Dr. Susanne Freeborn

Dr. Susanne Freeborn
Bellingham, Washington, USA
November 06
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Below are photos of elements of the design for our main bath remodel.  Some photos are of an element in use in another home, some are from our home because we are using similar materials for the sake of continuity and harmony of design.  In other cases, I have tried to… Read full post »

Testing the common homily my grandmother taught me:  

If a task is once begun,

never leave it till its done.

Be thy labor great or small,

do it well or not at all.

What do you do with a basement room that has retaining walls that… Read full post »

 I saw Freaky here on Saturday, October 7.  She stopped dead in her tracks when she saw me, pretending not to know such a plebian as someone like me who got into the museum on "FREE DAY", but nonetheless, it was obvious that she was up to something!  It is clear… Read full post »

Our beautiful new Master Bedroom Suite

A great deal of inspiration for what we've done came from Sarah Susanka's series of Not So Big House books.  My husband, retired California architect, Dan Edward McMullen and I don't think folks need McMansions to prove something about themselves.  D/

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In September of 2010 I got a bonus and took myself and my husband, Dan the Man, down to Bellingham Millwork to look at flooring.  Thus, began our saga.  I love this place, but it is a place that trouble goes to find its beginnings.  The kind of trouble that involvesRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 9:15PM

Toad Hollow in Summer


Toad Hollow House RulesIn case you can't read it, "this is the exact center of the universe which explains why none of the usual rules apply here."
Another view:
The Rules 2 
Toad Hollow 7/2011 
  Coppertina Ninebark
Coppertina Ninebark
Blackeyed Susans Blackeyed Susans (Rudbekia )… Read full post »
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JUNE 13, 2011 10:29PM

FOR LOVE OF A GARDEN: Autumn Leaf Color Even in Summer

 "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of
strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something
infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance
that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

Rachel Carson

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“Love points the way and Law makes the way possible.”[1]

The Person Who Is Awake

She is awake.

The victory is hers.

She has conquered the world.

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APRIL 4, 2011 6:06PM


Peace Principles 


There was a hog farmer, Brown we will call him, who year after year won first prize at the county fair with his pigs. His neighbors competed each year, but always lost to Farmer Brown's hogs. At last the lot of them threw up their hands andRead full post »

I read about this last night and posted something about it to my Facebook page.  Not many people seemed to be interested, which surprised me.  They like the cheesecake photo from the day before though.   I don't know what to think about that.  I suggest you look at this New… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2011 1:40AM

Favorite Things

Doing stuff with these guys.
 Doing stuff with these guys
Living my life surrounded by art.
 God in the PNW
 Love pottery
I love the way Teaser watches me down in the garden from the safety of the second story deck.  And I love his buddy, Firecat.

 These are books I've read in the past six months or so.  I love them all.  I don't like to give away too much about a book, I wish people wouldn't do that to me either.

I am currently reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.  It reminds me a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2010 4:31AM

Christmas wishes from Toad Hollow

Hipstamatic Christmas Tree 2 
At some point, Jon Stewart said this really amazing thing about living life fully.
"You just have to keep trying to do good work, and hope that it leads to more good work. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, andRead full post »

1. Lingerie & pajamas. Bullshit. What do you really sleep in?

Jammies.  I'd freeze in my sleep with the scant number of blankets my naked husband likes.

2. What’s the one thing in your refrigerator you’re goddamned angry about if someone touches it?

This one just doesn't happen when… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 4:35PM

GNS: Bellingham State of Mind

 This says a whole lot about why I love living in Bellingham best, even after all the other places I have lived...

 Here's an artice in our local paper about this, and it includes the lyrics: 
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 4:07AM

Something to Remember: September 15, 1963


         Sixteenth Street Babtist Church

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in one of the cruelest crimes during the civil

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This is a sermon I gave the Sunday after 9/11.  I don't think I could do better today, and so I share it with you here.  Perhaps the help I offered then will comfort someone still. 

What I would have hoped would happen here in the U.S. did not, and

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Salsa Verde Canning Recipe

Salsa Verde

For the best results, use the freshest organic produce you can and make your sauce as soon after picking as you can manage.  We picked these today in our garden.  Tomorrow, they are going to be canned.


 Our laundry room used to really suck.  I am not an ungrateful person.  I had a laundry room.  I didn't have to go to a laundrymat unless I was washing the blankets or quilts that fit our King size bed.   I thought it sucked that we had all that space… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2010 3:56AM

Ranier Cherry Pie

Dan has been remodeling some things for me.  This organic Ranier Cherry Pie is one of his rewards.  Life is good.
Dan's Ranier Cherry Pie

Not everyone is interested in reading legal decisions.  The one I have pasted in full below this essay says a whole lot about why I loved Mr. Adcock.  He taught me to speak up.  He taught me to personally, and not just theoretically, value free speech and full self-expression.  He… Read full post »

Gardens are full of moments of grace and beauty.  To see them, we have to stop and focus our point of view.  A camera is very helpful in teaching us how to see into the depth of beauty in a garden.  The Limelight Hydrangea leaps out of the dappled shadows in… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2010 9:53AM

The Father Within Me

California Live Oak 

 In early 1957, my father committed suicide by driving his car at high speed into an ancient California Live Oak tree in the San Joaquin Valley somewhere between Fresno and Bakersfield.   My mother says he died instantly.  Because of that night, I've spent most of my life… Read full post »


Mary Ann, George and David Drake

Founders of Big Rock Garden

Extend their gratitude to these special friends who helped to make it real.

You'll have to go to the garden to read the rest my iphone didn't capture the inscription fully. 

Here is the modest screen on… Read full post »