• Week of Feb 28

    I’m beginning my thirty-third year. You can read some reflections on my thirty-second year and the directions I’d like my thirty-third year to take. Regular reminder for myself: Remember the days when you wished for what you have now. It helps reframe your current feelings and helps you take a longer view. I met up […]

  • Migrate your Etsy Shop to your own website

    Etsy recently hit sellers with a 30% fee increase on sales, not including the processing fees, listing fees, platform store fee, and marketing fees (opt-in) they charge. They are taking quite a cut from indie sellers! They do provide a nice service and a built-in community. But indie sellers that have their own social following […]

  • Thirty-two

    I turn 32 today, and since I’m blogging more, I’d like to kick off a tradition of writing birthday posts, a la ma.tt. This past year was incredibly challenging, both at home and at work. With the stress of the pregnancy, a difficult period at work, and the uncertainty of the changing pandemic situation, the […]

  • Week of Feb 21

    Small seasons update: The beginnings of crocuses started popping up in the front flowerbeds, trees are starting to bud out, and taps are in the sugar maple trees. Thanks to a reminder on Instagram from my friend Erin Carlson, I sowed poppy seeds during nap time this week. Hungarian Blue Breadseed and Icelandic Grey poppies. […]

  • Week of Feb 14

    Last week I posted about writing descriptions of the small seasons in the lower Hudson Valley. I now have a page going for that with two entries. You can find that over at https://notes.cagrimmett.com/outdoors/small-seasons-of-the-lower-hudson-valley/ Ice melts, daffodils start to pop out of the ground. Stink bugs wake up. Small Seasons of the Lower Hudson Valley […]

  • Understanding Conversations with Tyler

    I’m catching up on podcasts I’ve missed from the past few months. In the Conversations with Tyler 2021 Retrospective, producer Jeff Holmes challenged long-time listeners to put together a guide to understanding the podcast for new listeners. CWT is one of my favorite podcasts and one of only three podcasts that I’ve attended a live […]

  • Week of Feb 7

    It is warm enough again to take Charlie on daily walks in the woods, which I’m excited about. I’m glad to be able to introduce him to nature early. We saw a couple of robins this week. Apparently not all robins migrate, but I haven’t seen others this winter, so I’m taking this sighting as […]

  • Week of Jan 31

    Thoughts Charlie turned six months this week! He is growing so quickly and gaining a lot of core strength and coordination. I bet he’ll be crawling in the next month. Public education suffers from many things, chief amongst them is the complete lack of autonomy most students face for the majority of their childhood. The […]

  • Week of Jan 24

    I’ve been reading Jeremy Felt’s weekly posts for the past year and decided to write my own. Thoughts Dinners go better when I plan them out a day in advance. Gone are the days when I don’t give dinner a thought until it is time to cook. Speaking of “gone are the days”, I now […]

  • Currently reading

    Since my son was born ~two months ago, my reading has shifted away from physical books into audiobooks and ebooks. I’m spending 90% of my time with one or both hands occupied, which is a bad strategy for reading physical books. It is much easier to hold and turn pages on the Kindle than a […]

  • Assorted Links, 16Aug2021

    SuperMemo, a tool for learning and not forgetting. 2008 Wired magazine article on the founder, the other Woz. Discussion on Hacker News. Woz’s wiki/digital garden is cool, too. (h/t Hacker News) The Query Loop block introduced in WordPress 5.8 is one of the most underrated new features of WordPress Core. It opens up a lot […]

  • Meet Charlie

    Amanda and I had a baby boy who came four weeks early. His name is Charlie. He is wonderful and we are so glad for the extra time with him.

    Meet Charlie
  • Wineberry Flaugnarde

    New post over at Cook Like Chuck:

    Wineberry Flaugnarde
  • Finished the Skin-on-frame Adirondack Guideboat

    I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Detailed build post coming soon. Until then, I’ll be out rowing on the Hudson.

    Finished the Skin-on-frame Adirondack Guideboat
  • Two wildflowers from a walk: Mullein and Ghost Pipe

    I never remember the name of Mullein, Latin name Verbascum thapsus (left/first photo), so I thought I’d blog it in an attempt to remember. Fun facts about the Mullein: It does not flower until the second year, and an individual flower is only open for a single day. The second I saw for the first […]

    Two wildflowers from a walk: Mullein and Ghost Pipe
  • Spoon Carving

    Some spoons, scoops, and spatulas I’ve carved in the past two years: My Process Roughing: I tend to cut out most of my blanks on the bandsaw, though sometimes I axe out my blanks. Occasionally I’ll use a drawknife on my shavehorse. Shaping: I shape with both a Foredom rotary tool and a standard Mora […]

    Spoon Carving
  • What I’m Currently Reading

    Looking for a Ship by John McPhee – Reading this with my friend Jon Richer, with whom I build boats. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson – Just for fun. (By the way, Stephenson has a new book coming out this fall.) Cræft by Alexander Langlands – I focused a lot in the last year on improving […]

  • Making kitchen tools from a log

    A friend gave me some nice cherry logs that I sealed the ends of and let dry for the past year. I haven’t done much of my own milling, but I decided to get one of the logs out and see how much I could make out of it. What I ended up getting out […]

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    Making kitchen tools from a log
  • How my relationship to technology has changed in the past decade

    I used to want every new device and cool gadget. I watched keynotes, preordered things, scouted Kickstarter for the latest and greatest. Now my iPhone is 3 generations behind and I have no intention of upgrading until it dies. I’ve lost count of how many generation behind the iPad I’m writing this on is. I […]