Looking Back and Moving Forward

It’s January 1, so Happy New Year! I’ve got the Rose Parade on the TV and a cup of tea on the table next to me so I’m ready to write. Every January 1 I find myself thinking about my Mom — today would have been her 96th birthday. As a New Year’s baby, she…

I want a farm

Really, it’s true.  I want a farm.  With a big vegetable garden and fruit trees and chickens and maybe even a milk cow. A real farm. There should be pigs, too.   And maybe a goat.  Goats are good at eating weeds. And if there’s a pond, then there will have to be ducks and…

Hibiscus Resurrection

Last winter we had a few nights of hard freezes and, even though the hibiscus bush is up against the house and protected, it froze.  I left the dead branches on until the danger of frost was past and then trimmed them off.  I wasn’t sure that it was alive but it has come back…

Vegetable Garden Rescue

When I last posted about the veggie garden, it was looking rather pitiful.  I gave everything a sprinkle of fertilizer and hoped for the best. It hasn’t gotten any better.  The peas died and nothing else had gotten any bigger.  I decided that there was nothing to do but try to rescue the plants that…

My backyard is sad…..

A few days ago the dove that was sitting on a nest in my backyard stopped sitting.  A few times I saw a dove on the fence, but I’m not sure it was her.  The nest has been abandoned.  We’ll never know why — perhaps the eggs died, perhaps she was caught by a cat…