Dear Friends, Today is day five of 100-105 degree heat index. It's hard to believe that two months ago highs were lingering in the 40's and 50's and I was worried about how long I had to wait to get my Spring vegetables planted. By the first of May it was in the mid-to-upper 80's, … Continue reading Container Gardening in the Blazing Heat & Outsmarting the Squirrels
Hello Friends, It's Mediterranean Monday, one week off schedule! Last week I was out of town, and that means no cooking and no blogging until I returned home. After I got back, I stopped by a local produce stand and stocked up on fresh veggies. I was itching for a dish that allowed me to … Continue reading Mediterranean Monday: Greek Pasta with Farmer’s Market Veggies
Hi Friends! There are two kinds of spiders in my area that creep me out: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. The latter of the two much more than the former, because the Black Widow tends to know its place here in Southeast Missouri--inside hollowed-out logs in the woods! The Brown Recluse, on the … Continue reading Family Trip to the Lake, My Next Crazy Situation, and…Spider!
Hi Friends! Tuesday we had a heavy downpour here in Southeast Missouri, and I came home to find one leg of my Crabapple tree toppled over, splayed across a couple of my potted plants. And it wasn't the one leg that is barely clinging to life, nor the leg that stretches out over my cool weather … Continue reading A Week of Maddening Situations, Conquered by Kind Words from a Stranger
Hello Friends, It's Memorial Day and I hit the local Lowe's Garden Center first thing this morning, my unkempt hair swept back into a knot at the nape of my neck and smelling of Deep Woods Off. I went outside early to water my plants since we haven't had rain since Friday. The majority of … Continue reading Black Bean Salsa: Memorial Day Mediterranean Monday
Dear Friends, Being a mom is weird. It plays tricks on you. It is stressful, frustrating, complicated, even infuriating. It is also rewarding, joyful, fulfilling and enlightening. It can have you pulling your hair out, losing your ever-loving mind and begging for a break from your life one minute, and filled with love and happiness the next. … Continue reading My Boys Left for the Summer, Leaving my Mom Emotions Totally Confused
Hi Friends! Before I get to the meat of this post--this last week has been a busy one at my house! Saturday was spent cleaning out gutters, and I still have the gutters in the front to do. I discovered the section that was clogged when I bought the house is going to need to … Continue reading The Conflicting Roles of Mom and Single Woman Have Me Feeling Guilty