Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Farewell to Ducklings

Today, alas, seven of my ten orphaned ducklings have left the nest–literally. They’ve gone to live with my Amish neighbor, where they’ll either live long and happy lives as his breeding stock or end up on somebody’s plate. He’s a firm believer in free range poultry, though, so they’ll have a happy life until their […]

Wilderness Boy

Sage recently embarked on his first wilderness experience: Camp Manitou’s four day canoe trip in northern Wisconsin. He was both excited about going and surly about getting his picture taken. My little boy is growing up. And becoming a teenager.    

Unexpected Ducklings

If you’re an oboist, and you join a band, and you ride in a parade, you’ll end up with a flock of orphaned ducklings. At least that’s been my experience. It all began several years ago when, as a VERY amateur oboist, I joined the Eau Municipal Band. (Fortunately for me, it’s not picky about […]

A Floral Sanctuary

Now that July’s heat and humidity have arrived with a vengeance, the garden is responding vigorously (especially the weedy residents of said garden.) Most of the vegetables seem to be holding their own, but the battle to keep them from being swamped is perpetual. At times, it’s overwhelming, and I become even more grateful for […]