About Me and Why I Blog

I started this blog on a hot summer day in 2012. While our screen door banged shut as my swimsuit-clad daughters traipsed in and out of the house, I sat hunched over a keyboard trying to figure out blogging engines and how to upload pictures. All of this was uncharacteristic of me; I hate figuring things out on computers, I’d always thought blogging was a waste of time–Why don’t people just live their life instead of trying to record it?, and I’d almost always rather be outside than indoors. But that was the day I’d seen my husband Stan building a mini-kayak in our garage and I knew I wanted to write about it.

Suddenly, creating a blog became urgent. I wanted to write about the bright yellow kayak but also about the garlic curing overhead, the tattered lawn chairs piled in the corner, the small greenhouse with the shattered glass and the debris on the cement floor. I wanted to write about our experiments, ideas and relationships, without ignoring the messy details. And so, while the August sun shone, I began making this site my writing home.

I’m glad you’ve stopped by–I’d love to offer you a cup of chamomile tea from my garden but all I’ve got here are words. Hopefully some are sharp enough that you start to hear the water boil, see the delicate white petals tumble into the steaming pot and smell their apple fragrance.

Thanks for reading,


Ps. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on any post or contact me at wonderscaperetreats@gmail.com!

5 thoughts on “About Me and Why I Blog

  1. Hi
    I really enjoyed your blog about why I can’t invite you over.
    It was really good! I knew Tara B. from living in Thunderbay
    Years ago and she posted you on her Facebook
    Wall– so I stopped by. 🙂 recently , I started a blog too,
    but I don’t like the website or format.. Wondering if this website
    Is free? Or is there a monthly fee?

  2. Hi! I’m your sister, Tara’s, niece, Anika. I am also Isabella’s cousin. I blog over at anikaavenue.blogspot.com. I was talking about my blog when Grandma Becky told me about your bog, and I decided to check it out! This looks really cool!

    • Anika, it’s so great to hear from you! I’ve heard lots about you! I am happy that you visited my blog and I think it’s awesome that you started your own. I hope you have fun with it! I’ll go check your site right now:)

      • Thanks! I’ve always wanted to meet Tara’s side of the family…. Bella tells me that one of her other cousins wants to be a chef. Me, my sister (Karissa), and Bella plan a lot about the cafe that we will someday own. I think it would be fun for all the cousins from both sides to own one cafe! Or maybe a chain of cafes….. I don’t know – but it would be a lot of fun to meet Bella’s other cousins! 😀

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