things to the island – a matter of schlepping things from car to dock to boat to dock – let alone fitting them into a small living space. And now, along with all the treasures I’ve accumulated from all the places we’ve lived, it’s impossible for me to stop picking things up on the beach or in the woods here and dragging them inside. I’m at my happiest when I am arranging and styling my things. I always have been.

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But, until my friend with the great design eye pointed out all the little “scenes” he liked around our home, I think I haven’t been all that proud of my work. I’ve been a little too wrapped up in the inconvenience of living here, rather than in my potential for creating a sense of place. Or more accurately, little places. Thank you Lloyd, for helping me see that.

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