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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 […]

The Wild Garden: Even Wilder

As the summer progresses, the Wild Garden is getting even wilder. The border is advancing each year, and even our little decorative windmill can’t hold it back. The garden–or as I prefer to call it, the “Wildlife Refuge”–continues to host a Darwinian struggle between some of the toughest plants I know: comfrey, jerusalem artichoke, raspberry, […]

Baby Garden

I’ve spent my previous two posts focusing on my beloved flowers, most of which are currently living in pots. If I just pop a few happily blooming flowers into a pot, voila–I have an instant mini-garden! There are few things more gratifying than maximum beauty for minimum labor. The main garden, alas, is another affair. […]

A Little Dose of Cuteness

After a long trip to North Dakota and an even longer week tackling the work that piled up in my absence, I’m finally ready to re-enter the World of Blogging. Unfortunately, I have nothing profound or pithy to say, so I’ll compensate with a little dose of cuteness. Here goes: I couldn’t have said it […]

Hover Boy

I admit, I was skeptical when Sage first started campaigning for a hover board. From the way he explained it, it sounded like a Segue without the stick–and I don’t even understand the point of a Segue WITH a stick when owned by a person with functioning legs! But Sage was adamant: He HAD to […]

The Squirrel Visitation

Many people consider squirrels mundane, ubiquitous, and perhaps even annoying. Not my dogs, though; they’ve been fascinated by the plump squirrels that have been raiding the bird feeders on our deck. Squirrels are a surprising novelty out here in the country; they generally keep to the woods, so it’s rare for us to see them. […]