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.

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

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

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

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