Sunday, September 24, 2017

Barks and Recreation

Last weekend, I grabbed the camera and followed Jasper and Tyler around the yard. My goal is to create a puppy journal, but it's a challenge to take photos of a fast-moving Scottie. Usually, after a long "walkie," he's ready for the puparazzi. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pool House into a She Shed-- The Beginning

For a long time, I'd had my eye on the pool house. It was private, yet close to the house. Best of all it was self-contained, with heating, air, sinks, a fridge, and a bathroom. It felt like a quiet, simple retreat, a place to write and tinker. In 2015, we added cedar shingles, white trim, and bronze gutters. But it would be two more years before I turned my attention to the interior.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's always a pleasure to see you at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Can't wait to see what you've brought to the party! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Autumn Lessons

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree."

-- Emily Brontë, English Novelist and Poet 

After a few days of chilly weather, the trees took notice. It's easy to miss these early signs if I'm not alert. But this year, I'm paying attention. At first, the world around me seems unchanged, lush and green, as if summer will last forever, but I wouldn't want that. All year, I wait for autumn, and the equinox arrives on September 22nd. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas

As the warm, golden days of September blend into chilly evenings, I start to crave spicy foods. Last weekend, time and energy collided, along with crisp weather--it was the perfect moment to make chicken enchiladas.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Fall is in the air at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I'm looking forward to seeing your ideas.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Five months old, and Jasper is a comedienne in a fur costume.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Apple Diaries

 The smell of freshly peeled apples defines early autumn. As a result, when September arrives, I begin my search for a just-right apple cake. On Labor Day weekend, I finally had time to experiment. Unfortunately, I veered far away from Betty Crocker, into Dr. Frankenstein territory.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hilltop Trellis Garden

This post really should be titled, In Praise of Raised Beds or Gardening for People Who Don't Have Muscles. Otherwise, you'd be reading about one of my failed apple cakes. Luckily, our home came with an established yard, which included three raised beds in a trellis garden. I never realized how much they would change the way I garden.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Autumn Garden Goals

The mild, sweet days of September have awakened my gardening soul. I drove to the greenhouse and picked out a few mums and replaced my ragged gloves. I'm not quite ready to buy pansies, but soon. They look so girly and cute with their fat faces and vibrant colors. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Foodie Friday and Everything Else
September 7th through September 8th

With all of the dire storms in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, I hope this week finds you safe and dry. Sending positive thoughts to everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Irma (and also Jose and Katia--a triple threat). Harvey blew through our area, and lightning knocked out our Internet for many days. I did a little baking and organizing--and playing with Jasper.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. 
Before we begin, let's send up prayers for Texas and all other areas that were in Harvey's deadly path. In past years, when we lived on the Gulf Coast, we experienced tropical storms and hurricanes, but the devastation in Texas is beyond reckoning. I'm hearing reports that Louisiana is in a dangerous situation, too.
Our prayers will keep coming.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Early Autumn Pasta Salad

September is almost here, but I'm not quite ready to cook hearty meals. Warm, muggy evenings call for something light and refreshing--and easy. What's more perfect than a colorful, flavor-packed pasta salad? 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fall Tablescape Blog Hop

I'm delighted to join an amazing group  of bloggers for a fall tablescape blog hop, organized by the talented Chloe Crabtree of the popular blog, Celebrate and Decorate. You'll find links to the participating bloggers at the end of the post.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. The next time I see you, it'll be September. Judging from last week's party, many of you have one foot in August and one in Autumn, creating a fun-filled, creative party. I'm eager to see what you're linking up today.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

10 End-of-Summer Meal Ideas

August gives us a chance to savor the very best of summer. Seasonal produce is vibrant and abundant, calling out from gardens and roadside stands. Soon enough, we'll be knee deep in cinnamon and root vegetables, but until then, we can enjoy recipes that will take us into September.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Field Notes from the Total Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse ventured into my neck of the woods on August 21st, putting my hilltop in the path of totality--a 70-mile wide band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The last event of this kind passed over the United States in 1918, and it won't happen again on this hilltop for a long, long time. According to"The mean frequency for a total eclipse of the sun for any given point on the Earth's surface is once in 375 years."