Here it is–JUNE–already! Ok, not quite, but verrry close. The temperatures are rising. Yes, the humidity, too. It is North Carolina, after all. We had a nice spring this year; we don’t always. I’ve been sick a good part of this year with various minor ailments. So, I’m playing catch-up with spring cleaning–just kidding! I’m … More Arranging All the Pieces
Snail feasting on a hardy orchid (Calanthe) in my garden. We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all. We should bow deeply before … More The Orchid and the Snail: Happy Earth Day!
Hi blogging friends and family, I’ve had a busy week. Too busy, which is ironic because, well, you’ll see below. Deadline week pressure, and Kitty #3, Penny, had oral surgery to remove a mass on Monday. Results tomorrow. Fingers crossed. (Deep breath…) Hope everyone is well and enjoying spring–or autumn–and the change of seasons. I … More Slow Down. What’s Your Hurry?
I spent the past weekend near the ocean in Wilmington, North Carolina. It’s a two-hour drive from our house, and we used to visit once or twice a year. It had been a few years since our last trip. We hiked in Carolina Beach State Park for the first time and that was a lot … More Seashells, Trees, and Accepting What Is
This month marks my 3-year anniversary of blogging. Merriam Webster recognizes this event as a blogiversary, just not officially. Yet. I wanted to take a look back three years ago to the beginning of my blogging journey. But, I have to admit, this was not truly the beginning of blogging for me. I had been … More Growth: A Look Back
Hi friends, Happy Almost February! The good news? I’m busy writing! I’ve picked up several more magazines to write for, and that’s a good thing. I’m working on a garden essay right now that I’m really excited about that will appear in one of the new magazines. Plus, I’m about 90% finished writing three articles … More Late January Garden Tour: Come On!
My Year-end (Year in) Gratitude: An inventory (I know, I know. You can eyeroll here, if you wish) It seems like there are two camps when it comes to taking year end inventories: some hate them; some love them. Do you like looking back on the previous year on New Year’s Eve or Day and pondering … More Year-end (Year In) Gratitude
It’s 11 pm Christmas Eve. My daughters just left to go back to each of their homes. My husband is in bed. Two kitties are on my lap, and two are by the fireplace. We had a nice evening: fire pit; apple cider; cheese, meat, and more tray; pizza; Anomia (a fun, but fast!) card … More Let There Be Light
With all of the busy holiday shopping, visiting, parties, concerts, events, crowds, etc, I thought I would share a poem that gets me through those times when it’s all too overwhelming and peopley out there. The Art of Disappearing When they say Don’t I know you? say no. When they invite you to the party … More The Art of Disappearing
Yesterday morning I woke up to a winter wonderland. This morning, I watched as more snow came down. In between, we also saw some sleet, rain, and freezing rain. Welcome to North Carolina. I’m not a big fan of wintry precipitation. But I do believe fresh-fallen snow is just about one of the most magical … More View From the Back Door