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Hang in there baby, Spring is coming - from the Whistling Gardener

There are two main factors that drive plant growth, light and temperature. Ever since December 21st the days have been getting longer and the nights shorter. This will continue to happen until we get to the Summer Solstice in June when the cycle will reverse itself.

I think we can all agree that February has been a stinker of a month this year. Cold, wet, windy and even some snow was about all we could manage this month. This is not the kind of weather that draws us out into our gardens. I for one have had zero motivation to get anything accomplished and while that lack of motivation has immobilized me, Mother Nature has hardly skipped a beat. Here is why.

Eat, sleep, love – The three pillars of Ayurveda wellness

Ayurveda recognizes three main pillars of wellbeing: proper diet, sufficient sleep and loving relationships. When kept in balance, these three pillars keep us healthy, happy and fulfilled and promote good digestion, proper detoxification and increase vitality and contentment.

Ayurveda recognizes three main pillars of wellbeing: proper diet, sufficient sleep and loving relationships. When kept in balance, these three pillars keep us healthy, happy and fulfilled and promote good digestion, proper detoxification and increase vitality and contentment. When out of balance we may experience digestive discomfort; feel disconnected from our partners, family and friends; become exhausted and stressed; and experience a host of other imbalances.

Forever home cat of the week - Sienna

Sienna was found as a feral kitten, 10-12 weeks old, in the fall of 2012. She is actually quite a sweet cat, loves to sleep with her human and to be petted. She comes when called, especially if she knows you have Temptation treats!

Sienna was found as a feral baby, 10-12 weeks old, in the fall of 2012. She was almost trapped, spayed, and returned to live wild, but there was no one feeding the cats at that site; her rescuer knew she would likely starve. So – Sienna went to a multi-cat home, one where the cats are allowed to go indoor/outdoor through a cat door. Her new human specifically takes in young semi-feral kittens to give them a chance to tame down in time, then find a new home.

Northwest Reads from University Book Store: “Make Me a Mother,” by Susanne Antonetta, from W.W. Norton

“Make Me a Mother,” is Susanne Antonetta’s unflinchingly honest account of how adopting a five month old South Korean boy, “redrew the map of her world.”

In 1997, after months of anticipation, Susanne Antonetta rushed to SeaTac Airport to meet her infant son Jin. Anxiously sipping martinis with Antonetta hours earlier, a friend muses, “You could be in labor right now.” From here the book follows a loose chronology, tracing the first few months of bonding, through a playful early childhood, into a moody adolescence. Beginning at age eight, Jin is teased for being adopted as well as for being Asian, despite living in an ostensibly uber-progressive Bellingham neighborhood where children had names like “Bliss,” “Sequoia,” and “Butterfly.”

20 inspiring quotes on life, love, happiness, and gratitude

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

Forever home dog of the week - PCarroll

PCarroll is a two year old female Dachshund mix. She is from a shelter in California and was just transferred into our rescue. PCarroll is a very sweet and loving little girl. She is content being next to you at all times. She will also follow you from room to room. She is fully potty trained and crate trained. She does have separation anxiety and will whine if you are not near her. She is very skinny and when fed she eats quite a bit. Hopefully she will put on a few more pounds soon.

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