torn up


My step-dad passed away yesterday morning while I was there. My mom, brother and I were there to hold his hand and tell him much we love him as he was taking his last breath and I’m so glad he had us all there to help him to the other side.

I’m just so torn up though. I will write about the experience at some point. I think I need to. Today though, I just need to grieve.

Making Kombucha Tea

jelly jars full of Tea

Jelly jars full of tea

I forgot to take pictures when I checked on my first batch of Kombucha Tea. I’ve already gone through the first batch and it was really delicious. I took out the mushroom and put it in a jar for safekeeping overnight while I washed the big glass jar in the dishwasher.

The Mushroom

Our SCOBY had grown a “baby” so we peeled it off and threw it away. If we had a compost we would have composted it. We put the fermented tea in glass jelly jars, as you can see above. When the jar was washed we put in our newly steeped tea and the SCOBY to ferment for the next batch that will be done in about 10 days.

The tea is great! It’s nice and sweet and has little bit of oomph to it. Ours has a bit of a blueberry taste because of the blueberry tea I’ve been using. I’m looking forward to trying other herbal tea flavors to see how they affect the flavor of the finished product.

I recommend buying it at a health food store to try it out first before you decide to make it at home. It is definitely an acquired taste. And, honestly, the SCOBY looks and feels kind of icky so if you have an aversion to slimy things you won’t like making the tea. And if you do decide to make it yourself it is an ongoing process. But the great thing is that you will have an endless supply of Kombucha tea.




I’m still not sure if I should share what is going on here on the blog. It is still kind of raw at the moment. I do know that I will be going home to Spokane for Thanksgiving after all. Perhaps I can talk more about it when I come back.

Since I won’t have internet access and I’ll be busy with family I am pre-posting a few posts for the next couple of days. I’m not sure if that’s against the rules of NaBloPoMo but eff it. I’ve kind of lost my wind regarding that, anyway.

Columbia Gorge

Columbia Gorge

Columbia GorgeI had a couple of blog posts planned for this week but I got some bad news yesterday and I’m trying hard to just hold my shit together. So here’s a photo for you that I took over the weekend. It was taken at Bridal Veil, a waterfall along the Columbia Highway. That’s Highway 84 and the Columbia River in the picture.

Crafty Monday: Zick Zack Tunic progress


I picked up my Zick Zack Tunic again and am making some great progress. I finished the back a couple of months ago and am now working on the front. I’m almost completed the decreases. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I can’t wait to finish this and wear it. Looking at the finished pieces on Ravelry, it is one of those designs that looks great on everyone. It will be a nice addition to my work wardrobe.

3 waterfalls


If you ever find yourself at Multnomah Falls and are irritated by the large crowds, might I suggest a  prettier location, not too far away? If you drive a mile or so East on the Historic Columbia River Highway you will find Horsetail Falls. There you will find a trail-head for a really easy, fun, beautiful hike that will take you to some gorgeous, of-the-beaten-path waterfalls.

behind Ponytail FallsThis is exactly what we did yesterday. We decided to try the Columbia Gorge again, forgoing Multnomah for one of the lesser-known spots. The trail switched up a hill giving us really pretty views of the Autumn foliage along the Columbia River. The trail itself was nice and wide and very well kept. I loved the mossy wall of lava rock that lined it on the way up. The hill climbed higher and higher and my fear response to heights started to kick in slightly but, as I said, the path was wide enough to settle me a bit. we continued to wind around until we came to Ponytail Falls, otherwise known as Upper Horsetail Falls. As we hiked along we were delighted to find that the trail takes you behind the actual waterfall! How fun! You can see the picture that I took to the left.
We continued on our way around a few bends and I heard Raf laughing loudly. He shouted back to me, “Your not going to find this very comforting.” As I reached him I saw what he was talking about. It was a small placard that said,

In Memory of Glen W. Replogle. He fell from a cliff East of Horsetail Falls.


I prowled around the area, wondering whether or not this was, indeed, the cliff in which Mr. Replogle met his untimely demise. And then Rafael reminded me that I was standing on a cliff soaked with water and mud and that I should probably not stand on the edge of it. And I backed onto the main trail.

Oneonta FallsWe continued on our way and found ourselves nearing Oneonta Bridge Falls. We saw a weeping cliff on the approach to it, which I thought was kind of interesting. We got down to the bridge and Raf said, You aren’t going to like this bridge, he just having crossed it before me (since he tends to wander ahead). He was kind of right because you could see right down through it and that tends to freak me out a bit (with my fear of heights and all). So I crossed the bridge without looking down and that worked just fine. When I got to the end of the bridge I managed to use it as a makeshift tripod so I could take a picture of it.

The rest of the hike was rather uneventful. Well, except for the beautiful flowers and ferns that we saw. We switched back down the hill, back to the old Columbia Highway, and walked the road to the parking lot where our car was parked. Along the way we crossed the Oneonta Gorge and found a really cool tunnel that was once part of the highway.

We had a great time! We plan to explore more of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the near future.