Sharing times two, these are new…

•2014/04/17 • 12 Comments


the corner of the garden




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There is splendor in the quietest of places

Behold, my first bloom…

•2014/04/08 • 2 Comments

Nelly Moser Clematis


There were daffodils, aplenty, but I missed their splendor.  I was in quarantine with a bad cold at the back of the house.  My neighbors enjoyed them, though.  And, if we can’t, aren’t they the other real reason we plant?

Yep.  I knew you’d agree.


M2 is a Rock n’ Roller…Half-Marathoner!

•2014/03/23 • Leave a Comment





And the number is…


To the gate


Pony-up express


This filly is chilly, brrrrrr


And we’re off!


This girl’s a winner.  :)

M2, we are so proud of you!


Thank you, Joe

•2014/01/24 • Leave a Comment

For standing!

I’m standing with you.

And, thank you to all the American Veterans that made it possible for me to fly my beautiful flag.


‘Hair of the dog…’

•2014/01/21 • 2 Comments


Oh my!

Do you feel as if I have mislead you?

My apologies, but seriously, don’t you know by now that I can pull a prank every now and then?

Okay.  Such is not a prank, but how else could I get you to read this post?

I was vacuuming.

Actually.  My daughter was vacuuming.  I arrived home.  I looked at the floor and found trash bits scattered about and wondered, “Did that girl plug that thing in before she ran it across the carpet?”

Yes.  This story is about debris.  The field(s) of which it arises, rather, arose and the feeble attempt to make something out of nothing.  Because, well, dead grass really is, nothing.  Unless of course you compost, and then it becomes a bit of dirt.  In which case, things are really turning ugly, rather, dirty.  And, by now you simply want me to ‘go find myself’ and stop wasting your time.  To which, I respond:  “Thank you for stopping by to see my mess.”


let’s get back to the hair of the dog, shall we?  Yes.  Yes, we shall.  ;)


Help! I’ve broken out

•2014/01/05 • 3 Comments

In Chives

I’m going to need a machete to navigate the kitchen.  This dude is prepping for Tarzan!


Genovese Basil is looking to make a strong statement and a very happy cook  ;)


This guy’s all “steamed-up” about his lack of progress.  Meet Parsley, shy and a bit reserved.  (I think there’s action happening, though…)


I love this little garden, gifted to me by my brother at Christmas.

Thank-you, ‘Bubba Joe-Fred’.  Thank-you so much!  I plan on gifting you some pesto, a garnish and a spud dressed with pizzaz!  (Got to go plant the eyes for that spud.  Check back later to see how I’ve weed-whacked my kitchen during the harvest season.)


‘Twas two days before Christmas

•2013/12/23 • 2 Comments


and all through this house…When what to my wondering eyes should appear?

 (my little adaptation of the famous, Clement Clarke Moore, Christmas poem.)

note, a blessed little note, tucked into my sugarplum dreams.  It came from Sharon, and along it she brings,

A nomination for, The Sisterhood of the World  Bloggers Award.


I stumbled upon Sharon’s WordPress blog, Sharon Bonin-Pratt’s Ink Flare, and the rest is history.  Her use of metaphor and simile are delightful; she can tangle you into a web of intrigue from the get-go with such a simple twisting of dialog.  You’ll suddenly find yourself amidst a whirlwind of different emotions.  Try as I might to articulate her mighty world of words, I will fall short.  You simply must indulge yourself.  Give yourself the gift of her prose.


Here are the guidelines for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award to follow:

  1. All recipients need to thank the giver.
  2. Post 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.


Allow me to ‘operate’ as I go, thus we can be sure I cover all the bases:

Thank you, Sharon!

  1. I’m blessed to be the mom to two daughters, blessed beyond measure.
  2. I love dogs and cats.  I have a yellow Lab and three cats.  All of my best-friends are rescues.
  3. I’m an organic gardener.
  4. Learning how to make/bake sourdough bread has taught me about Life, it’s abundance and it’s grace.
  5. My sisters and my brother are my best friends.
  6. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  7. Mental illness has altered my life, but not defined it.

Seven (my list can only be seven?) bloggers that rock my world.

Now, onto the particulars of what this nomination brings with it.  Allow me to take you into the realm of my world and some of the fancies that mix within it.

These folks bring joy.  Pure and simple.  They make my heart sing!

Jen of, .  OMGosh, loving food is one thing, photography is another, but loving a dog as much as I love a dog?  Well, this girls a winner.  She’s a winner in so many ways.  I admire this woman and appreciate her for all that she does and continues to do.  She serves up food porn like no one else, but it’s her loving spirit that will motivate you.  Kudos to this very special person.

Susan, .  Sue me, but the truth is out and I’m proclaiming it.  This girl can attempt to throw pizza dough or she can go outside and build an oven, oh, and while she’s at it, she can write a set of instructions for a bread recipe that actually convinces you that you have a game plan.  Guess what?  You really do!  Simply follow her along and be ready to be amazed.  The journey is bountiful, the woman, phenomenal!

M1, .  If I nominate her, do you think I can get her to post?   It’s been a while.  I miss my daughter.  Yes!  This is my daughter.  I love everything about this girl, and reading her blog is a kick-in-the-pants.  A mother’s joy.  But this girl has been absent, not from my life, but from her blog.  Let’s nudge her, shall we?  Yes.  Yes, we shall!  ;)

Deeba, .  In the beginning of time…food blogging time, I found Deeba.  Or rather, Deeba found me.  I seriously don’t remember.  I’m confused because of all the sugar.  It’s easy to do when you become so impassioned…or rather, passionate about food.  Deeba’s works are beautiful, as is her photography.   Welcome to India, to Deeba’s world and to her amazing pursuits!

Abdullahi Kassim & Leila Adde, the authors behind the gorgeous blog, .  Allow me to beckon you into the world of Somali food.  Oh my goodness, can you smell the deliciousness?  See the beauty?  Oh, and there is such beauty.  Photographs and scents, how can one lose?  You can’t.  Go get a dose of beautiful.  Grab a side dish for me while you are there.  Enjoy, and welcome into a journey of exotic delights.

Nicole, .  This girl is guilty of kneading my soul.  Yep!  Sure is. She made me join her on a bread baking pursuit.  Okay, okay.  She didn’t make me do it, but how could I refuse the offer to bake through one of my all time favorite baking books?  I couldn’t.  I shouldn’t, and I still haven’t.  I haven’t completed my foray, but, “Hey! That’s okay.  We are both still on our journey.”  We are winners, dusted in flour and thankful that Peter Reinhart wrote the book that sent us on our way.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


“Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good-night!”



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