Lily wasn’t sure what to make of snow at first; she shivered pathetically by the door, wondering why I’d inflicted all of this nasty, cold white stuff on her. Then she had a revelation: Snow may be cold, but she can DIG IN IT!!! Her passion for digging had previously been a forbidden one since […]

We couldn’t keep all of the ten orphaned ducklings we adopted this summer–I knew that from the start–so my clever plan was to raise them until we had a good idea of their genders, then keep only two females. According to the Internet, female Muscovies are much smaller than the males, plus they lay eggs. […]

Now that we’re closing in on Thanksgiving, it’s time to record some Halloween memories before they dissipate like a specter at sunrise. Thanks to a fling with Stranger Things, Sage insisted on being one of the monsters from that show. After much deliberation, he and Paul concluded that there was no way to create an […]

Winter is almost upon us, and most of my flowers have gracefully succumbed to the inevitable. Not one little viola, though: It continues to bloom defiantly even as its comrades wilt. Alas, this flower too must eventually meet its fate. But seldom has a battle against mortality been a prettier fight.

My Muse is currently silent; happily, puppy cuteness speaks volumes. Here are a few adorable moments from Lily’s first two weeks in our family: It’s not a dog’s life yet, but it sure is a puppy’s life.

This summer’s sad story is finally arriving at a happy ending. (Actually, a beginning…) We still miss Caesar, and we always will, but a new puppy named Lily has arrived to help fill the void he left. We found her at a nearby breeder’s farm, and for Sage and Lily, it was love at first […]

We still miss Caesar every day, but fresh happiness is on its way in the form of a new puppy who will be old enough to come home with us next week. In the meantime, Brownie the Duck is proving to be surprisingly comforting. Hope is indeed the thing with feathers.