Adventures in Foodscaping

It is very satisfying to see results early in the season.  I owe a debt of gratitude (and a share of what comes up) to my pal, G, who helped me get my kitchen garden planted after a long winter/early spring of first low energy and fatigue, then four weeks of vertigo.  My vision for our Read More …

Shifting Purpose

I am coming out of a low period. Finally. Thank, God. Adrenal fatigue. A lingering bout of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV). I don’t recommend either condition, frankly. Turns out I can only stress this body so hard (physically or mentally). Before it just. Sinks. To the ground. Lesson learned.  Again. But, this post is not Read More …

Garden Carnage Update

We have a sewer line again! The plumber repaired the broken section yesterday, and snaked out the whole line, which was also 3/4 full of grease. Needless to say, I’ll be shoving some BioClean down the drains to eat that gunk up. The general recommendation is to use the stuff, because your pipes will collect grease Read More …

Garden Carnage

Oy. Oy. Oy. The joys of older home ownership. Like snaking clumps of clay from the sewer line. Like calling a plumber and he says, “that’s not good.” Like said plumber confirming that the sewer line has to be dug out…through the landscaping that you designed, excavated, and toiled months to put in. Like… You Read More …

Raging Spring Fever

Spring has brought on a raging case of GSD. Get Shicht Done. It’s weird. I am positively obsessed with garden and house improvements. This year I have started earlier because I want to get this vegetable and fruit gardening thing down. Ever since I had a kid, it seems important to me that I have Read More …

Shifting Routines

Adopting another being to live in your home creates a shift.  Energy and routines change. I find myself there.  Zoey and Mercedes, the kitty, are developing an uneasy peace. Uneasy more from Mercedes’ point of view.  She understandably gets riled up at this giant creature who puts a big paw on her and insists that Read More …

Photo Meditation on Hope

This morning I stood in my garden and the clarity of light reminded me of that morning fourteen years ago when I watched live as the second plane hit the second tower. But I didn’t want to dwell on the darkness of that day, which ripped deeply into my psyche and wounded me with fear Read More …

Rodent Showdown – Part 2

So, my neighbors figured out why our yards suddenly became a super highway for rats when we really haven’t changed much this summer. There’s a rental house across the street whose tenants are not, shall we say, “a responsible lot”.  For example the first weekend or so after the original said rental tenant moved in Read More …

Rodent Showdown

I hate rats.  I hate mice.  Yes, I should love all of God’s creatures.  But I don’t.  Not rats and mice.  If you want to see me turn cold and lethal, mention one of these vectors of contagion, rabies and Black Death.  I don’t want them in my house.  I don’t want them in my garden.  I don’t want Read More …