Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde

A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods

While the east coast gets a heavy snow, we continue with boring, damp, moist weather. Sure, we may have to wash off the moss from between our toes now and again, but this is way better in my opinion.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

We get one of these every year along with a Panetonne. The latter are MUCH smaller these days. But they’re both still as tasty as they’ve ever been. An annual indulgence to brighten these dark days.

Life Goes On And On

Life Goes On And On

Joyce Carol has been tending to this Christmas Cactus for so long, neither of us can remember when it started. We agree it used to be much larger. She took cuttings many years ago and has managed to keep it alive. Still amazes me.

My Trophy Wife

My Trophy Wife

A few years ago, we got serious about our health. Low-carb, intermittent fasting, walking, etc. Today she tipped the scales at 125, the same as she was 45 years ago when we married. Very proud of her. We celebrated at our favorite local spot that’s still open. To show she’s still wild and crazy after all these years: she took her mask off for this photo. Rebel.

One Dead Salmon

One Dead Salmon

We stopped by the Landsburg park looking for salmon as we always do in October. There was one dead salmon and that was it. Disappointed.

Lookin’ For Love

Lookin’ For Love

Two does just went bounding through our yard followed closely by this guy. Game on!

Evening Sky Show

Evening Sky Show

Saturn, Jupiter and the moon about an hour after sunset. An unexpected celestial show in the midst of cold, autumn weather moving in.

Teach Your Children Well

Teach Your Children Well

Our 15-year-old grandson got his first lesson on the chainsaw today. With our son coaching him and recording for posterity, I kept thinking of my dad and woodcutting during my youth and the years my son accompanied us on our own firewood adventures. Heating with wood takes a lot of work and commitment. The reward is a cozy home on the coldest days…and moments like this.

Red Planet, Red Moon

Red Planet, Red Moon

A little over two hours before sunrise. Mars and the moon look other-worldly through the heavy smoke hanging over the west coast. OH, wait! They are other worlds.

Giant Marshmallows

Giant Marshmallows

The annual harvest is well under way. Spotted them from Snohomish down to Buckley. Looks like a good crop this year. Great for s’mores.