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My New Story!

Kindle Vella went live yesterday and with it my new story, Until the Last Star Goes Out. I was away camping! Since Kindle Vella is brand new, here’s the lowdown: this is a new platform meant especially for people who like to read short bits on their phones and mobile devices. The stories are in […]

Summer Ramblings

So much to catch up on since my last post! Last time I wrote I was still feeling the effects of having had Covid. Then I had to finish out the school year. After that I took on two weeks of summer school. All the while, of course, working on the yard and garden, etc. […]

Not Quite So Fast . . . Keep that Covid Mask Handy

One month ago I came down with a really bad cold. I’d gone from a runny nose, presumably spring allergies, to major congestion. It ticked me off. How could I possibly catch ANYTHING with the social distancing, masking, and isolation? Where I live, virtually everyone was keeping to the rules. In fact, I’ve yet to […]

Earth Day Half-Price Sale

Better late than never (better never late) my 8th grade teacher used to say. This post ideally should have gone up a week ago, but if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know that the Seed Savers ebooks have been discounted all week in honor of Earth Day. Regularly $5.99 each, you […]

12 Suggestions for First Gardens

Are you new to gardening? Here are my suggestions if you are planting a garden for the first time. Always use planting recommendations for your local area. Instant Gratification: Radishes. Radishes can germinate in as little as 3 or 4 days! A sense of accomplishment: Tomatoes. Tomatoes are so easy to start from seed and…

March 2021 Garden Update

As March is easing out and April is peeking in the back door, I thought it was time for a garden update. The garden here has been, well, slow. It was 28 degrees outside when I got up this morning, so, yeah, you can see why even the radishes took their time braving the above-ground. […]

Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence Book Review

I just finished reading this great MG/YA book. I don’t know if it was a big deal when it came out or not. It was published in 2000 and seems to have won some praise but I don’t remember it from anything. It was just one of those books on my bookshelf that I’d never […]

Using Those Frozen Tomatoes

I write a lot of posts about tomatoes. Since it’s still winter this one is a recipe post. One of my favorite ways of preserving an abundance of tomatoes from my garden is to throw them all in a ziploc bag and toss them in the freezer. Seriously, no work. Not like turning them into […]

Grateful to be Back…Ode to Electricity

Like many places in the country, my family and I recently experienced a lengthy power outage. Although we never got the snow we were promised, there was snow all around and we got plenty of ice. We’ve lived in this house for nearly 30 years. It’s in town and in the past we’d never lost […]

And So It Begins…(Again)

The gardening. The past couple of years I’ve been growing a little tired (in the truest sense of the word) of gardening. Meaning, I haven’t been in a hurry to begin, or I chose to buy starts for some plants rather than early seeding them myself. But this year I’m finally feeling it again. A […]