The cooler autumn weather has set in and I’m content with pants-sweaters-boots every day now. Yes, please and thank you. I’m ready for this turn of season. Lately, when I wash dishes at the kitchen sink, I look out to our raised garden beds and think about preparing them for the winter months. It wasn’t an [...]
Last week I finally put the garden to bed. It was a crisp and windy day, sunny and a little bit glorious. The raspberry bushes scraped my hands; I didn't mind. It felt good to be outside. It felt good to be tackling a job I'd been avoiding. It felt good (truly) to be alive. [...]
An ongoing series of Monday snapshots and quiet reflections. Sometimes Mondays look like almost ready.
An ongoing series of Monday snapshots and quiet reflections. Sometimes Mondays look like the beginnings of blueberries. ***Registration is still open for the next round of Just 5 Things. We’ll be playing with creative list making…part fun, part soulful. All doable. Will you join us? Click here to read about the class and to [...]
An ongoing series of Monday snapshots and quiet reflections. Sometimes Mondays look like more cosmos.
Unfurling. I brought some cosmos clippings indoors recently and, when the blooms began drooping, I prepared to toss them. But then I noticed the buds (so many of them) on the stems. They were wrapped in a nearly-transparent, waxy kind of flattened disc. How did I not notice this before? Something about the waxiness, something about [...]
Well, you knew there'd be more flowers around here, didn't you? The garden is a beautiful mess. And I do mean mess. It's a tad thick but I can't bear to thin anything out. Things are looking full and generally healthy (and generally beautiful) so I'm leaving the garden as is. I'm thinking of it [...]
every time i head out to the garden - this summer, last summer, ever - i vastly underestimate the amount of time a given task is going to take me. i think i'm heading out to weed for thirty minutes and it takes closer to ninety. i do this over and over again. yesterday was [...]
i've had gardens in years past...gardens that produced greens and squashes and peppers and such. it was pretty great to gather and then enjoy the harvest. but the past few seasons have left me feeling depleted, deflated, defeated. the deer and stink bugs eating what they shouldn't, my kids not eating what they should. this [...]
i mentioned last week that our garden has been less than exciting this year. and, while i'm hugely disappointed with the tomatoes (single digits, no kidding), the onions did well (you have no idea how much pleasure i get out of growing onions) and the deer graciously left us a nice clump of flowers in [...]