Cathartic Ink

putting my own spin on things

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Oregon Wine Country

I’m on vacation but Cathartic Ink is not. Enjoy these posts, and I’ll be back with even more content after the end of my Great New England Tour of Aught Nine One of the many great things about living in the Willamette Valley is that it’s the heart of wine making in Oregon. There are read more


Constantly Playing Catchup

It seems like the more I try to slow things down and enjoy them, the faster time flies. In the past month I’ve been to a wedding shower, a wedding rehearsal and a wedding (yay! Jodie and Anthony). Then I got bronchitis and a hefty hit of fall allergies followed by a big overhaul of read more


A Day at the Fair, Animal Edition

At the Lane County Fair I saw: Alaskan Racing Pigs (these are babies in training): Stubborn as a Goat (or a little girl in a tutu): Fancy Lady in a Bonnet: The goats are from the Goat Gala, or the dressed up goat parade. My family raised dairy goats when I was a child so read more



Today I turned 28. It’s 10:15pm and I’ve had what feels like one of the most love and joy filled birthdays I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. It’s been low-key. A few gifts from people I love most. A good dinner with my husband. Knitting group and phone calls from loved ones. Emails and twitter read more


Mushroom Soup

Now that we’re at least partly settled in the new place, I am getting used to an electric stove/oven after almost five years of cooking with gas. I grew up with a gas stove, it’s natural to me. Electric–especially the stovetop–is highly frustrating but I’m getting used to it again. My husband loves soups. I’m read more