• Garden
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017

    “A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I notice it when I’m heading indoors from photographing the lilac buds one day. Tucked away, hidden almost, among the growing greenery that will one day turn to a mound of white daisies, the soft downy white bud bows in […]

  • Family
  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” ~ Andrew Jackson I am Skyping with my granddaughter; she is quizzing me from a list questions she compiled. (Really, what did grandmothers do before telephones and Skype when their grandchildren lived far away? I shudder […]

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017

    “Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson. . . When there was nothing to preserve, she began to pickle.” ~ Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop It’s like that for Mrs. Hoye too. Yesterday, Gerry scored more asparagus at the green grocer that came from one of the nearby farms so I’m making pickles […]

  • Today
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    “Most of the dandelions had changed from suns into moons.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov It’s cooler today, and looks like the same for tomorrow. It’s a condiment day (ketchup = catch-up). I know. Groan. I was taken aback by something I read during my morning devotional time yesterday and need more soak time with it. I […]

  • Garden
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    “The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby – how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as […]

  • Garden
  • Monday, May 22, 2017

    “It is a time of quiet joy, the sunny morning. When the glittery dew is on the mallow weeds, each leaf holds a jewel which is beautiful if not valuable. This is no time for hurry or for bustle. Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.” ~ John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat I […]

  • Seasons
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017

    “Respecting the dignity of a spectacular food means enjoying it at its best. Europeans celebrate the short season of abundant asparagus as a form of holiday. In the Netherlands the first cutting coincides with Father’s Day, on which restaurants may feature all-asparagus menus and hand out neckties decorated with asparagus spears.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver It’s […]

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  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

    “Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” ~ Marcel Proust These kind of days are my favourites–sunshine, warm temperature, and a good measure of silence and solitude. I’ve resolved to take more down time this year so there’s a good chance I’ll spend some time on the deck with a book […]