Showdown at the Clearance Rack

Showdown at the Clearance Rack

Two gardeners faced off at the clearance rack. They eyed each other and planned their attack like the lawmen and outlaws at OK Corral, ’cept one grasped a dibble, the other a trowel. ”Who gets the wilted lily, you or me? And the leggy petunias in a pack of three?” They began to argue and holler, …

The Thrill of the Hunt!

Morels are funny-looking little mushrooms, and very well camouflaged. I was so excited one spring when I finally developed my “morel eyes.” I’d gone hunting for them the previous few years without any success. Maybe I was out too early, or too late, but I just didn’t find any.  Several years ago, one of my …

Schooling-at-Home Through a Pandemic

Schooling-at-Home Through a Pandemic

Tips for parents who have suddenly found themselves trying to finish the public school year at home.

Hidden Purpose

Hidden Purpose

Have you ever thought you were doing something for one reason, but with hindsight saw something else? My husband and I went through a difficult period earlier this year that was made a little easier when I began to consider that there might be more to the story. Our family used to live on the …

Rings that Bind

Rings that Bind

My sister and I have matching rings that were a special gift from our mother. She surprised us with them several Christmases ago. These rings connect us together, along with a few other women who came before us. William J. Hatley, and Emma Ingram grew up only a few miles from each other in a …

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

The day we had anticipated for so long was finally here. For months our daughter had been going through all the steps to make her dream become reality. Although I saw it approaching as she completed each step, I was still surprised that our baby had become such a confident young woman. When I wrote …

Simple Pleasures ~ Fruit Trees

Some of my childhood memories involve fruit trees, so my love for them must have started young. I remember when I first learned to ride a bike and called my mom out to watch. Maybe you guessed it – I rode right into a cherry tree! At that same house where we lived when I …

Is Homeschooling Right For You?

Is Homeschooling Right for You?

A new school year is looming upon us and many parents are deciding whether to take the plunge into homeschooling. I understand your fears as I was once in those shoes, but now that I’ve completed that journey I can assure you that, yes, you can do it. I’ve heard many people say, “Oh, I …

Gardening ~ The Slowest Fine Art

Gardening ~ The Slowest Fine Art

Once upon a time I saw a cute little sign that said “Gardening is the Slowest of the Fine Arts.” I had never thought of it that way, but isn’t that the truth?! I’ve always been creative, taking art classes all through my childhood, but in recent years my creativity has been channeled more through …

Friendly Flowers

Friendly Flowers ~ A Poem

When time is whizzing and life’s a frenzy, when dark clouds hover and troubles surround me,to the garden I must go,where my friendly flowers grow. While I’m digging in dirt and pulling weeds,pruning, watering, and planting seeds,the daffodils nod their bobbing heads in agreement with whatever I just said. And just look into Pansy’s pretty face,her …