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RIP The Goose

After digging into the bathroom garbage can, Goose finds herself in a bit of a predicament.

After digging into the bathroom garbage can, Goose finds herself in a bit of a predicament.

So, I haven’t written about this yet because, frankly, it makes me want to cry whenever I think about it, but I think it’s finally time.

The Goose, also known as Nico-dog, passed away in May 2009. She was 11? You might remember the tales of our baddington—how she liked to steal food and hide it places, or how she enjoyed nothing quite as much as going through the garbage, or how she destroyed three of my blankets in as many months.

But the Goose was a true friend, an awesome traveling companion, and all-around badass. You couldn’t have asked for a better, more hilarious dog with whom to live. I gotta admit, I hated dogs when I first moved into the Farmhouse (I’m definitely one of those crazy cat people) but the Goose won me over, slowly but surely. I’m pretty sure I was caught giving her pats on more than one occasion.

The Goose had lived a good, long life but she’d finally reached her end. Caterina called from Cali to let us know when it happened. I want to say that she got sick and Caterina had to put her down but I honestly can’t remember what actually happened. All I heard was Rin telling me “Goose” and “died”; everything else I blocked out.

Oh, little Goosington. We miss you!


In other news:

There is so much to tell you about the house; it’s been a pretty exciting summer, let me tell you. The garden is so full of abundance that I don’t know where to start. So I won’t. I’ll wait until I can get my act together and post proper pictures of our garden … and our two very special visitors!

Yeah, that’s kind of a tease. That’s just the kind of animal I am.


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So, I’m in the kitchen of the Farmhouse right now with a slowly growing group of cohorts for a night of dinner and music in celebration of the equinox and, you know, life in general. We just talked to our beloved former roomie Caterina, who’s chillin’ out in California right now. Rin’s going to visit her soon-ish and I’m extra jealous. She promised to give the Goose lots of pets for me!

All’s well in Farmhouse land. There are little plantings growing in the yard, despite the horribly unseasonable snow that seems to keep falling in our fair city. Rin planted some mushrooms today (a first for her) and a perfectly timed thunderstorm watered the patch after. I picked some chickweed and corn salad for dinner and it always amazes me that food grows out of the ground. I’m so accustom to foraging for food at the grocery store that when it comes from my own yard, I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Miracle in action, obviously.

Mmm, fennel is getting roasted and Margaret has affixed bells to her hat. I see Margaret scooping tahini and Rin is making something; she informs us that she’s just making it up as she goes along. I just show up and eat. I’m also a world-class stirrer.

Alright, it’s time that I stop being an antisocial crab and maybe play some bass? I’ve got a new (and unnamed) acoustic bass to play and many ridiculous songs to sing. Happy equinox!

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Hey all. Just a quick post to say Happy June – summer is officially in sight! It’s promising to be a splendid (and busy!) month around Ye Olde Farmhouse. Rin’s started her weekly garden deliveries – we were all drooling as she was packing up yesterday. Margot and I have rooms to paint and I have zines to make, concerts to see, all sorts of good stuff. I’d like to fit some music making in there somewhere, too.

There are pictures floating around the house, which I will try to entrap and place here for future consumption. I’ve just been lazy and not uploaded the images from my camera on to my computer in about a week!

Here’s the latest word from Caterina, who arrived safe and sound on June 1 in the States:

“Hello from Lummi Island USA!!!

Hello I made it to the homeland safe and sound! I am on beautiful Lummi Island off the coast of Bellingham! It is beautiful and the town is only pop. 816.

I’ll be here for 2 weeks and then heading down the coast.

The farm here is great and the Goose is in animal heaven.

Life is good! Thank you Universe!

With love,


Now if I can just get her to send me some pictures for the blog … maybe I could bribe her with some Melrose Place DVDs?

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Part of the original “Core Four” at the Farmhouse, our lovely and dear roommate Caterina has been an integral part of the Vancouver experience for a lot of us. Without a doubt, she is the mean old sister that the rest of us never had but always wanted!

She’s a gifted linguist, coming up with new words for the Farmhouse lexicon on an hourly basis. Beware if she bestows a nickname upon you, for Caterina monikers stick for life. She’s also amazing when it comes to collage art and food styling, bringing beauty to things that might otherwise be unremarkable.

No matter how blue you might be feeling, one quick phone call to the Farmhouse’s voice mail and you will hear Caterina reminding you of just how beautiful you are. She’s always got good advice and a shoulder to cry on, and is quick to bake up tiny pies and bring tea when you’re sick.

While she might appear to be a hippie to the untrained eye, those who know her well know of her love of pop culture and trashy TV. Indeed, she’s the one who got me irrevocably hooked on Melrose Place (I haven’t been the same since) and, like all good children born in the early 1980s, speaks in fluent Simpsons quotes. She refuses to read non-fiction or watch documentaries, preferring ’90s melodrama and spaceships.

This is bit of a sad post to be making since Caterina and the Goose are leaving the Farmhouse this week for the States, leaving me as the only water sign in the house. It’s definitely going to take some time to adjust to her absence; thankfully, Margot has promised to start watching Melrose Place with me. As with everything in life, her move should be only temporary; hopefully we’ll see our Caterina again soon.

It’s funny; she’s actually been trying to leave the Farmhouse for three days and each day I come home and she’s still hanging out, watching Voyager with the roomies. All visitors: take this as a serious warning about the dangers of the enveloping, loving place I’m fortunate enough to call home. Once you’re here, you might find it near-impossible to leave!

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Pre-yard sale:

During yard sale (including some hot legs in hot shoes!):

Obligatory food pictures:

Some more candid shots:

All photos courtesy of Ander.

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