Monday, monday…

Dear Country Mouse,

It was so nice to chat on the phone today, even if just for a few minutes. After we got off I spent my morning drawing:

Then we managed to hit the woods for a bit. (we are planning our future wilderness living)

The drawing I worked on is for our one-year anniversary of opening the pie truck. So exciting! We will be making T shirts to wear, and sell, what do you think? 

Hope you had a nice day off; free of too much other work : )

     Sending lots of love,
               City Mouse

    P.S. We are considering getting a puppy. Talk me out of it!


Thoughts… creation… a doll maker… a circle back round…

Ooo, I just read a wonderful post, by a most wonderful doll maker. I love hearing from people who feel similarly about the process of making things. Too often and too easily we are “taught” how to do things. I make an immense effort to guide rather than teach artistic processes. I notice this most lately via the pie-truck. Teaching people how to cook is such a tender occupation. I don’t mean they come for classes, I mean more that the folk so far who have helped out at the pie-truck are far from experienced or knowledgeable in the practice of cooking. 
Right from the beginning I was very sure I wanted, not to have them follow my recipe, for even I don’t bother to do that most days, but to hone the understanding of what was happening as they put ingredients together. They do use the recipes, but more as bench markers and arrows pointing in the direction of a fabulous pie, or amazing soup. 
I notice the same thing as my kiddos grow with their drawing, or my daughter asks for help with her sewing. I am terrified of giving too much instruction, scared they will rely on rules rather than discovered notions. 
As a somewhat impatient person, I loath directions, recipes and instructions. Trial and error are my best friend. I have tried to discover why, and finally thirty-three years into this life I truly understand my determination to make several disasters before I finally find the correct path. It is because I feel like an explorer; I feel my own discovery is mine, and to top that, I understand why and how what I did worked. 
I wrote a similar post several years back, it made me smile because somehow we can never get away from ourselves. I have found bits in my teenage diaries that ring true like I am writing them for the first time today.
Thanks for reading my rant, I recommend you check out Fig & Me, she got me inspired even after my dawn to dusk day at the truck. 
                                                                                      ~ Marica


A long talked with my dad tonight. I love talks with my dad—
we hit on a level of understanding I don’t collided with very often.
I feel a sense of bvroom, it’s lots like what Dr Seuss talks about when he says 
the littlest cat pulled out Voom, and it all went back where it should be.
I find that piece in myself when we talk. I find it when I am out it the wilderness too. It happens in moments when I don’t mean it, and I can find it deep at the bottom center when I look and seek it—most of the time. It is a calm bllllllmmmmm, a feeling of a plane pouring out in every direction forever and ever until it meets a dark circle and then bright yellow brown light holding it in. There is no word it is only a witness, a me witnessing the expanse of bvroom.

I talk with my good friend who is far away back home, as many mornings as I possible can. We are often our other piece that helps us through. We concur on our issues and remind each other of the strengths we both have and will grown on. I sometimes get caught in my whine, my tired meandering of “I don’t want to open the pie truck today, I just want to stay home, do dishes, sleep, curl up and crawl under the rug.” We fuss about little things and discuss our burdens of money and how to better handle our stresses. We commend each others efforts and remind each other we are humans, women in fact, and women-humans have lived for so long, always with depth and need to sort out thoughts and frustrations. Men too. I don’t leave out men. Though I often feel women demand more talking.
But under all those conversations we both know about the bvroom. 
Sometimes we have to be reminded, but then we remember it’s there,
we feel it, it is always therethe bvroom. 

                                                         Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
                                                                       ~ Marica

Flowers and Tomatoes…


Dear Country Mouse,

How is your week going? Did the rain come? I took today off. I still plan to head down and putt around the pie-truck a bit, help get it open, but I mostly plan to have a leisure day at home. Hooray, there are never enough of those.

Did Alena like Annalisa’s work? It really makes me want to get out needle and thread and make some pictures for my wall. Readers, you can still enter to win a print of her work…

The plant nursery near my house says they’ll have tomato plants in by today. I’m so excited to pick some up get them in the soil. The sky is gray and dripping just enough to be perfect for planting.

I just read a very invigorating blog post on Floret Flower’s Farm Journal, totally inspiring for my tiny backyard… and yours? She has such a lovely blog, but this post is so inspiring as it tells about a Toronto based florist, Sarah Nixon who grows her gardens in other peoples yards. Grass roots or what??? I spend so much time trying to figure a plan for my wee yard. Remember when we used to sit in my half-acre expanse and ooo and ahhh over all the space? Well now we both have mini plots to work with. I say it’s a fun challenge.

All right beautiful lady,

Let’s talk soon!

             City Mouse

P.S. Kiss the kids for me!

Raw Spice Bar… a giveaway…

I am very excited to offer a giveaway from Raw Spice Bar. I was recently contacted by lovely Rebecca, who sent me the most wonderful spice blends. She said Raw Spice Bar is an innovative spice subscription where you receive a package of three freshly ground spice blends each month. The cool part too is they include recipes for how to use the spices they send. I have to admit I loved the chai blend so much I added a dash to my tea… 
Thanks to Rebecca, I can offer one reader a two-month subscription for free. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite spices are. I’ll start with I love cardamom!
This is a delicious almond-chai cake my sweet-potato of an eleven-year-old surprised me with…
                                Cheers, and I’ll draw a winner at random next Sunday.
                                                             ~ Marica

~ Jessica Edwards is the winner of this giveaway! 
Please contact me with info on where to send your spice subscription ~

2Hands2Tails… a giveaway!

Dear Country Mouse,
I found the neatest artist, Annalisa Bollini, through Etsy. She is based out of Italy and does the most wonderful unique art. I love it! Her shop is called2Hands2Tails.  I think Alena would be inspired too, so please show her these pictures…

textile art, blogger, italian artist
I contacted Annalisa to ask if she would offer a piece for a giveaway for our readers. She happily agreed. So, if you’re reading out there… Check out Annalisa’s2Hands2Tails shop and then mention which piece is your favorite in the comment section below: blooming fish, ice cream forest, the lion horse, mosquitonkey or snail bird. Winner will receive a print of their favorite listed. 

Drawing for the winner will be held on April 25th.
       Anyway, I miss you lovely Country Mouse!
                City Mouse

Shall we hike?


Today I snuck away from the truck early to hike a small round of Sauvie Island. It is mostly a large meadow with old oaks covered in moss and lichen.  We were met by cows as we drove up the gravel road to park…


It has been a while since I was is such a wide open field and it made me want to run and jump like a pony…

I took extra special care to stop and capture pictures of mushrooms. I figure if we ever manage to shrink, we’ll need to have made our acquaintance with most of these lovely specimens… Which one shall we live under? Or we can keep looking for one with a wider brim… 

Hope you are having a good week!

Sending love,

     City Mouse

P.S.  Tea?

One Treat After Another…

It is here, it has arrived, my newest book, One Treat After Another, has officially been released! We had a little trouble getting it out the door, there were cover problems and then a print mishap which led to the book coming out a month after its original release date. But now, hurray, here it is…
Thank you to Mayo, at Escargot Books, who so patiently helped the process through, the book is now possible to order on Amazon, and will be available at other major bookshops soon…
childrens books
Please go check it out… I am so excited, this book was made when my kiddos were little, which is quite a few years ago as the planet turns, and only now is finally in print form. Amazing how time and space are always trying to catch up with intention—
A rainy-day Monday, and bursting with the motion of forward, onward…
                                                                Hope Everyone is well!
                                                                      Cheers ~

Spring, I love you!

Well I’m sitting in the pie truck, spring rain pouring down, I can’t tell you how much I love this time of year. I loved it when I lived in dry, hot California; all the blooms and the still green wild grass, but I love it even more here, in beautiful Northern Oregon… 
 I get serious Beatrix Potter fever—the intense desire for plant pots, damp earth and wet laundry; wet from the sudden cloud burst that this rotation of the planet brings…  
shoots, springtime, porltand blogger,
I think if I could curl up and crawl into a story book I would have to choose one from either Beatrix Potter
Or Elsa Beskow. Both ladies have such a touch for vivid, tiny life… 
elsa beskow, children's illustration, art,
Speaking of artists, I was asked by a very neat company called Minted to write a review. They are an online resource for independently designed products such as stationary, gift wrap, stickers, notebooks, calenders and even fabric. The cool part about this site is that they promote individuals as the designers. It is a unique format where anyone can submit a design and then their work is voted on by the Minted community. Winners will see their designs available through the site. I love stuff like this, such a fun way for unknown artists to show their work. 
I liked the hand-done, vintage feel of their new wedding invitation selection
So many tasteful, simple designs… 
I highly recommend you check them out… 
Send some designs in and leave a link here so I can vote YES!!! 
                         Anyway, sending all my best to all you lovely ones out there. 
                                                                Happy spring!

Launching: Dear Country Mouse…

Hello Everyone Lovely,

I am so excited to post about a new blog my goodest friend Robin and I are Launching:
Please stop by and check it out!
                                         All my best!