If I were to sum up the last three months in just five words, it would be these: Dear Winter, I’m over you. And so it was hard, today, when it was gloriously 70-degrees-and-sunny to want to do anything but sit on the porch and bask.
And so I didn’t do any of the things I [...]
Last night I draped two layers of row covers over my arugula to (hopefully) keep them from biting the dust. They all looked terrible after the first ‘Arctic Blast’; most of them were starting to perk up again & grow tender new leaves, but some of them had withered and died completely.
When I got back [...]
A while ago I was working in the garden, setting out thick layers of newspaper and covering them with grass clippings. I was working my way up the row, spreading & covering, spreading and covering, when something seemed out of place. In the back of my mind, something seemed not quite right.
I kept working, spreading [...]
Well, I finally figured out what the small orange bugs were that I’ve been squishing: leaf-footed stink bugs–and guess what? They totally destroyed my tomatoes. Several years back when I took a Plant Pathology course, insects were classified by their mouths/method of eating. For example, there were the piercing/sucking, and the rasping/chewing. These [...]
There have been some (unintentional) dietary changes around here of late.
I’ve recently discovered that I may be lactose intolerant, or at the very least half-and-half-in-my-coffee-intolerant. I’ve dealt with this stoically and with coconut milk, and by pretending that this intolerance does not also extend to cheese and ice cream. I wasn’t a huge dairy-eater to [...]
The neighbor lost his dog the other day.
And then we noticed a new fellow hanging out in the marsh, who sometimes makes loud noises that sound like an outboard motor trying to start:
“Hey, so do you think I should call the neighbor and tell him I found his dog?” I asked [...]
Every spring a sparrow nests in the eaves of the porch.
She arrives at the end of April, like clockwork.
She uses whatever’s left of last year’s nest, fluffing it up with a little more grass, a bit of moss, a tuft of something-or-other scavenged from the yard.
And then she sits. And waits.
In the mornings I take [...]
It is about this time of year that I notice them—the wild greens. I see them in highway medians, in fallow fields and front lawns, distinguishable only from other weeds only by the clustered spikes of yellow flowers swaying gently.
Where I used to work, at a non-profit, many of the families we worked with were [...]
Andy went out of town for the weekend. Three days he was gone, and in that time I started talking to the dog; tried to rescue an injured feral cat that clearly did not want to be rescued despite his piteous yowling & three-legged hobbling; and I tried to make friends with the crows by [...]