• happy buzzing garden

    bee on a dwarf butterfly bush

    They love the garden this year, buzzing around so quickly I struggle to get their pics. We intentionally planted pollinator friendly plants. On Friday I had a visitor drop in and explore my work. Read more …

  • content cat

    Tuxedo cat sitting on a navy chair looking contemplative.

    We filled the bird feeder the other day. Dot was so happy she forgot to eat dinner. She sat there until it was dark. She then settled into her “summer chair” and chirrupped at me when I asked if she was content. I then asked if she was thankful we filled the feeder for her.… Read more …

  • garden gift

    Cucumber on vine which is larger than hand shown for scale. It measured 10-12 inches (26-30 cm) in length.

    While most of our garden has been consumed by the local fauna (the rabbit, chipmunk, and deer communities enjoy my free salad bar) we’ve had a few surprises this year. It’s always nice when the garden gives me a gift. I just wish they happened before I went to the store. This cucumber has been… Read more …

  • book reviews as compilation or single titles?

    A precarious stack of books, notebook with yarn on top and two projects to the left. On a wooden table in front of a blue wall.

    As I begin to dip my toes back into the world that has kept turning while mine went topsy turvy with grief and caregiving, I’m trying to figure out the balance between writing here and posting to various social media sites. My reading has been documented here since the site’s very beginnings. That was (gasp)… Read more …

  • not easier

    Mostly Blue sky with bits of tree branches in edges of frame. whisps of white clouds

    it’s not easiera parent lost to canceragain why again On August 24, 2022 we lost my mother-in-law to cancer. She’d been diagnosed just over a year prior. It’s been a challenging time for our family as we learn how to navigate parenting our remaining parent. I’ve struggled greatly this past year to figure out how… Read more …