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My Little Bit of Eden

Sometimes dreams do come true.  No, I didn’t win the lottery.  That one probably won’t come true since I don’t buy lottery tickets.  But a little gardening dream of mine has become reality. I ran across this 2002 Wayside Gardens catalog in a stash of … Read More

Oatmeal Muffins and a Cup of Coffee

Five Thoughts

  If a job’s pay scale was determined by how difficult it is to get a bathroom break I would surely be earning a triple-digit salary. On the bright side, I don’t start my work day by donning a Kevlar vest and getting  a  pain-killing shot like the … Read More


Embracing Change

“So make friends with whatever’s next.” I read these words from Max Lucado last night.  My friend Corina gave me  the little book  Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, and the short passages have been just right size to squeeze in before we go to … Read More


How Many Ways Can I Use a Quilt?

Anyone that knows me well knows that I don’t have much tolerance for being cold.  One negative aspect of traveling to Zambia each summer is that I trade a month of summer warmth for a month of winter instead.  Winters in Zambia are mild compared to … Read More


Flowering Quince

The bees and I were both quite pleased by the arrival of blooms on the flowering quince bush that lines my driveway. The bees were busy with their business of gathering, so they ignored me as I got about my business of gathering.  Despite the … Read More


Vintage Valentines

Here are a few of my favorite Valentines just for you. I miss being at school today. Valentine’s Day is BIG in fifth grade.  My substitute  is probably enjoying chocolate and valentine cards from my students.  I’m certain those cards will be a bit different than … Read More

My Favorite Reptile

Looks Like I’ll Need More Yarn

A couple of weeks ago I posted my Top Ten Things to Do While Whipping Cancer.  It seems I haven’t made much progress at all on #10, “Try to learn a little French.”  Unless you count checking out the beautiful French blogs that I read (okay, … Read More

rose and seed

What do you give a gardener for her birthday?

  If you are a ten year old boy you might ask your mom for a vase and pluck a sweet little rose from your yard.   A Cecile Bruner perhaps?  Let’s take another look. Notice the special touch he added to the arrangement? This gift giver is … Read More


The Mother of All Peppers

  I read recently that the chiltepin is called the “mother of all peppers” because it is thought to be the oldest form in the Capsicum annuum species. I don’t know if that is true, but I believe this bush is the mother of a … Read More

Angel and Seeds

What do you give a gardener?

If you want to give a gift to a gardener, what do you give? If you are a fifth grade boy you can find the answer in your lunch bag.  After the first few days of school I received this unexpected gift. A seed freshly … Read More