A trip to High Line Park

A visit to the New York City and the High Line. We just returned from New York City. Visiting the Big Apple during the Christmas season was on our bucket list, and this year we made it happen. Bill and I went to Manhattan in February 2008 with Bill’s youngest sister, Maria, and her husband,…

Christmas decor, a tale of two minds

When it comes to decorating for Advent and Christmas, I’m of two minds. On the one hand, I live in a log cabin, which just begs for natural decorations and flowers forced inside. I’m also a garden writer, so, in winter, I surround myself with green and growing plants. Otherwise, I might lose my ever-loving mind….

Growing amaryllis is easy

I like hippeastrum. What are hippeastrum you ask? We know them as amaryllis. When I write that I like them, I mean I’m a hipp-aholic. They brighten my house with their stately blooms before Christmas and after. Growing amaryllis is easy, and I want you to grow them too. Plus, thanks to Longfield Gardens, I get…

Blessed Easter everyone

I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Easter. We’re going to brunch this morning with family, and it will be a quiet time unlike past Easters. I’ve enjoyed the quiet. We went to Easter Vigil last night, and it was beautiful as always. Lovely to see people so excited to come into the Church….

True love for Valentine’s Day

I caught these two Northern Cardinals, male and female, posing two days ago. They make beautiful “love birds” on a cold and snowy day. For more information about the Northern Cardinal, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s wonderful website. There is everything from spring behavior to nesting and feeding sites. By the way, the Audubon…

Shiny Brite Christmas

I don’t have a lot of happy childhood memories of Christmas. My dad, who just happened to be a fallen-away Jehovah’s Witness, hated the holiday, and without meaning to, he often spoiled things for everyone. I won’t bore you with all the gory details, because they are the same old story acted out in many…

Butchart Gardens

Last summer, while in Seattle, Bill, the kids and I visited Victoria on Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens. I was told I should visit, so I did, and I dragged ASW and Bear along. Poor things. This may make me very unpopular, but while I walked Butchart, I kept thinking about how it reminded me…

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…

It’s the little things . . .

As I ate two, beautiful eggs from our chickens this morning, I thought, “It’s the little things which satisfy.” I’ll try to keep that in mind this Advent season if I get caught up in the hustle and bustle to make everything “just so.” The perfect tree, the perfect mantle decoration, the perfect post ….

The mighty amaryllis

Yesterday, I bought two amaryllis bulbs from two different places, one in a red pot from Whole Foods and the other at, horror of horrors, Wal-Mart. I was in this fix because while buying every spring-blooming bulb I could find locally and online, I passed up the mighty amaryllis. I have a habit of doing…