grief

Richard Cabe inflating our brand-new kayak at Frantz Lake, September 2009. Richard Cabe inflating our brand-new kayak at Frantz Lake, September 2009.

I usually post on this blog once a week, often on Sunday night. Last weekend though, I was involved in negotiations related to the sale contract on Terraphilia.

Sandra D. Lynn and granddaughter Skye Sandra D. Lynn and granddaughter Skye

Last Wednesday morning, on my long drive to Western Washington, I stopped to check email in Spanish Fork on Utah's Wasatch Front, between spearing peaks and sprawling suburbs.

My house, shot by Terraphilia Resident Robin MacDonald-Foley. Thanks, Robin! The house and attached guest cottage--photo by Terraphilia Resident Robin MacDonald-Foley.
Installing the top row of the blue styrofoam footer forms on a windy afternoon. Installing the blue styrofoam footer forms on a windy afternoon. (We're still "below ground." The tops mark the floor level of the new house.)
My 7-pound pneumatic nailer
My office with the desk Richard built to fit into the bay of windows overlooking the kitchen garden, town and the mountains.

Two extraordinary hand-made books have landed on my desk recently, one printed conventionally but written in the author's fluid calligraphy and illustrated from her field-journals, and the other entirely hand-made, even the paper.

Richard and Molly with Isis on a hike.

Some years back, I wrote an newspaper column titled "Learning Forgiveness" about our Great Dane, Isis.

Luminarias line the walks, colored lights shine from the front porch, and Salida's "Christmas Mountain," a 700-foot-tall outline of a tree with ornaments on a hill across the river, glows in the left background.
Molly Cabe and Carol Ley, harpist for Angel of Shavano Hospice, play a duet in our living room, November, 2011
Family photos and special objects in an everyday altar-grouping in my bedroom.
Richard on the Big Sur Coast, California
Local beets topped by mixed greens and local goat cheese with a lemon vinaigrette, plus grilled rock shrimp. Yum!
Richard talking about his sculpture work, Salida Artposium, Colorado Art Ranch. (Photo by Grant Pound, courtesy of Colorado Art Ranch)
Our trusty Subaru Forester on a gravel road in northwestern Colorado, laying down another "thread" across the landscapes we loved to explore.
My Wonder Woman silver bracelet, a gift from Salida artist and friend Susan Bethany
Richard, Molly, and me looking a little shell-shocked after our unexpected Episcopal wedding, 29 years ago today.
Richard's favorite bucket-cap, still hanging on the rocking chair in the bedroom