Has it been a month since we took a walk around the garden? It has been a month and a day, but truthfully, not much has changed since then. Autumn in DownSouth, Alabama is not as impressive as in New England or other places that have changing, spectacular colors. Most of our trees are still … Continue reading November in the Garden
Each season offers it's own gifts. Often, taking advantage of them has to be a conscious effort. I speed past, without notice. I look, but don't see the details. As I run errands or hurry to appointments, I do glance over to the side of the road and see the uncut borders of grass and … Continue reading Wildflower Walks
3:50 a.m. – Woke up with great ideas for blog post. Looked at clock and continued to think. 4:15 – I’m having such insightful ideas that I decided to get up to write. I had almost seven hours of sleep anyway. 4:20 – I’m pouring coffee and the dog asks to go out. 4:30 – … Continue reading Driven by Distraction
September is finally here, as we begin the last third of 2019. I won’t keep you long today, since it’s a holiday – Monday, September 2. Labor Day. You could say this day begins the “holiday season.” From now until the end of the year, it’s one holiday after another. Store shelves are displaying fall … Continue reading Change of Seasons
In Alabama this is called Camp Stew. In Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas it’s Brunswick stew. It’s similar to Burgoo in Kentucky and elsewhere. I prefer any of those names to Roadkill Stew where any wild game is used. You can find several variations on these ingredients, so it’s an imprecise recipe, relying on personal … Continue reading Extra Post: Camp Stew Recipe
After several serious blog posts, we'll return to the garden today to feed the birds. It's live entertainment in your own backyard. I know this is a typical "old people" thing, but we weren't that old when we started this hobby. My husband and I started doing this about thirty years ago and have made … Continue reading Time to Lighten Up
For the month of July, I participated, along with about 80 other Twitter users, in a 30-day gratitude challenge. Stoney deGeyter issued the charge to give a daily tweet with one to three things we are thankful for, promising extra credit if it was the first tweet of the day. He moderated this on-line forum … Continue reading Are You Catchin’ A Gratitude With Me?