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The Good Life On Pumpkin Hollow Farm

The smells of a homestead.  The damp soil after watering, the plants pushing through the soil.  Upon opening the front door, the first smell is probably that of cat litter, I am afraid, but cats make a homestead a home.  Baking bread lingers with fresh coffee.  A big pot of broth bubbles away.  The dog …

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The memory of walking up the steps to my great-grandmother’s bungalow as a young girl is still vivid to me now.  Every summer the wide, cement porch railing would be filled with geraniums.  The lush greenery topped with clusters of brightly colored flowers waved in the warm air.  Geraniums mean welcome to me. I have …

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Could a simple cup of tea help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?  Can a simple cup of tea act as medicine? I drink four cups of tea with herbs in it daily.  Each batch is slightly different.  I will make a month’s worth of tea at a time.  This month’s tea is made up …

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  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 singing their tunes of glory be, as they flit around and praise summer from tree …

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In Liz Gilbert’s book, Big Magic, she refers to ideas as actual entities of their own and goes on to explain the real magic in that.  One poet talked about when an idea started coming she would run like heck to the kitchen to get paper and pen, sometimes even writing the poem backwards and …

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When approaching Great Grandma’s house after school, the riotous red geraniums greeted me first.  Their clusters of happy petals waving softly in the breeze.  Geraniums equaled Great Grandma’s house.  Geraniums are synonymous with large glasses of iced tea and hours of playing rummy. In my books about the Italian countryside the open windows of the …

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Time to stop and smell the flowers.  Doug snapped these beautiful photos yesterday.  Beautiful evening. In our hectic society we are taught to go, go, go!  The more one can get done, the better. But the whole reason behind taking a day of rest is to recuperate so that we are more efficient and healthier …

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Three more days of snow predicted.  The wind is howling.  I am in limbo.  Can’t use my new washer because nothing is staying on the clothes line!  Don’t want to chase any more underwear around the yard.  Can’t go planting.  The seeds will blow away.  Can’t let the baby chickies out.  They will freeze their bloomers …

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We love each season and each of their gifts.  Renewal, Sunshine, Harvest, Rest.  Each season in our house looks differently.  To switch from winter to spring a house needs but a few touches.  Trade heavy blankets and pillows for lighter ones on furniture.  A bold Indian blanket was replaced with Kat’s grandma’s beautiful quilt.  Still …

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