Pneumonia Weather

“Hold on.  I ‘ave to blo my noz again.”  Despite the protective layers of Kleenex, the full force of my mucus filled blows reverberated across the phone lines.  My genteel southern momma would not have been pleased. “Sorry ’bout dat.”  My friend accepted my stuffy reply.  But wondered if I was coming down with a…

Best Time To…Buy Organic

  The best time to buy organic is when it is so “ugly” that no one else wants it!   “Ugly” fresh food is my gold standard for healthier meal-making at a reduced cost.   But to find ORGANIC products at a deep discount…OH….MY….GOODNESS! Eating my homegrown organic is a lot less expensive.   But my gardens produced…

Community…Artwork by Joe Adams

The bears have it all wrong!  Hibernate during the growing season.  Forget the berries and the picnic baskets Bobo.  Wait until the shorter days, colder months.  Nothing to plant.  Nothing to cultivate.  Nothing to harvest.  No yard maintenance. Art bears to the studio! Bear bloggers to the keyboard! But bears can’t write or make art. …

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…