Category Archives: Personal thoughts

Bald Faced Hornets

Bald Faced Hornets For the first time in 16 years, hornets moved into my garden and built a nest in my pear tree.   I’ve always had wasps, but their nests are tiny, and I can tolerate them as long as they stay out of my way.  I applied the same philosophy to the Bald Faced
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Ode to my Hen

Ode to my Hen May you rest in peace my dearest hen.  I never gave you a name, but you were my favorite.  You reminded me of my mother because you were always so interested in what I was doing in my garden.  Whether I was outside walking around with a cup of coffee in
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The Courage of the Seed

The Courage of the Seed by Mark Nepo All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring.  All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see.
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Paths & Pathways in the Garden

Changes I’m going to start writing more about my relationship with my garden and how it makes me feel and gives meaning to my life.  This is something that I haven’t done much of because it is so difficult for me to translate into words my inner experiences in regards to my garden and backyard
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“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest

“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest As I contemplate the upcoming challenges in my life for 2015, I search inside of myself for the energy, motivation, optimism and solutions I will need to achieve my numerous goals and tackle my “to do” lists for the year to come.  This is nothing new.  It
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Saving Flower Seeds

Saving Flower Seeds Saving seed from flowers is one of the most enjoyable things I do in my garden.   While so many other activities can be time consuming, tedious, and tiring, gathering seed is actually relaxing and contemplative.  When I talk about activities that are tiring, I’m referring to projects that involve lots of prep
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End of Summer 2014

End of Summer 2014 I never, EVER, thought I would hear myself say that I am glad the summer is ending and fall is on the way.  Even today, September 8, 2014, it’s about 90 degrees outside, and again I will head out into my yard to water for a good hour. What made this
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Americauna Chicks 2014

Americauna Chicks 2014 Once again I couldn’t resist getting some new chicks for 2014.   Last year it was my White Leghorn and New Hampshire Red, and this year it is two Americaunas.  The reason I wanted to get Americaunas  was because of the pastel colored eggs.  They’re so lovely and reminiscent of Easter.  After three
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The Garden as a Metaphor for Love & Relationships

The Garden as a Metaphor for Love and Relationships One of my friends is preparing for marriage, so in honor of a party we had for her where we presented her with a marriage basket, I got inspired to write about the garden as a metaphor for love and relationships.  I’ve been thinking about writing
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Icicles

Icicles (Don’t forget to double click on the photos to enlarge them for better viewing!) I may complain a lot about the snow and the problems it creates for us here in the valley, but I have to admit it is beautiful when it’s fresh and clean.  This most recent storm system was truly a
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