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Butterfly Love

So this weekend I fell in love with a butterfly. She entered my awareness in a very charming way. As I started down a path to walk into the woods, a most magical sound above my head.  A butterfly had swooped so close that I heard her wings fluttering before I saw her. I immediately

Only if…..

So I made the most delicious batch of wild violet tea a few days ago. Of course, I am allowed this luxury because I don't put chemicals all over my meadow/lawn to kill plants. If I was using all those nasty herbicides, those sweet violets wouldn't be there for me to joy with. Be-ing deeper,

DIY Sheep costume

First we calculate how big costume will be. Most patterns come in 2,500, 5,000, 15,000 square feet increments, although smaller and bigger costumes are quite common. An easy calculation of length x width, and subtraction of inner 3 dimensional areas. Strangely this easy math is not commonly addressed, and more costume than necessary is often

I gotta get out of here

As I was scurrying getting ready to go to work, I was suddenly stopped by the forlorn expression of a plant. My night-blooming Jasmine was not-so-silently looking out the window. I could feel it. Her leaves were turned for optimum sun intake, even as the sun in that particular window wasn't that great. She had

Under cover

Snuggled into my quilts this morning, I realized it had really been a long time since I blogged. I am dormant. I closed my eyes and imagined what it was like to be a seed right now. Somewhere, nestled in the winter-cold Earth. Autumn's abundance of fallen leaves my blanket. A layer of snow my

The price is right!

Quite some time ago, I blogged about sending a package to one of my dear friends. She has a bit of a challenge trudging through the winter season. A box of cheer for the price of a Priority Mail box...$5.20. Worth every cent and more! Read that blog here: This morning I was once

My leaves aren’t leaving

Spent such a great afternoon in the garden yesterday. Clipping and chopping, getting ready for winter. I like the neater look, plus it frees up spring chore lists. Some plants I don't cut back until spring. Joe Pye Weed, Coneflower, Aster are great seed sources for bird feeding habitat. I used to leave my Liatris

The land of milk and honey!

Yesterday I helped a bumblebee. Poor thing had got caught out in the rain, was soaked and clinging to a Joe-Pye weed bloosom. I stopped and slowly breathed on her, warming her and drying her off. She started twitching a bit and then finally flew off, to my great delight. I wonder what kind of

I heard a butterfly talk!

While visiting a dear friend for her birthday, I admired her huge patch of multicolored Zinnias. A few bright Cosmos also had seeded here. The day was sunny and bright. The temperature perfect. That kind of summer day that all summer days would be compared to.   Not only were the blossoms full on gorgeous,