Putting On My Super Hero Big Girl Panties

My ego was just a tad inflated to have heard my 14 year old daughter compare me to a super hero

A Pinterest-Worthy Garden

This year I have created my first Pinterest-worthy vegetable garden.  It’s far from perfect, but I justify referring to it in this way because of all the research, learning, planning, and serious effort that went into the final product. 🙂  I should say that, though I have been organically growing since I started gardening, I … Continue reading A Pinterest-Worthy Garden

Simply No Sleep Tonight

So, what do you do when your pets are keeping you awake all night? Write a blog post, of course!  With two cats and a large dog residing with us in our small home, it is not unusual for this to happen. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, and tonight it simply … Continue reading Simply No Sleep Tonight

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Winter

One thing that makes my already rewarding job fun, are visits like the one I enjoyed with a potential new donor-partner yesterday. I had the pleasure of a personal, guided tour through the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in winter. What a beautiful season to experience their 60 acres - salvaged and restored from a decimated strip-mining … Continue reading Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Winter

Catching Up On Simple Pleasures

Catching up on simple pleasures this morning. I woke, again, to the purrs of our little Milly next to my pillow. Always a joy to hear that soft little vibration, and feel her tiny cold-wet nose and whiskers brush against my cheek, rousing me back to consciousness following a deep night’s rest. As my eyes … Continue reading Catching Up On Simple Pleasures

Stomping Out My Carbon Footprint

I've been contemplating my carbon footprint lately. Thinking about little ways that I can make a difference. I already have strong personal feelings about walking when I can, recycling, buying local, wearing classic clothing that will last for seasons - preferably years (or buying secondhand to begin with), saving and using items I've already got, … Continue reading Stomping Out My Carbon Footprint

October Prose

With the beauty of autumn, which never fails to move me, I simply had to put a few words down. I hope you enjoy them.

My Autumn Basket List

Simplify

When it comes to seasons, there's not much I love more than the first, almost imperceptible noticings of the coming fall. The cooler nights, the crickets' incessant chirp, dewy mornings, flocking starlings that cover the yard searching for insects to fill up on for their journey, the sweet smell of hay being mown and stored … Continue reading My Autumn Basket List

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Having arrived home after a long talk with a distraught friend, I was feeling very blessed by my own humble home and surroundings. I sat down on the front stoop and the sight of my perennial gardens gave me the sense of relaxed peace that my friend was so desiring. I truly wanted to share with her … Continue reading The Unforced Rhythms of Grace