preparing for spring

The crocuses are blooming in my yard; the hellebores are flowering in my garden. While walking Tully the Dog today, we came across a round of robins–at least 15 birds. Not so surprising as yesterday’s northern Virginia temperature reached near 80 degrees....
winter newsletter

winter newsletter

Happy New Year! Thank you for signing up for my seasonal newsletter! It’s winter in Virginia, and unlike last year, we are getting crushed by the same super low temps hitting other parts of the country. My kids are already planning on two-hour delays for school...
summer newsletter – deleted chapter

summer newsletter – deleted chapter

As summer winds down, I’m reminded that my favorite season is right around the corner. I love autumn—the fall foliage, the anticipatory feeling that the holidays are just around the corner, not to mention that the kids are back in school. With the end of one season,...
garden invasion

garden invasion

For the 2nd year in a row, half of my garden has been in turmoil. It starts around October when the neighborhood vixen and fox dig a deep hole along our foundation and under our garage. We fill it up; they come back and dig it out. After trying to take our garden back...
what we stand for and what we stand to lose

what we stand for and what we stand to lose

Corolla Beach, NC Dear Administrator Pruitt, I grew up never witnessing a bald eagle in flight—there were barely any left—and now find it amazing that I can walk across a parking lot in the DC suburbs and look up to see one flying overhead. I’m a big city-cum-small...
perspectives and imagination

perspectives and imagination

Believe it or not, when I was a young child, I loved going to the dentist office–Dr. McKenna’s in Flint, Michigan to be precise. He always stocked the magazine racks with fresh copies of Ranger Rick and Highlights. Even going with four sisters in tow, I could always...
northern necking

northern necking

What happens when a car and driving blogger asks a romance author to write about a romantic drive? You get “Northern Necking,” of course. Click below to read my full guest blog on Harvey Briggs’ Rides and...

romance and realism

I’m sitting at my dining room table, enjoying the breezy view of my backyard. Don’t let the dappled sunlight and shady oaks fool you. It’s sweltering outside. It’s during these early August days that I feel the most guilt about my garden.  There are days when I rarely...

oh honey, you’ll be fine

“Oh Honey, you’ll be fine.” This was the best advice my mom ever gave me. For example, when I told her that I was having twin boys. “Oh Honey, you’ll be fine.” Or when I called her in tears to say that one of my kids was dyslexic. Any catastrophe that hit my...
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