It’s 2018

Why hello there new year… where did you come from?

I was just spending some time with 2017…. I thought I just looked away for a moment…

Is 2017 really gone?


Well… I had some grand intentions of blogging in 2017, but somehow other stuff kept coming up (fill that in with: writing, painting, voice acting, working (the day job), sheep, cats, dogs, horse, baking, archery)… you get the idea.

Here are a few highlights:

Early 2017 snow!

Hermes had to wear his dashing coat (with neck warmer… otherwise he gets icicles in his mane!)

Nobody loves the snow as much as Kate… see those lines radiating out from her? Those are nose smears… where she’s been dragging her nose through the snow…

That’s not to say the other dogs don’t enjoy the snow too… especially if it involves wrestling over a “stick” (yes. it’s a small log. or a huge branch. take your pick.)

We’ve already discussed lambing time being one of the most magical times of the year, but just in case you need further proof…

Cherry pie for Ian… it’s his favorite

We had to have our waterline re-done. We tried to do it ourselves and then realized that our giant hill was more than we could compete with. We called in help. (we live in a canyon… there is almost no flat ground on our property). Look at this amazing trench!

If there’s a birthday, I make cake. Below is a cardamom cake and a coconut cake with chocolate ganache. They were well received.

More sheep! Just because… they rule our lives and they’re pretty fantastic.

Strawberry season in Oregon. We eat as many strawberries as we can – my fingers are perpetually stained pink.

My first trip to Vegas (for a conference). But as a woodworker’s daughter… I think this dress was the highlight – each of those scales is a thin piece of beautiful maple wood!!! I wants it. (plus the back is low and would show of my dragon tattoo perfectly.)

Plus… did I mention that is is made of wood scales?!?!?!

Yeah. Ian is an amazing cook. This was just one of many, many delicious meals he cooked through the year. mmmmm. Now I’m hungry.

Cake balls for a friend’s baby gender reveal party. They looked pretty cute and tasted even better (if I do say so myself).

Yeah. I have a My Little Pony sweatshirt.

So…. Lizzie likes to attack the water as it runs down the truck bed when we’re filling water jugs to haul up to the sheep at the top of the property… but she was trying a new kind of sneaky here… tucking her paws underneath. You know… in case the water sensed her presence too early by encountering her paws before her nose…

And of course we need a picture of Clee… looking adorable and worried.


It’s just a small selection but… it ends up I was living up to the business name (Joy of Doing) and taking so much joy in doing stuff that I didn’t get around to writing about doing it. We’ll see how it goes this year!

So… welcome 2018! Let’s see what you have in store for us… I’m sure it will be an adventure!

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