The Motley Crew of Pumpkin Hollow

I need this sign! Gandalf is over a hundred pounds now at seven months old.  He is adorable.  His crazy brother, Merlin is eight months old and thinks he is a jaguar.  Or a dog.  That boy is a little special.  Each morning my husband emails me from work and asks, “How are you and…

DIY Seed Potatoes and Spring Planting

Today is the perfect day to finish the first spring planting.  When the moon is on its way to full, imagine the energy rising, so one would plant crops that grow above ground like peas, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and lettuces.  When the moon is waning and heading towards a new moon the energy is…

The Medicine Woman Memoirs

“I had the best day today,” I told my husband when he called me on his way home from work yesterday. “Oh yea, what did you do?” “I went to see Maryjane’s dance class and then had lunch with our girls.  And I wrote most of the day.” I am writing my memoir.  I am…

Ostara, Easter, and the New Beginning

Today is a celebration of hope.  The indigenous cultures of old and the modern spiritualists and witches of today will be celebrating.  So will gardeners everywhere.  ‘Tis the Solstice, also known as Ostara. Seeds in hand, faces to the sun, coffee hot, hose at the ready, we are grateful and joyous that the days will…

Death and Laughter

I can see her still, pixie sized, with soft blond hair just brushing her shoulders, and compassionate, smiling eyes swirling her wine glass.  I can see her in the vineyards, on the boat watching the whales, in her home watching inspirational television, in her Fiat driving around dressed smartly.  She was one of the wisest women I…

Become a Certified Herbalist at Home

We are coming upon spring and green plants are just starting to unfurl from the ground.  What do you do with them?  Dig them up, or eat them, or do they cure cancer? There are a lot of questions about herbalism and a lot of interest right now in taking back the old ways and…

Growing and Blending Seasonings

I shall grow basil in plots I shall grow oregano lots The chives shall come up fine along rows of heady thyme I shall grow rosemary too And red chile for New Mexican stew I shall grow sumac if I can find and lavender to breathe and unwind Could I grow caraway too? for rye…

A New Food History (the Garden Food Movement!)

Why is it so hard to eat healthy?  I often have wondered this.  I believe it is because as Americans we do not have our own food culture.  If we were from India we would crave curries and lentils and coconut.  If we were Japanese we would crave the tastes of sea weed and fresh…

When Destiny Repaints

We really have tried to find solutions.  Advertisements, sales, mass facebook notices, classes, everything and anything we can do to get our shop back on the map.  But, it seems that either location, or economy, or destiny has decided against us.  Our shop is closing.  It is closing before the lease is up.  It is the…

Delicious Homemade Granola

At a bed and breakfast in Taos, New Mexico in December we sat before a roaring fire in the kiva, a table was set for two.  The first course was so delicious and simple.  Yogurt topped with granola and drizzled with honey.  I don’t know if was the Christmas lights all around or the fire…

Pa and His Present

Two of my favorite people in my world are celebrating their birthdays.  My beautiful granddaughter, Maryjane Rose, who adds so much sunshine and love to our family arrived five years ago this morning.  It was a snowy March day and we were snowed into the hospital.  The next morning dawned bright as Pa celebrated his…

March Winds of Change and Sequels

I have been sitting here in front of this laptop in the quiet din of the living room listening to the wind whip around outdoors for some time this morning.  I have so much on my mind that it jumbles and ties up my fingers.  I take another sip of the hot, earthy brew and…