Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I am always on the go and enjoy gardening, baking, and taking pictures. I love a good book and a cup of black coffee, a travel podcast and a glass of wine, or a refreshing glass of lemonade after a swim.

I move often and I submerge myself wherever I am planted- hence unrooted and blooming. I have had an array of jobs: social worker, retail, housesitter, yoga teacher, payroll specialist, writer, dog watcher, ESL teacher, 2nd hand seller…and…and…and. I’ve house hacked-rented out my home furnished, and moved to SE Asia on a whim.

I like to find the beauty in everything around me, from the smell of freshly washed laundry to a perfect chocolate cake, when a friend doesn’t shy away when life gets messy and a colorful weed in an otherwise “perfect” lawn.

Take a look at my gallery, read about my adventures, check out some recipes, and tell me what you’re up to.

  • Monday Musings: What’s It Worth?

    Nothing is worth your life. I was crouched down, my camera pointed at a seagull, trying to snap the perfect moment. I took a step forward and stumbled, just as a wave crashed against the sand. I didn’t realize the tide was coming in and the next wave got closer and higher than I was […]

  • Baking Day!

    My family wasn’t big into baking when I was a kid, so it was by accident that I fell into the habit of baking. We’d have box cake mix for birthdays and very rarely (maybe once or twice a year), homemade chocolate chip cookies. Growing up, I remember standing on a chair for what seemed […]

  • Monday Musings: Trash to Treasure

    I was walking along the beach yesterday, hoping for a beautiful view. I wanted a blue sky and to see far into the horizon. Instead, I got another view: grey sky, tumultuous surf, and fog. Before arriving, I had planned to walk several miles on the coastline. My walk wasn’t deterred by the weather, so […]

  • ProOne Water Filter Review

    This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. After we noticed that our water was smelling and tasted bad, we set out on a search for a water filtration system. We looked at reverse osmosis systems (expensive!) and […]

  • Summer: The Season of Productivity

    I recently read that if you’re not producing, you’re consuming. The statement was pretty thought-provoking. I love reason and had always used it as a way to unwind before bed or on the rare rainy weekend when I was stuck inside. The past few years have brought about a lot more “free” time than ever […]

  • Grow Your Groceries

    Admittedly, I don’t have a green thumb. Some things, however, seem to grow despite my ineptness. Take, for example, the jungle of kale and lettuce that’s taken over my garden at the moment. I grew so many sugar snap peas that I was giving huge quantities away to neighbors and friends of friends. I have […]

  • Mushroom Log

    I’m not sure how my obsession with mushrooms came about- whether it was the mushroom ravioli I found at the store or the Fantastic Fungi documentary or the chicken marsala I made a few months ago. I’ve realized they’re not only delicious but also fascinating and can be used for medicinal purposes. They also have […]

  • Arsenic in My Water?!

    Water’s been my obsession for the past two months. It all started when I realized my jug of distilled water was empty. “Why did you use all of the bottled water?” I asked my husband. “Our water smells like a pool.” “I thought it smelled bad, but that I was just imagining it.” I got […]

  • Painting My House

    Picture this: a nondescript tan house with tan trim and when you walk inside, you’re hit in the face with Pepto Bismal pink, with some purple zigzags thrown in for style. The pink wasn’t a deal breaker, but it did make me pause. Now, I’m no stranger to house projects. I’ve painted interiors, ripped up […]

  • Envelope Method

    In 2013, I spent two and a half weeks solo backpacking around Ireland. I had always wanted to go and decided to quit making excuses and just make it happen. My life strategy is often this: think things through, buy the tickets, and then tell everyone when I’m on my way to the airport. It […]

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