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…

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…

A Memory Garden

Dear Mr. Garden Guy, Do you remember the day I had to hide Momma’s yard tools? A few years earlier we had finally convinced my then 84 year old mother to stop cutting her own grass. “Convinced” is a nice way of saying my brother took her push mower away for servicing and never brought…

Sewing With Claire the Cat

This is Claire the Cat. She is head of quality control at ArtReach.  A perfectionist, she can be overly critical of my sewing skills.  And remains unimpressed with my use of a vintage Singer machine. Under Claire’s watchfulness I’ve made a  variety of items including those microwavable heat therapy pillows everyone loves so much.  The…

How I Met Your Momma

“Did your Momma ever tell you we knew each other when we were young?”  Papa, my dear father-in-law, had piqued my interest. I first met Robert Massey shortly after becoming engaged to his eldest son.  He treated me kindly, as a cherished daughter.  So I called him Papa like everyone else.  Likewise Momma embraced Billy…

Housewifery

“HOUSEWIFE: A married woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework.” – Oxford Dictionary. “Denise, do you work anywhere now?”  A neighbor asked, evidently curious about my constant presence at home. “Yes.  Yes  I work very hard as a full-time Housewife.” There was a pause.  A puzzled but…

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…

Why Buy Ugly?

Originally posted on The Thrifty Gourmand:
According to National Geographic, about one-third of all global food production goes to waste. Even more staggering, nearly two-thirds of that waste is caused neither by drought, poor refrigeration nor insects, but rather results from the way the food looks. That means that “an estimated six billion pounds of…

If It Ain’t Broke…

“You must have some symptoms.  What are your symptoms?”  My friend  pressed me.   Carolyn works in a medical research lab.  She wanted facts, statistics.  Sure I had been running a slight fever.  No.  I didn’t check my temperature.  It had been hard for me to concentrate.  No.  I can’t really account for my lack of focus.  My responses…