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.


Life, Photography, Writing


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

Life, Photography

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.