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 […]

Continuous Small Treats

The following is a reprint of a previously published post, from Easter 2009… Our dear sweet neighbor gave us this Easter basket. He baked the ginger cake himself. I can’t wait to enjoy it with tea tomorrow afternoon. It will perfectly embody the concept of Continuous Small Treats. By the way, the flag reads “Joyenses […]

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 […]

“What’s on your board?”


This is my work space, where I spend several hours each day. I resisted the urge to tidy up before I took the photo, and show you the real deal. This is about how it usually looks, with messy papers scattered about and clothes thrown over the back of my chair. I love my office, […]