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breathing underwater

breathing underwater

I wrote this post last fall.  But I never could decide if I should publish it or not.  On bad days I would re-read it and decide I was full of shit.  On good days it would make perfect sense.  I think I’ve decided that it is a valid point of view, even when I’m […]

tepee flower house

tepee flower house

This is the gardening project I’m the most excited about right now.  As you may recall, last year was the Sunflower House.  It didn’t work out as well as I would’ve liked due to shade, drought, high winds, whirling child-sized dervishes and a vicious weed-wacker.  But it was cheap and fun to try.  Still, every […]

herb garden

herb garden

Okay, Iet’s change focus from the ongoing destruction of my flower garden.  (SOB) I’ve had a working herb garden for a few years now.  But it needed help.  There was a mysterious plant that may or may not have been an herb.  I ripped it out.  The kids kept trying to eat the lantana.  So […]

Oh the humanity!

Oh the humanity!

We need the rain.  REALLY bad.  So I was thrilled that we got a bit yesterday and today.  Maybe 2 inches?  Yay garden! WRONG.  Turns out the gutters were a little stopped up (strange, since there are no trees in the back).  So a Niagra Falls dumped itself on my tiny seedlings.  Behold the carnage: […]

new "flower" garden

new “flower” garden

It helps to have a good mama friend who also loves gardening.  The spouses watch the kids while we dig in the dirt.  My mom is also a gardening geek and digs while babysitting.  So now I have a new bed on the southern wall of my house.  This year I’m planting flowers.  (Mostly perennials, […]

raised bed redesign

raised bed redesign

The old one was made of railroad ties.  Pros:  Cheap and easy to assemble.  Cons:  Treated with chemicals that were possibly leaching into the soil.  The boards warped, causing earth and water to pour out of the cracks.  The rebar holding it all together kept stabbing the kids. So it was worth it to buy […]

conversation with Violet

conversation with Violet

I was trying to explain to Violet that we’re going to a bake sale to help Ike: “What’s a bake sale?” “Oh, people make things like cookies, brownies, cupcakes…” “For baby Ike?” “Yeah!” “Oh, he’s going to be sick if he eats all that.”

please give my family an island

I have loads and loads of cousins, all of them awesome.  Two of them want to win an island in Australia.  Okay, they want to be “caretakers” for six months.  If they win, I’m going to visit.  So vote for them.  Or just watch the videos and note the charm, intelligence and good looks that […]