Stick THAT in Your Happy Box!

Having recently gone through a growth spurt, Cait was in need of some new clothes. So off to the Mall we went.  We always concentrate our efforts in this one particular store, because we always have good luck finding cloths that fit and that Cait will actually wear.

The tradition is to make our way around each department — shoes, pants, tops, etc.– until, at the very end, we come to the fancy dress section.  This is where the fun … Read more

On the Hunt

It’s in the air today, along with the gathering thunder clouds.  Everyone around here is hunting for something.

Our Great Blue Heron is on the hunt for his lunch.


He seldom misses.


He’s snagged himself a nice fish.

Oh, there’s something else fishing there along the side of the pond!


Is it our Fisher (a weasel)?

maine coon

Nope. I’d recognize that fluffy tail anywhere. Looks like Finn’s found some good hunting by the pond too.

Kiera and Wink are hunting for … Read more

Northern Lights

aurora-borealis1.jpgThe first time I saw them, I was camping out in Nova Scotia on an isolated sliver of a peninsula that jutted out into the choppy Atlantic Ocean. As I’d done since I was a kid, I threw my sleeping bag on the ground so I could have a clear view of the night sky. It was the new moon, so I was anticipating some magnificent stargazing.

What I wasn’t anticipating was what happened next. All of a sudden and … Read more

A Day in the Light

Interesting changes in light all day today.

6:30 am

8:30 am

10:30 am

12:30 pm

2:30 pm

4:00 pm

6:00 pm – Power out from an ice storm.

8:00 pm

10:00 pm. Jupiter and Venus, as evening stars, holding hands in the southwest sky – and a dead camera battery. G’nite all.… Read more


Fall is in the air. No need to look at the calendar; there are signs everywhere.

Harvested at the end of July, my garlic has dried enough to cut, clean, and store. One drying screen almost done. One more to go.

drying garlic

Seed saving begins for many of my lettuces and leafy vegetables. This is Chinese Cabbage. Tiny little things, aren’t they?

bok choy seeds

This is one plant’s worth.


I like to collect enough seeds to also have some to trade on Seed Read more

The Newest Animal Linguist on the Block

Alex, the gray parrot, and Washoe, the chimpanzee, (both recently deceased) are back in the news in this month’s National Geographic Magazine, in an article about understanding the animal’s mind. In it, the newest kid on the “smarts” block is featured. Are you ready? Yep, a Border Collie named Betsy, who knows more than 300 words. Look to being hearing lots more about her.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this New York Times tribute to Alex and … Read more