Worn Wear

7 Dec

In light of Patagonia’s new campaign Worn Wear I thought I would post my own. I do have some excellent Patagonia pieces that I’ve had for a few years now but the item deserving my worn wear story is my Sorel Boots. Today was the first snow of the season and it just kept coming down so I dug around in the closet and found my moms Sorels. They keep my feet nice and toasty.
My mom was given these boots as a gift 20+ years ago and 2 years ago she passed them on to me.

Chewbacca loves snow days.
Snow Day

Past Adventures

4 Dec

Since we haven’t been posting consistently I wanted to post about our trip down the Pacific Coastline back in April. We had 1 week and our goal was to make it down to San Luis Obispo to see Larry and Jesselle and then back up through Napa to drink some yummy wine and see old friends and then home.













Oh darling, let’s be adventurers

21 Oct

Our adventures in the last year have been so many, and all happening so quickly, that we haven’t had a chance to update the blog. We’ve had quiet moments too, but none that we wanted to spend updating.

We got married! We are now Mr. and Mrs. Simpers. It was such a beautiful day, filled with so much love that when I think about it I tear up a little and I feel like my heart is expanding out of my chest (http://www.adventuresinmanifesting.org/healthwell-being/science-and-energy-healing/). Wedding

The other thing that has completely blown us out of the water is that we’re starting a winery! We launched a kickstarter website that was successfully funded, once again causing us to feel so much from everyone around us we’ve been completely blown away.

So now we’re just riding this wave of an adventure full of love and community. Tarnna’s finishing up her Masters in Education, powering through homework like an old locomotive. And Brendan’s working at Syncline and finishing up our harvest for Willow Wine Cellars, good thing Harvest is so much fun.

So while our adventures are long processes, we sure have piled on every exciting thing we could do.

South to East Journey: Part 1-South

22 Sep

The first leg of our flight was PDX-Vegas. Once we arrived at the Vegas airport we played some slots (the Star Wars ones of course). Won $20 and used it on some beverages. We had decided on the cheaper flight plan, which translates to more layovers to get from Portland to Huntsville Alabama. Not that there were any DIRECT flights to Huntsville to choose from. Our flight from Vegas to Houston, TX was delayed because “the engines weren’t working right” but after 45 minutes sitting in the plane they decided to let us know it wasn’t the engine that flies the plane, it’s the engine that powers it while it’s sitting…..yikes. We arrived in Houston to find we’d missed our connection to Huntsville. They put on the next flight (2 hours later), and we called Dan to let him know we’d be much later than planned.

But we got there! And our bad moods were quickly fixed by hanging out with our great friend Dan! Tuscumbia Alabama is a pretty beautiful place. The Tennessee river flows through town, the Northern Alabama University has actual lions on campus and I am not one for BBQ but daaaaaaammmnnnn that sandwich was good. The air is wonderfully thick-the feel and sounds.

Dan drove us all over and then we headed back to his house for some dinner. His family owns the house and it really is on the only hill in the area (at least the only I could see for MILES). There’s an old bell, a water tower, and a view of….well….what looked like all of Alabama. We climbed the water tower and drank beers. Even though Brendan and I rock climbing, it was pretty intimidating without a rope. It was awesome. Dan made us homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. We drank The Pines wine we had given him the last time he was out to see us. And then we just sat on the porch and chatted while we watched a couple late fireflies.

We had quite the excursion the next day trying to find a rental car which we’ll hit more of that story in Part II. We wanted to spend so much more time with Dan in Alabama but we had to make it up to D.C. by the next morning so we got our rental car headed up through Nashville and up to D.C. In Nashville we stopped by The Grand Ole Opry and in an awesome twist of events got to visit with The Bovee family (my first grade teacher). And to top off the long lovely drive, we drove through the Cumberland Gap towards Johnson City, Tennessee (thanks OCMS). The first leg of the journey was over, we arrived home in Centreville @ 5a.m.

It’s been Ages

12 Sep

It looks like the both of us managed to go the whole summer without posting. We managed to have 3 days off a week together, but our adventures consisted mainly of gardening, vineyard work, work on my Masters, and a couple small travels.

The vineyard looks great, the garden does too. And we managed 1 grand trip from Alabama to Baltimore which I will post more on later.

Here comes the sun…

24 Jun

The middle school is finally out for the summer, we have intermittent June sun & showers, and the summer crowd is slowly arriving. The last few weeks have been especially busy as school ended and I picked up shifts at Alma Terra, and B took on an acre and a half of vineyard. Our first fly fishing trip of season is planned for next week up at Goose Lake, we’re hoping to build some more skills in that this summer.

Our chickens are finally out of the house! How is it that watching chickens can be so entertaining and enjoyable? They’re not as interactive as dogs, but it’s like they have a better understanding of the moment than other animals. Some days it would certainly be nice for my only worry to be to scratch at the ground and get really excited when those big tall things bring some oats or compost over. B built a great chicken run for them. And my whole family pitched in to help, Dad and Donna came over. And my brother stopped in and helped as well. “Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

We’ve managed to get a few paddles in, but it has definitely been better for the kiters and windsurfers.


Friends from Astoria

31 May

One of the things I love about Brendan is his ability to make friends. I mean, clearly, he is one of the nicest people in the entire world so it’s not like it would be difficult. I think because he has such an open heart he really draws people in. And because of this we end up meeting some really neat people. Even though we’re both jamming every possibly moment full; both of us with work and classes, our pups, our new chickens and building a chicken coop, and a project vineyard Brendan has recently taken on, the garden and yard, we took last night off when Brendan met a couple in the tasting room. We hung out at the tasting room for a bit and then jaunted over to Brian’s for some calamari. It’s always nice to come together with good people. And this just following the visit of Brendan’s best friend from the east coast.


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