Last week, I arrived at the Owen Park Band Shell a little early; I play oboe in the Eau Claire Municipal Band, and we weren’t supposed to be set up and ready to play until 7:00 pm. That gave me about 15 minutes to wander around the park. Actually, the more accurate verb was “slosh.” […]

A couple of days ago, Sage and I harvested the first few strawberries from our garden. Most went quietly and unsung to their demise, but one stood out: Frecky. Sage felt the need to name this unusually shaped berry after pointing out that it looked like a character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, complete […]

Sage recently celebrated his last day of third grade. Although I was a little choked up by the thought of his growing up so fast, he clearly wasn’t. For him, the Siren Song of Freedom played as a brisk and boisterous march. The tune might change mid-summer; if history is any guide, he’ll be ready […]

Sage’s friend Emery had another overnight sojourn as a Country Girl last weekend, and her stay with us was full of country adventures indeed. First, Sage conscripted her to help with his Giant Pumpkin Project. Our friend Derek had given Sage seeds from last year’s 400 pound pumpkin (which he’d brought home from his job […]

When Sage told me he wanted to join the local soccer club, I have to confess that I was skeptical. So many of his interests had been ephemeral, and I did NOT want to pay $40 for fees and a jersey, only to have the jersey languish dustily in his closet next to the $50 […]

I knew 2017 would be a good apple year–the trees had only spit out a few lonely blossoms in 2016–but I hadn’t realized HOW good it would be. The tree closest to the house was especially spectacular. It wasn’t just laden with blossoms: It was humming with bees as well. My hives are sadly empty; […]

My husband Paul has repeatedly demonstrated that the TV character MacGyver has nothing on him; he’s done everything from building a maple syrup boiler out of scrap parts┬áto improvising car repairs. Yesterday, he proved that his ingenuity extends to the world of skunks. The saga started when I went down to the chicken coop to […]