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

Forest Nursery: Waldkindergarten

  Early today while lingering in bed over my morning coffee, I came across a wonderful, brief article highlighting Waldkindergarten or Forest Nursery, which originated in Germany. These outdoor schools for little ones bring kids to nature and allow them to freely explore and learn through play. Climbing trees, wading in creeks, turning over rocks … Continue reading Forest Nursery: Waldkindergarten

Jack Frost Makes A Visit

As I woke this morning and shuffled to the kitchen for my morning cup of coffee, I looked out the back window to a surprising white beauty. Overnight a very heavy frost had covered everything in an icy white glaze, and a fog loomed over the valley. I quickly decided to head out to walk … Continue reading Jack Frost Makes A Visit

Autumn’s Last Song

Autumn's vibrant colors.I woke early this morning and decided to go for a walk around our humble homestead. Being a lover of the outdoors and nature, it's one of my favorite ways to get a few extra steps in my day. Noticing the various ways that autumn is nudging out the last vestiges of summer, I … Continue reading Autumn’s Last Song

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

I've worked in the same small town outside of Pittsburgh for 15 years. Many lunch breaks I've spent strolling the sidewalks for some exercise and stress relief, a welcome  break from my computer. Three-story Victorians line the streets, with their brightly-colored trim and decorative screen doors. American flags hang patriotically, displayed from front porches, and seasonal … Continue reading A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet