Author Archives: cherielanglois

Week Without Plastic–Fail

  I guess I’ve put off this blog for about as long as humanly possible.  Remember?  The one I said I’d write to report on how my “Week Without Plastic” went?  Of course you don’t, because this was ages ago.  But yeah, well, about that… I failed, okay? To begin with, I only kept a […]

A Week Without Plastic–Kind Of

The giant jellyfish dangled from the ceiling–a vivid yellow and orange, almost luminous. Pretty until you stepped closer and realized it was composed entirely of ugly plastic garbage found washed up on the beach.  Plastic buoys and plastic ropes.  Plastic styrofoam pieces and plastic bottles.  Plastic items you couldn’t even identify anymore. It was early […]

A Haven for Pollinators

Happy tail-end of National Pollinator Week! On this warm, sunny June day, our farm buzzes, hums, and flutters with pollinators–those amazing animals that do the important job of transporting pollen between the male (anther) and female (stigma) parts of a flower.  Fuzzy bumblebees bury themselves in the mock orange blossoms.  Hummingbirds zip up to sip […]

Slowing Down

So…about that marathon resolution I made in 17 for 2017. Training was going sort of okayish until last Sunday, when I awoke feeling like my intestines had twisted themselves into a fiery knot. By day’s end, I was at the hospital flying high on painkillers and calling to woozily tell loved ones I loved them […]

17 for 2017 Update: Letting Go

Three months down, and I’m still plugging away at my 17 for 2017 New Year’s Resolutions.  So far I’ve found nine geocaches (#17), cooked up three new recipes (#13), given garden gifts to seven people (#14), and discovered four new places (#10).  Brett and I have been taking swing dance/lindy hop lessons (fun!), which I’m […]


“Maybe that’s the best part of going away for a vacation–coming home again.”  ~Madeleine L’Engle It’s this autumn past and I’m in Andalucía, Spain with my husband, reveling in all that is different from home.  Big haunches of jamón and vibrant Flamenco dresses hanging in shop windows.  Narrow roads winding through silver-green olive groves and cork […]

17 for 2017: Ready, Set, Go

This week I’ve been working my way through the usual New Year’s to-do list.  Christmas decorations lovingly packed away?  Check.  New calendars obtained and displayed?  Check.  Hoppin’ John (a southern dish with ham and black-eyed peas) cooked up and devoured to ensure good luck?  Check. Resolutions made? Um. Okay, I confess:  struggling with year-end fatigue (please […]