I happened to glance out the window and noticed that a piece of garden art had come to life–well, part of it, anyway. The art in question was one of Grandma’s beloved garden statues–a little girl and boy sitting side by side, one of my favorites because it reminds me of Sage and his friend […]

Caesar recently had his first bath, which went surprisingly well. I must say that it’s delightful to have a dog small enough to pop into the laundry sink. We couldn’t help thinking that Caesar was adorable even when he looked like a drowned rat. Of course, we may be prejudiced. But at least he’s clean…for […]

Our family is now bigger by one dog, although that one dog only weighs seven pounds. Still, Caesar already has a place in our hearts that a 100 pound dog would be hard pressed to fill. Caesar came to us from the local Humane Association. He arrived there after being confiscated from an animal-filled home […]

A few days ago, I left my garden and was approaching the house when suddenly, I was transfixed by the sweetness of the scene before me: Sage was embracing his father, who was lying in the hammock. Sage’s head was lying upon Paul’s, and the timeless tenderness of this scene almost moved me to tears. Then […]

Despite my intentions to make this year’s garden an orderly piece of living art–or at least almost as neat as my Amish neighbors’ gardens–the plants had other ideas. I’d laid the garden out to be pleasingly symmetrical, with corn hills at each corner and a row of broccoli along the front, but I couldn’t resist […]

It ain’t easy being a chick, especially if you’re running with the Big Birds for the first time. That’s what my little birds learned the hard way today. They’d been spending their days staring plaintively through the mesh of their chicken tractor–a cage within the large chicken pen where they can get some fresh air […]

My little chicks are growing up; the day-old fuzzballs who first came home with me are now gangly adolescents. They’re too big to stay in their cardboard box all day but too small to be released among the old-timers, so they’ve been spending their days in a mesh-sided cage within the larger chicken pen. All […]