Planting Arbor Day Trees (how to)

Years ago we had donated money to the Arbor Day Foundation and received in the mail ten trees.  Rather, ten sticks.  I didn’t know a darn thing about raising trees and have killed many over my years, I am afraid.  Well, those first ten were subject to neglect and the lawn mower. Ten trees…sticks…arrived in the…

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Perfect

Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving to help keep the spirit of gratitude, family, and love involved while also helping you make it go smoothly. *Remember, there is always room for one more.  I remember one particular year that I was alone and not really in a great place, I called a family member…

Cocktail Hour and the Thanksgiving Drink

‘Tis the season for a warming drink as the cool nights descend.  My husband stoked the fire in the wood stove.  The night was ink black with the stars glistening like twinkly lights and the smell of wood smoke and fallen leaves remind us that Thanksgiving is near. I poured us each a cocktail.  We…

Homeschooling Adventures Continue (my daughter’s new blog)

I will never forget the moment we decided to homeschool. The teacher that rummaged nervously through her notes looking to see who my son was.  At the end of the year.  We raised strong willed children and encouraged them to dress how they like, read what they like, and do what they like so they…

Before You Give to a Charity (really helping those in need)

‘Tis the time of year for charities.  To give to those less fortunate.  To share some of our blessings. We often gave money to organizations that helped the homeless.  Then we became homeless ourselves after losing our rented farm.  We opted not to go on welfare, but rather to work very hard to get jobs…

The Urban Farm Dog (meet Gandalf)

He’s here!  Eleven weeks old and thirty-three pounds of fluff.  (And muscle and baby teeth and mischief!) He is a gentle giant.  My granddaughter ran into the house laughing yesterday to meet the new addition.  She ran right up to him and he began licking her face.  He played with my daughter’s dog.  He loves…

The Autumn Golden Light

The light filters golden beneath the woolen sky Illuminating Autumn’s radiance through leaves of brilliance Maddening shorter days and nights I know winter is yet to come Still, that filtered golden light glows and magnifies the beauty of Fall and I am hopelessly in love with it all As the trees loosen their cloaks of crimson…

The Secret Power of Gratitude

This is the time of year that we speak of gratitude.  Gratitude is a secret ingredient to a happy and content life.  Even if it seems like not one more thing could go wrong, simply sitting still with a cup of tea, the sun on one’s face, or even just with eyes closed, thinking of the…

It’s Halloween!

I walked to the mailbox and found inside a letter.  It was from my dear friend, Pat, who sent us a Halloween greeting.  I love her poems and wanted to share it with you! It’s Halloween It’s Halloween!  It’s Halloween! The moon is full and bright and we shall see what can’t be seen on…

Redecorating for the Season (easy tricks for a beautiful home)

In the winter I was experimenting with how to set up our new house.  An art and writing area, a music and reading area, and a sitting area took up separate sections of the old living room.  Then my classes started and I needed to be able to seat ten people comfortably and have a…