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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tis the season to be strapped for time and energy, so please excuse me for keeping this holiday blog short, but sweet.  Literally sweet.  Because what follows are my two sweet gifts to you:  two recipes for two super easy (and did I mention sweet?) treats that can be whipped up in a flash for […]

Yes, I have been known to literally hug a tree on occasion.  And yes, I do consider myself a tree hugger in the figurative, often derogatory sense in which this term is used-that is, I’m an environmentalist, defined as follows:  a person who’s concerned with, and advocates for, the protection of the environment.  But don’t worry, I’m not […]

Warning:  Goats can be addictive.  I’m serious here. Once you’ve welcomed these capricious creatures to your farm, once you’ve witnessed their silly antics, once you’ve given them head rubs and hugs and hung out with them in a sunny pasture while they lazed around you chewing their cud (or kept trying to squeeze onto your lap)–there’s a good […]