Advent, a quiet season of change

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but I’ve been deep in thought this Advent. Many changes are coming to our family. Over the last nine years, you’ve watched as our children grew from tots and teens to adulthood. In May, Megan is marrying Robert. Brennan will graduate from college the same month, and Claire will…

Growing plants in the greenhouse

Have you ever wanted a greenhouse? Most obsessive gardeners do, and who could blame them? Growing plants in a greenhouse is one of those exquisite pleasures Victorian gardeners understood. A greenhouse or sunroom full of plants gets a gardener through the cold, dark days of winter. This is the third winter for our greenhouse, and we’ve figured out…

The Christmas season is upon us

Are you ready for the big day? No? I’m not either, but I’ve found over the years whether I’m ready or not, it still comes, and that’s a good thing. I’ve given up on making every cookie, every bar, here’s a link to my gluten and dairy free lemon squares. Instead, I’ve learned, after four…

Victorian stroll

Last night, Bill and I went to dinner in Guthrie. For the first time in over twenty years of living outside our quaint little town, we attended the Victorian Stroll. Guthrie truly is a Victorian town, and fortunately time and “urban progress” didn’t change its unique character. Because I didn’t know we were stopping, I…

On the occasion of the Winter Solstice

For those of us with colder temperatures, or even snow, winter seems like it arrived a few weeks ago, but according to the U.S Naval Observatory Eqinoxes and Solstices list, winter officially makes its appearance today at 12:47 p.m. Around here, temperatures are moderate with a high today of 62F.  However, Wednesday and Thursday are…

My Heart in Stillness Waits

Advent is all about waiting.  Lighting the purple and pink candles.  Waiting for the Christ child to be born and placed in the manger.  Waiting for Him to come again at the end of time. When I lit the wreath today, I wondered how people felt before electricity.  In the coldest and shortest days of…

Light One Candle

After reading posts on the advent season from two very talented bloggers, Tongue in Cheek and Plant Whatever Brings You Joy, I am inspired to share some of the Red Dirt Hacienda’s holiday traditions over the next few days. Just don’t expect mine to be as erudite or classy. Exhibit A: our over-the-top advent wreath….