The absolutely grand Grand Canyon


This photo was taken along the South Kaibob trail in the Grand Canyon. Judging by my last three posts, you’d think I was vacationing all summer, but in actuality I took just two short vacations – one to visit my parents and this one with my husband. We had intended to go camping in a […]

Simple summer pleasures


I finally got my dad to send me some photos from the river kayaking adventure we did last month when I was visiting my parents in Idaho. This is an action shot from a spot where we stopped to swim and try out a rope swing, and the water felt great even though it was freezing. I […]

Summer vacation

ang and gracie at the lake

Last week I visited my parents in northern Idaho. This photo was taken from the pontoon boat on the way out to their cabin on a private island. It was also a chance to hang out with my brother’s dog Gracie, my favorite dog in the world. While the trip wasn’t exactly frugal (the flight cost me […]

Recycled Garden Projects

recycled trampoline

My friend Betsy Talbot of Married With Luggage turned me on to this awesome Facebook page called Recycled, UpCycled, Freecycled Garden Projects, and I can’t get enough of it! How cool is this recycled trampoline tepee/hammock/meditation area? I love it! It solves so many problems and meets so many goals at once: creating a Zen garden space, staying out […]

Happy Birthday to me


This is the gorgeous just-baked-that-morning peanut butter cream pie my husband bought for me for my birthday over the weekend. I’m not a big cake fan, so he went out to our awesome local bakery Auntie Em’s, and nabbed this one-of-a-kind lovely for my birthday celebration. They make a different pie every day, so this […]

Frugal and free

It occurred to me recently that I haven’t been spending much money lately. In fact, I tend to keep a $20 bill in my wallet for weeks sometimes, when a few years back I could easily breeze through $80 in cash per week. So I thought I’d write about what I’d been up to that […]