Slow Down

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  - Henry David Thoreau I'm  as guilty as the next person when it comes to an utter inability to slow down -- to stop running from one thing to another, to stop the to-do lists from churning through my mind -- to just slow... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of an Early Morning

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -- Marcus Aurelius "I'm so glad my window looks east into the sunrising.... It's so splendid to see the morning coming up over those long hills and glowing through... Continue Reading →

End of June Blooms

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”  -- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Step through the gate and into the secret garden... Linger as the colors and scent of June envelops you... "Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and... Continue Reading →

Rainy Sunday

Thunderstorms are rumbling through right now, along with some torrential rain, so my gardening was cut a little short today.  I love thunderstorms though, so I'm content to sit in my darkening kitchen typing this post, rather than being outside weeding and deadheading peonies. Have I mentioned that it's been an abnormally cool and wet spring and... Continue Reading →

Baby Robin

We've been quite lucky this spring.  We've been graced with an Eastern Phoebe nesting in our sheep barn; building her nest atop a light fixture.  She successfully hatched 3 babies, who seemed to take very little time at all to go from tiny creatures to full fledglings flitting about the barn for a day or... Continue Reading →

Meanings

The rocking chair.  It is a presence in the American psyche; at least in rural America. To me it connotes warmth, the seat by the fire on a cold, winter evening; the comfort and security of being enfolded in the arms of a loving grandparent; the serenity and peace of a quiet evening on the... Continue Reading →

This Weekend in the Garden

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."  -- Rudyard Kipling Peonies are opening all over the garden.  I've added many over the past couple of years -- so many I forgot where I planted some of them until they began to pop up in early spring.  Although they bloom... Continue Reading →

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