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…

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…

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…

Homesteading Artist Problems

Problem #1: ITS EARLY SPRING.  Prepare the gardens for planting.   Summer squash, tomatoes and vibrant annual flowers.  Trimming back climbing ivy.  More time spent outdoors than indoors.  “Mmm.  I’ll have to do art later.  Then I can post it on my blog.” Problem #2: ITS LATE SPRING.  Roasting peanuts.  Fighting garden slugs and weeds…

The Cat

THE INSPIRATION: I recently posted Claire the Cat’s somewhat apologetic letter to a little girl.  If you are new to this blog, you may want to read Claire’s backstory: Claire the Cat .  Want to read more posts about her?  Type “cats” in the search bar. THE CHALLENGE:  Animals move.  Cats move a lot.   Unless…

Making Time for Art

“Mmm…I see you have a little arts and crafts corner.  Must be nice.”  Brother observed. I’d been crocheting  granny squares while watching television in the living room.  Yarn, hooks and a growing afghan had engulfed my writing desk and were spilling over onto the coffee table.  I frowned at the mess in the living room…

Today is NOT that Day

Dear Mr. Garden Guy, I recently stumbled across the most charming blog -Living for Today.  Although written by an adoring mother, its not a sugar ‘n cupcakes mommy blog.  So don’t roll your eyes!  She explains: “This blog is about realizing, enjoying and appreciating what I can do today.”  Its about everyday moments.  Turning even mishaps…