It's a WovenSunshine Kinda Place

Small Space Gardening – Success

I've been the care taker of this little property in Curtis Park for almost 12 years. It's an old house and I'm still attempting to figure it all out - how to manage owning an old house, prioritizing what the... Continue Reading →

Gift Idea: Plant a Garden (Updated w/pics)

Over Memorial Day weekend, I planted a garden for two friends. They'd helped me with Sky's surgeries and Bee'd just celebrated her 50th birthday in April. With a five-year old, they don't have a lot of free time. I'd asked Bee during... Continue Reading →

Ten Months of Healing

During a camping trip last August, I realized Sky was injured. She'd been moving a bit slowly before the trip, whimpering after a hard romp at the park, but I thought it was arthritis given her age (nearly 8 at... Continue Reading →

Yeah, that wasn’t crazy, or anything

Since I've owned Wildlands (2004), I've been working to improve the yard's soil composition. The first year, I was frustrated when I hit hardpan clay at 2 inches in most places and 4 inches in a few places. The first... Continue Reading →

Wildlands’ Aged & Boozy Eggnog

Four years ago, a friend and I followed this recipe for aged eggnog. We made our batch at Thanksgiving. On Christmas night, we served it to friends and loved ones who commented that it was 'good but too boozy.' The... Continue Reading →

Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes

I've been experimenting with GF baking for a few years now. I tend to lean towards almond flour as a base with other GF flours mixed in. I've found mixing the different flours produces a better texture. However, I've made... Continue Reading →

Wildlands’ “Ouch Ointment” – Homemade Salve for burns, cuts, and scrapes

For Christmas gifts this year, I made a suite of homemade body products. I'll be blogging about some of them in the near future, but the one I'd love to share first is my homemade "ouch ointment." I researched recipes... Continue Reading →

Latest Wildlands Rehab Project

A few years ago a friend gifted me this lovely old dresser. His wife had stripped it of its many layers of paint, but then had lost interest in the project. It had all of its original steel casters and... Continue Reading →

EASY DIY solar dehydrator

Last night, I harvested the 'tamed' wild grapes from the front fence and netted over 10 gallons of grapes. I noticed some grapes had dried on the vine. I tasted a few and was happily surprised to find they have... Continue Reading →

We did it!

Thanks everyone who shared on social media and/or voted for the photo. The total amount raised from Sully and Sky's photo (including the $700 prize money) is $1,860 dollars. With my donation of prize money back to the shelter along... Continue Reading →

$1,000 raised by Sully and Sky!

All, Just wanted to share the news - our photo of Sully and Sky has raised $1,053 dollars for the City of Sacramento's Front Street animal shelter. Voting closes July 31st and each vote is a dollar. You can vote... Continue Reading →

Photo Contest Fundraiser – please consider sharing on social media

All, I'm raising money for the City of Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter. The shelter has organized a photo contest; the winners receive prize money for best category ($200) and overall winner ($500). I entered this photo of Sully and Sky in... Continue Reading →

Outta My Trunkin’ Mind

Around my birthday, I purchased three old trunks off Craigslist for $45.00 a piece. I'm going to store camping supplies (in the garage) and linens (under my bed) in them. So, that's reasonable and pretty cool, right? Not in the... Continue Reading →

Brandied Apple Coffeecake

I started a new job back in November. Working for a state resource agency is VERY different from working in the private sector. Sure, I don't make a lot of money anymore, but the people  I work with have surprised... Continue Reading →

1 year later – Review of LG 10 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

It's been a year since I ordered this fridge for the kitchen remodel. While unpacking groceries today, it occurred to me I should share my thoughts about it. Excuse the old photo of the front; I lost good light. Nearly... Continue Reading →

Knit Night Turkey Empanadas

So, I was going to make a large jack-o-lantern empanada for the Halloween party last weekend, but time got away from me. As I had all the ingredients, I made empanadas for knit night. They were a hit and perfect... Continue Reading →

Wildlands’ Kitchen Remodel ($6,000 budget)

It occurred to me tonight that I never got around to posting the final pics of the kitchen. I still have some painting to do and some art to hang, but it's 99.9% done. I couldn't have done the work... Continue Reading →

Sully – Wildlands’ new addition

I've been meaning to blog about Wildlands' newest addition, little Sullivan. Neal found him and his litter mates back at the end of May and I brought home the solid gray powder puff on the first of June. He's growing... Continue Reading →

Chicken Corn Chowder Pot Pies

Webster's online dictionary defines chowder as: chow·der CHoudər/ noun: chowder; plural noun: chowders A thick soup containing fish or shellfish, especially clams, and vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in a milk or tomato base. ___________________ With winter on the... Continue Reading →

Simple Pork Vindaloo Recipe

Upon tasting this dish last night, I reminded myself to prepare Indian food more often.  The key, I've learned, is to have the whole spices on hand. This is one of my favorite recipes, a loose and fast vindaloo adapted from... Continue Reading →

Care Package for A Homeless Person with Dogs`

I recently posted about a pay-it-forward moment I had a few days ago. As I noted in that post, the homeless man and his two dogs have been on my mind since. I did some online research for ideas and... Continue Reading →

If I Can Inspire ONE Person to Give Back

I shared this on Facebook tonight; I'd like to share it now, to a wider audience with the hope that I can inspire one other person to give back. "It's late and so, I don't expect a lot of people... Continue Reading →

The Skito Sweater

A dear friend turned 40 back in July. When I think of her, I cannot help but smile and get a little mushy. She is sunshine, laughter, warmth, kindness, and love wrapped up in the tiniest of packages. She also... Continue Reading →

Carrot Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tomorrow is the first summer BBQ hosted by dear friends with whom I spend most holidays and share big life (and little too for that matter) events and adventures. I affectionately call these folks 'the Donner Party' as they live... Continue Reading →

Cakes are for the kids, these are for YOU

A few weeks ago, a friend placed an order for birthday treats for a set of twins who were turning 40. We both agreed cupcakes would be less hassle to serve, so I set about coming up with two types... Continue Reading →

Updated (4.24.13) Dr. Olaf Prufer, I raise a glass in your honor today

Update April 24, 2013: Olaf has been added to the National Forest Service's page on Hopewell Culture as a historical figure in Hopewell  archaeology. I'm glad that his contribution to Ohio archaeology and specifically, Hopewell continues to be recognized. July 29, 2008: Dr.... Continue Reading →

Yes, “that’s all” I did today

This is part vent and part 'hey, look what I did today' post. Not sure why other people's comments sometimes bother me more than others. That's the vent part of the post. It's been a long few days for me;... Continue Reading →

Kitchen update

It's been another month since I updated and I can say, the punchlist is long but progress has been great. I am hoping to have the major items on the list completed by Tuesday evening. Left outstanding will be a few... Continue Reading →

My, What Pretty Chrome You Have

As it's been a month, I thought I'd provide you all with an update on the kitchen mini-renovation. It's been a very productive month, though my progress has been hampered by a few injuries, a nasty chest cold, and slow... Continue Reading →

Chicken Salad Sliders on BP Biscuits

On Sunday I thought I'd put the roast chicken left overs to use by whipping up a batch of chicken salad. As I didn't have any bread in the house, I made baking powder biscuits. The result? These cute little... Continue Reading →

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