What They Do To Me

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


13 or 14 year old Victoria and the Walkman that went EVERYWHERE.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. Every car ride in the summer came with windows rolled down and music so loud you couldn't help but sing along. My teachers probably broke so many rules...We listened to their music at the end of most days in 5th grade, in math class on certain days, and on circuit day in PE. My friend Lexi always listened to music that no one else had ever heard of, but that was always really good.  My friends and I spent so many weekends making up dance routines and never turned down a karaoke night.

The other day my friend Megan posted her top five seven songs and it made me want to come up with my own list. Narrowing it was way harder than I thought it would be! Here are nine that I came up with:

Drops of Jupiter by Train - I'm pretty sure it's no exaggeration to say that every mixtape I ever burned has this song on it. I sang it so much that my Mom even knows most of the words. It's so sad and so happy and reminds me of some of the best years of my life so far. The only thing this song got wrong is that heaven is overrated. It's definitely not!

Kryptonite by Three Doors Down - In junior high all of my friends loved this song. Whenever I hear it, I go right back to the year that everyone in my class called it their favorite. We sang it at the top of our lungs every single chance we got.

Wake Up Nico by Jill Andrews - This is one of those songs that always cheers me up. It makes me think of the time I spent helping my friend Heidi when her second baby was born.

A Thousand Things or You've Got a Home by Christa Wells - Just before I turned 20, I moved to Massachusetts to do student teaching. It was a dream come true, but my time there came to an end. The first song reminds me of the struggle I went through as I learned that God truly does have the whole world in His hands. The second one reminds me of the way the people who were perfect strangers welcomed me into their homes and lives when I moved to Massachusetts.

Remark by Rachel Platten - This song says it all. Yes, it's like that.

Thy Way, Not Mine by The New Attitude Band - I liked this one the first time I heard it when I was 17 or 18. I had no idea that it would become an anthem that would get me through college and my early 20's.

Take Me There by Trip Lee and Jimmy Neeham - I listened to this song soooo many times when I was on my way to the ranch for a cooking day with Darlene and Anna a few Fridays ago. As you can tell, I like songs that give me a reality check!

Hot Diggity by Perry Como - My Grandma was always whistling or singing songs. ALWAYS. It was usually just a few lines or the chorus. This particular song is one that I just love. It takes me back to the  little table in their kitchen or running errands or sitting in the backseat on a trip to visit one of my aunts. It gets bonus points because it also reminds me of my Gramps saying, "Hot dog!" about everything.


Honorable mentions go to Tedashii, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado, Cher, Savage Garden, Cheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, Baha Men, Matchbox 20, Creed, B*Witched, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, Alicia Keys, and everything Reach Records.

I was SUCH a 90's child.


What are some of your favorite songs and what do they do to you? 

What era does your music say you belong to?

A Cat Garden

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Since both of our cats just love to get into the flower beds, my Mom decided to put in a special garden just for them. She researched what makes for a good cat garden (yes, this is TOTALLY a thing) and then we went to a new nursery to pick up the plants. My Mom was sick over the weekend, so we decided to do the planting yesterday.

Memorial Day was a lazy one around here. I baked donuts, we grilled hamburgers for a quick lunch and watched Cut Throat Kitchen, and never bothered to change out of our comfy clothes....A thunderstorm rolled in just as our pajama planting party was about to begin. We tried to keep going, but ended up going back into the house to wait it out. 


My Mom is hilarious...She's totally posing here because she likes incriminating evidence. Slippers, RAIN, and sweats. We are SUCH gardeners! :)

All laughs aside, we had a lot of fun! I love that my Mom decided to give this garden spot another try. I love that we got to shop for the plants and put them into the ground together. Gardening and time with my Mom are two of my favorite things. I couldn't help but get all sentimental as we worked. I mean...I don't take these years for granted. If I had followed "my plan" for my future, I would have gone away to college and never looked back. I would most likely be living on the opposite coast. Memories like these would have been possible only because of visits.

BUT, by God's grace, a different plan came into place. This is my life and I really do love it! Someday, things might change and I'll have some great days to look back on. In the meantime, I'm super grateful for every moment we have together.

Moving right along....My sister got home just as we were getting ready to put the finishing touches on it. She grabbed my camera to take some pictures for us!






The cat garden of 2015 contains:

2 Lemon Thyme
3 Valerian
3 Lemon Grass
3 Bee Balm
12 Snapdragon
Oat Grass in the frame
A row of Catnip behind the frame

According to my Mom's research, these are all plants that appeal to cats. I wonder if it will become the hangout zone for all the cats in the neighborhood?


PS My Mom doesn't actually have a hunchback. :)


Strangely Happy

Friday, May 22, 2015

The First Rose // May 19, 2015

Over the last eight years or so, Memorial Day weekend has become an important transitioning point.  The garden is planted. The grill has been pulled out. The trips to the ranch have begun. The sun is bright and the skies are blue. If you ask me, summer is officially here! 

I just came in from sitting on the patio where I heard the roofers working on Alice's house. The sound of the nail gun made me strangely happy. So many things have been making me feel this way lately. I don't want to forget the sense of knowing and being knowing that living in a small town offers. 

I ran to the grocery store for milk and asparagus the other day. I shared a brief conversation with Ed as he was replenishing the news papers. I reminded Melissa that we all forget something and have to go back through the line every now and then. I listened as Morgan (the new checker) told me about the new video games that she got last weekend. It was all so familiar and I couldn't help but smile as I left. 

This morning I ran into Jordan's Grandpa at the gas station and we chatted even though I'm pretty sure he probably doesn't remember me from all those years ago. I found myself hoping that he did, but not really expecting him to. 

There are so many people on this planet. I love the ways that our lives intersect. As we all focus on doing our own thing, it's amazing how much we all have in common. Another summer is here. Let's enjoy enjoying it together! 

What's been making you strangely happy lately? 



Summer Reading Challenge

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


My goodreads book club is taking a break from our usual schedule and I want to invite all of you to join in!

I've put together a challenge that will help each of us read three books from our own "To Read" lists before summer is over. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, come on over and sign up!

In a nutshell, the challenge goes like this: You will be paired up with someone who will go through your "To Read" list and choose three books for you to read between June 1 and August 31. You'll do the same for them. For all the details or to sign up click HERE.

I'm looking forward to it already!!!


Currently: May 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

April 27, 2015
If you drove by my house this morning you would have found me standing at the edge of the lawn in my slippers with an apron on, drinking my water and watering the alyssum seeds that I planted on Saturday. As I stood there I realized that I am officially becoming my grandparents.

My Mom and I have pretty much been the same person forever. At 24, I'm starting to see a little bit of all of my grandparents coming out. I'm not mad about it. Maybe we'll talk more about this transformation some day...

For now, I'm joining Jenna and Anne for their currently link up. I've got my Grandma's spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove, my garden spots have all been watered, the laundry has been sorted and started, and now I'm settling in with a little Sam Cooke radio and an iced coffee.

Designing: Gardens and menus. I planted cosmos, alyssum, sugar snap peas, and green beans on Saturday. I've got cucumber seeds soaking and I want to pick up some New Zealand spinach seeds next time I get to town. Summer weather has settled in! It's got me scrambling to remember what my go-to weeknight dinners are. What are yours?

Enjoying: LIFE! We just got back from a long weekend at Lake Chelan on Wednesday. I went to the ranch on Friday to cook up some stuff with Darlene and Anna and we had such a great time. Ruth floated in and out of the kitchen and everybody gathered together for lunch. Any day at the ranch is a good day! I'll tell you this: we've been going a mile a minute lately.

Ordering: I'll tell you what I WANT to order. I want to go to Bantam Chef and get a hamburger, onion rings, and a sweet tea. Doesn't that just sound good?

Celebrating: My sister's birthday, mother's day, ranch days, the Cut Throat Kitchen finale, summer, the first blooms in my cutting garden, the list goes on and on....Oh, and today is Victoria Day by the way. Jayda, how does Canada celebrate this day?

Tasting: The week of Cinco de Mayo I ate some sort of Mexican food pretty much every single day. I didn't do it on purpose, it just kind of happened and it was wonderful! Aside from that there have been lots of hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, and eggs cooked every which way!

What have you been up to lately? 

As you age, who are you turning into?