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…

Housewifery Holiday

“Do you want to go walking earlier Monday?”  The text came from my exercise partner and BFF.  (Can you use that term when you’re over 50?)  She spends her days solving complex problems in a research laboratory. “Earlier???  Off tomorrow?”  I’ve lost track of holidays. “YES.”  She must think I’m nuts to forget Labor Day….

Too Hot for Tomatoes

To a southerner, steamy temperatures above 90 isn’t a heat wave.  Its Summer.  Until it gets too hot for tomatoes.   We continue in our summer routines – cutting grass, washing trucks, fighting off blood-sucking insects. We take little notice of the oppressive heat until the tomatoes stop growing.  When its too hot for pollination…

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…

Because Cats Can’t Write

Me-I-ow will not scare tiny people who visit my hoomans. Me-I-ow will not scare tiny people who visit my hoomans. Me-I-ow will not scare tiny people who visit my hoomans.   Me-I-ow will not scare tiny people who visit my hoomans. Me-I-ow will not scare tiny people who visit my hoomans. Me-I-ow will not scare…

Rosemary and Soil Conditioning

A Repost about early soil conditioning challenges and changes to the front garden featured in the Rosemary Sketch. Dear Mr. Garden Guy, Why didn’t you stress the importance of soil conditioning? When we moved into the new subdivision, its lovely laid lawns and planted shrubbery disguised a horrible truth.  The builders had stripped the land of its…