The Desert Botanical Garden was my favorite outing this week in Phoenix. It was the only day my friends that we are staying with had off work. At the Botanical Garden, I learned about the ecosystem and plant life here. The long, meandering … Continue reading A Visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona
Petunia is still rather plump, even after having babies last autumn. She is very fluffy and so cute I wish she would come in the house to live, but of course squirrels don’t typically enjoy living in the house. She … Continue reading On the Verge of Spring at Pumpkin Hollow Farm (an enchanted life)
Amongst the branches of the miniature dome, they sing. I watch them flitting in and out of their hogan happily, busily. Some groups fly en masse to the bowl of bird seed in the front yard, another group will chat and … Continue reading The Sparrow Lofts
An early summer rain fell in nourishing streams all night. Sweet smelling morning, the sunshine struggles to come on bright. Listless sleeping clouds shift and moan in their heavy weight. They’ll be moving out at their slow encompassing rate. Birds are already … Continue reading After the Rain
I love that seeds want to grow. That Mother Nature is so efficient and that life wants to be. That one could plant corn seeds in a five gallon bucket and it will grow. I love the option to farm … Continue reading The Balcony Garden
I heard a faintly familiar sound as I approached the front door to let the lambs out. A swooshing and cleansing sound. The sound of rain. Of Spring rain. The shivering breath I had held all winter was released in a single, thankful exhale. We made it to spring. We made it through our first winter in this 1905 homestead. We made it through the thirty-five degree bathroom, we made it snuggled up with cats, and with six layers of clothes on. We are entering springtime on the homestead. It is beautiful. The rain washes the porches and my clothes … Continue reading Is That You Spring?
The weather reports are generally so off here that the weather announcer actually brags when they get it right! I’m not kidding. The snow from yesterday still wasn’t in the forecast as it was gently making its way down from the clear blue sky. I used to think that the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change” belonged strictly to Colorado but I have heard people outside of Colorado use it, so I guess not! The point is, sure it’s nice to see if a doozy is coming. If three feet of snow is expected, … Continue reading How to Predict the Weather