It’s In Our Blood… Thank You Pioneer Ancestors!

There’s something to be said for the tenacity of our ancestors through our DNA

Just A Little Photo Fun

Simple items create beautiful interest when paired with like subjects, color combinations, or poses.

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

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

The Joy of A Simple Saturday

One week has passed since I completed my 5 Day Purge.  Many things are still awaiting our attention, and will be. Nothing is final. But there is definite movement to keep things going in a positive direction.  I made a list of some smaller, or ongoing projects that I can jump in and complete when … Continue reading The Joy of A Simple Saturday

Zucchini Marathon

Today I woke with a mission: Zucchini! While my garden was sadly unproductive this year (thank you very much crafty groundhog!) we have a neighbor that delighted in sharing his abundance of zucchini, yellow squash, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies with Pecansand tomatoes. And I, for one, am grateful! One of my secret joys is … Continue reading Zucchini Marathon

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

Local Summer Honey

My daughter and I were on the lookout for local honey. Recently a sweet friend of mine had mentioned (in the middle of one of my particularly nasty hay fever attacks) that if I began taking a daily dose of the most local honey I could find, then I would build up an immunity to … Continue reading Local Summer Honey