In the fall


Life around home

A golden flurry of walnut leaves fills my backyard—they are always the first to go. Mornings are nippy; coffee tastes good. Tomato sauce boils over on my stove. I am sick of canning. A few dried beans today and then I am done for the year, and I say Good Riddance, though I’m happy with […]

September 15, 2014

Update


Brain things

Confession: After much reflection on this topic of blogging, I have concluded that the only way forward is for me to stop altogether. Thanks to everyone for allowing a good time to be had by all. Sorry. That was my April Foolish attempt at a lame joke. But I trust anyway that you’ll find the […]

April 1, 2014

Peeps cupcakes


Food

Confession: The weather is 13 degrees Fahrenheit in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and according to weather.com it feels like 1°. But it’s March 5, and today I saw the robins. Here’s a sweet idea for welcoming spring. Your favorite cupcake recipe + green-tinted frosting + sugared marshmallow Peeps = kiddo happiness, big time. Pretty self-explanatory, really. If […]

March 5, 2014

Horatian Ode to a Meadville Winter


Life around home

With deepest apologies to Horace, Keats, Shelley, Rossetti, and anyone else who ever created something beautiful. Also to my grandmother and my first-grade teacher, who expected better. * Season of clouds, of barren gray and dun Close bosom-friend of darkness. What is sun? A thing of faerie. Bitterest wind, and snow on snow Relentless misery […]

March 2, 2014

January phenomenon


Life around home

Brethren, it is flat COLD out there. Today I saw something I’ve never seen before in my life: the wind had rolled its own snowballs. They call em snow rollers. I hear they’re all over facebook in my town, and an Ohio article today featured some cool pictures. I feel really honored that the wind […]

January 27, 2014