On the Menu

One of my great joys in life is heading out to the garden to collect food for dinner. Weather like this simply adds to the adventure.

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I’m usually very thankful for rain, but with all the wet weather we’ve had, it’s really slowing down some of the crops.

As you can see, my selection still mainly rests with cool weather crops.  Here, we’ve got some snap peas, a variety of lettuces, a bowl of fresh-picked raspberries, and a bunch of … Read more

Gifts and Guests

As much as anything, what I love about gardening are the nice surprises — what I call the “Gifts” and “Guests.”

The gifts come from seeds that I didn’t intentionally plant.  Since I use open-pollinated seeds, and I save my own seeds from year to year, I’m always allowing a few plants to reach the stage where they can set their own seeds.  Invariably, a few of the vegetables don’t get harvested and wind up composting on the ground.  When … Read more

When Life Dumps a Truckload of Manure in Your Driveway

Ever go through one of those times where you wake up in the morning to find a truckload of manure in your driveway? You didn’t order it. You don’t need it. You can’t return it, because the midnight interloper has left no forwarding address. And you’re not going to be able to get your car out of the garage until you get the pile moved.

What’s a person to do?

Why, read a book and plant a garden, of course.… Read more

Season of Rebirth

What I love most about April is its promise of spring and rebirth. Even its holidays are days that offer cause for laughter and joyous celebration.

For those of us dealing with wintry climates, April ushers in excitement for all that is sunny, warm, and green.  Winter coats get packed away, windows get thrown open, and fresh air and sunlight on our skin is the order of the day.

Okay, maybe I exaggerated just a tad on the sunlight on … Read more

Follow the Bouncing Ball

With all the various projects and work stuff clamoring to get done, I’m starting to feel like the proverbial bouncing ball.

Boing! Talk to this client. Boing! Get that paperwork done! Boing! Add this idea to the to-do list. Boing! Research that article and get quotes. Boing! Meet this deadline. Boing! Boing! Boing!

In the course of all my boing-ing around, I’ve run across some items I thought you might find interesting. For your enjoyment, in no particular order:

Suzanne … Read more

Is It Me, Or Is There Only Weird Stuff in the Fridge?

For the tenth time, Andrew opened the refrigerator, hoping that something “good” would magically materialize.  For the tenth time, when no miracle occurred and the exact same food stared back at him, he finally exclaimed, “Is it me, or is there only weird stuff in here?”

Because I hate grocery shopping even more than I hate cleaning toilets, I’ve been known to prolong going to the store for as long as is humanly possible, or until no one can stand … Read more

What Plant Are You?

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Having just picked a bushel of ripe tomatoes, there was only one thing to do. Get busy making spaghetti sauce.

I put Cait on garlic and herb chopping duty, while I prepared the tomatoes.

I love having Cait help, not just because the work gets done faster, but because Cait likes to talk while she works. That’s what makes the time fly.

In the midst of chattering about this and that, I was having Cait taste all the fresh ingredients … Read more