The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Old and new traditions inspire hope.

Mr. Fixit and I recently did something we’ve never done. We took a December vacation. In addition to getting a little break, the primary purpose was to see the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. My love of Christmas ships started nearly three decades ago when I first moved to Seattle and stumbled upon a spirited party in the bay with carolers, bonfires, and dozens of light laden boats of all sizes reflecting in the water as they passed. I was a young adult, and it was magical. Ever since, I’ve sought out various holiday traditions to layer into our family experiences and inspire the hope we all seek this time of year. As Santa says in the Christmas Chronicles, “People need Christmas to remember how good they can be.”

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How Does Your Garden Grow? (Part 2) 

How Does Your Garden Grow? (Part 2) 

Plant it, grow it, savor it.

Anyone who has enjoyed picking and dining on their own garden produce will agree that there is nothing more appetizing. This blog is the second of a two-part series digging into some gardening learning experiences. Part one focused on the architecture of raised beds and preparing for planting season. Now we will turn our attention to the actual planting and harvesting. 

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How Does Your Garden Grow? (Part 1) 

How Does Your Garden Grow? (Part 1) 

Tried and true raised bed suggestions.

The only thing better than fresh produce is fresh produce that comes from your home garden. We’ve always dabbled in growing vegetables but this year we took it to a whole new level. While I wouldn’t say we have a green thumb, we have had some tasty results. This blog is the first of a two-part series sharing what has worked well for us, starting with our garden architecture. 

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Dating and Mating

Dating and Mating

The wonder of living near a natural bird habitat.

This blog title probably caught your attention. I hope you won’t be disappointed when you learn that it’s all about birds. Not the birds and the bees, just birds. We’ve always loved birds but until we moved to the property at Cherry Creek Guest House, which borders the East Gallatin River, we didn’t really understand the complexity of their mating habits. 

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