I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2017 


i woke to a text that he was on his way to the lodge
safe and sound, blue sky and warmth
the fog never lifted at home
i ran errands and spent some time with justin
and walked the dog when i got home
the fog so dense it was magical and quiet
my mama heart has a small fracture
but also full of gratitude for closeness and love
tonight i fix myself a nice dinner and had a glass of wine
while gary drives home over the mountains 

the day was used for a few chores
the gym, a walk, car cleaning
the weather was almost spring like
later we went out to dinner, pizza and wine
and the most amazing cauliflower dish
that i will try and recreate at home
there was a long talk with dawn 
and a shorter one with brandon 

it was a quiet day full of rain and gray sky
so wet the dog and i didn't even walk
there was dinner in the crockpot 
and reading for me while he watched the game
i think the only chore i did was unload the dishwasher

it poured rain all day
and neither one of us left the house
until he left in the late afternoon for the week
in the meantime he watched the games and got his
new office in order 
and the dog and i read between loads of laundry


the blue sky and sun were misleading
i wanted so badly to work in the yard
but even bundled up the ground was too cold
for my hands to work in
we came in and he begged to play
and so we did
and later on i made banana bread

the weather was such a gift
that i told the dog we needed to get outside
after an oil change, where he flirted with 
the woman at the counter,
we headed to Flaming Geyser Park 
where the river was so high and fast
and the sun was glorious 

she came for lunch
just her, and she sat and knitted 
while we talked about time
and how it is our own now
and how we struggle a bit
we talked about how to give ourselves permission
and how we can't wait for gardening season
to begin