No Pears for You!

Fire Blight strikes!  Again. When the disease first appeared two years ago, I wrote the woeful post Fire Blight Blues. A year later, everything seemed hopeful.  Despite being deeply pruned, our pear tree once again appeared happy and healthy.  Mmm…no pears though. Early spring of 2018 seemed so hopeful.  The tree was full of white…

Ugly Squash

“When it comes to food, ugly simply means that it doesn’t live up to the culturally imposed standard of what a proper item should look like. We can combat these harmful and ridiculous standards by enjoying the array of misshapen fruits, vegetables and foodstuffs that we see everyday, and take a sense of pride and…

Community…Free Online Sketchbook Workshop

Originally posted on Danny Gregory:
 I am excited to be a part of  Sketchbook Revival, a FREE online workshop series full of amazing presenters. I urge you to join me! The workshop officially begins April 23rd and runs through May 4th. The artists leading the sessions will share their passions for creating in a sketchbook with…

Best Time To … Fish

The best time to fish is 1. Anytime if you love fishing and know what you’re doing.  2. Sometimes if you’re curious.  3. Always at a neighborhood fish market if you’ve given up on #1 and #2. For years, the only “fishing” I’d done was in the frozen food section of local grocery stores.  This…

Best Time To … Prune a Rosebush

The best time to prune a rosebush is when the wife ain’t looking. Last February, I came home to a side garden bereft of a rosebush and surrounding English Ivy. “Lawd have meercy Honey!  You’ve wacked the poor thing down the ground!  I ain’t gonna have any pretty pink roses for years!”  My Southern accent…

Best time to…Buy a New Sketchbook

Art supplies hoarder or unmotivated artist?  The best time to buy a new sketchbook is when you know it will be a joy to fill. I found such a book at the local Friends of the Library fundraiser.   Hidden beneath stacks of donated journals and somber funeral homes’ guest books (gratefully unused) were sketchbooks.  Discretely…

Cold Front Pushing In

Beware the lies of March! My apologies to Julius Caesar. February’s 80 degree days lulled me into dreams of buttery summer squash and plump tomatoes.   I imagined that March would continue the warming trend.  Sure enough on March 1st. the temperature reached 80.  Yay!  I ordered seeds for my spring vegetable garden. Also on March…

Just a Little Taste of Snow

February’s weather was quite unusual here in Middle Georgia.  We had about a week of balmy 80-degree days.   It felt like April in February!  So it was easy to forget this winter scene I began a month earlier.  Days of frigidly cold temperatures- which for a Southerner is any degree below freezing – was capped…

Homesteading Artist Acceptance

After writing the post Homesteading Artist Problems I was determined to spend more time in my little studio.  C’mon!  How hard can it be to finish one piece of work?  Well that was in July 2017.  The peach preserves were delicious.  I never planted the okra.  August 2017 was just too hot to wage war…