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Katie sometimes studies midwifery and other days tries to save the world through food and craft. She’s basically a confused housewife.  And after a lifetime of having a major sweet tooth and minor autoimmune problems, Katie is now limiting sugar consumption, along with limiting gluten, soy, cow milk dairy (with the exception of yogurt), and caffeine.

Paul directs a nonprofit working on pesticide and local, organic food issues.

…likes: katie, midwives, the environment, esp. the southwest deserts, dancing, picnics (and the wine, cheese, bread and berries that go into them), swimming holes, rock/country/folk music, wes-anderson-type-movies, and progressive politics.
…dislikes: cookie-cutter homes, environmental destruction, and cheez whiz.

…likes: paul, domestic activities (knitting, cooking, gardening), reading, talking about women’s health, walks, dancing, jug bands & top 40 rap, eating.
…dislikes: processed foods (except for donuts, which are just good), airplanes, and science fiction.

Original Image by Bradford Shepherd

Original Image by Bradford Shepherd, made fancy by me and Poladroid

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2008 10:50 pm

    You guys are hilarious! Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    Katie @

    • robbin permalink
      May 18, 2010 6:54 pm

      i found you too be much too hard on the photo, self. the crepe looked delicious, i am going to crepeville today as a result, curtis park. Frida Kahlo,geinius, long suffering, able to love greatly. steel rods in spine. a time when medicine was just beginning to remove itself from rough butchery. you two wonderful folk are just scratching surface of life. you both are well on your way to greatness and in order to do this you must go through the school of adversity as adversity is best teacher of success. adversity is the best teacher because no one is left out of her classes, you cannot graduate without her lessons, life is made up of her tidal waves, her lessons are poured on the foundations of truth, she lines her courses with conquest and challenges, without her how could we learn to love.doesn’t need a textbook, doesn’t need a schoolroom, does not thrive on pity and scapegoats, no one else can play her part, etc

  2. Amanda Dodd permalink
    February 6, 2009 8:54 pm

    Hi Katie–you don’t know me, but I just bought a house on 7th Ave in Oak Park, and I absolutely love your blog. My fiancee and I are looking to make friends in the area. I noticed you’re from Redding, and I grew up in Red Bluff, so we have a lot in common!
    I’m interested in some of the produce you will be growing…I will be planting some things this spring, but would definitely be interested in some of your chicken’s eggs…
    I’m 28 and am a child and family therapist at the Sacramento Childrens home on 12th ave. My fiancee and I will be at the 2nd Saturday clean up next Saturday, so we hope to see you guys there!
    feel free to email me at

  3. February 12, 2009 11:45 pm

    love you blog – and your abc list!

  4. Chryss M. permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:58 am

    I heard that you have worked on legalizing backyard chickens in Sacramento. I’m just starting on that path with the County of Sac. What’s the current status with the effort with City of Sac?

    Thank you much!


  5. August 7, 2009 11:04 pm

    Hi Katie and Paul,
    Just stumbled across your blogs and am enjoying them very much.

    Your ABCs are quite inspiring! My list is a mile long and none of it seems to get accomplished.

    Enjoy your time in Texas and I look forward to your next update.

    Pam @

  6. Michelle permalink
    December 30, 2009 7:28 am

    I came across your blog one day thank to a friend from school and I wanted to say that I think it’s fantastic that you became a midwife. I am currently a nursing student living in Tuscon, AZ, I was studying labor and delivery but I would really like to explore becoming a midwife. If you have any advice on how I could get started on the subject please shoot me an email at Also your wedding was ridiculously pretty

  7. ramona permalink
    January 5, 2010 1:13 am

    Hi! My name is Ramona. I am from New York City. I am trying to plan a romantic yet party and fun wedding in my backyard. My budget is $10K, i just don’t know how to make it happen. I have very expensive taste and I am a control freak. I just bought a house and all our money has gone into that. so we need to make a wedding that is about us the ceremony, the love and tons of fun and dancing. I want it in my new backyard. help me make this work!!!!!!!!!

  8. Teri permalink
    January 11, 2010 4:59 am

    Hi! I just randomly came across your blog…love your ABCs list. What a great idea! I live in Oak Park too & it is so inspiring to see such positive & creative work in our area. Hope to see you at a neighborhood meeting or second Sat. cleanup!

  9. March 11, 2010 4:39 pm

    Hi folks, that’s where I started, too – In Oak Park (on 6th Ave) with backyard veggies (and a pond), dreams for the future, our children, the neighborhood. Won some battles, lost some battles. Had to move when my mother was stricken with Alzheimer’s – but remember the good times and hopeful times. That was 25 years ago! New vision, new projects. If you care to see where it lead me – try and Used to be active in Oak Park, now it’s this…some things never change. – best to you both – red

  10. Syl n Ty permalink
    February 6, 2012 8:52 pm

    You are so stinkin cute. I miss you & thought I’d stop by, read your blog, & congratulate you two on your little Hatchling!

    All the best

    • inoakpark permalink*
      February 6, 2012 8:53 pm

      Hey Syl!
      I miss you guys too! How are you doing? Are you still at WIC?

  11. February 12, 2014 2:27 am

    Having a popular blog isn’t a trade secret and can actually
    be done by even the most beginning blogger.
    The fantastic thing about blogs is that people read them for fun.

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