- 4:36 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer
The year was 1978 and it was the first September of my life that my mother hadn’t made me a breakfast of something like Ralston and toast with a banana and sent me off to school…
I’d recently graduated, moved from my small home town to a city a few hours away, gotten my first apartment and would be sending myself off to class at a community college. What was I studying? Broadcasting, of course!
My older brother, Matt, was too at college – just 40 minutes up the road at the University. While we weren’t exactly the inseparable duo we’d been [More]
- 2:39 pm Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by Staff Writer
What a long glorious weekend!
It was full of rest, relaxation and restoration for me. How about you?
The family and I went to the Washington coast and as the kids played field games, ran on the beach, ate watermelon, and had bonfires, I painted.
Painting, creating, trying new techniques, and “giving birth” to art has been my salvation and continues to be.
I saw some mixed media art pieces some time back that I fell in love with and found out the artist authored a book on her technique. I purchased said book, and have fully immersed myself in two large canvases; one in [More]
- 5:33 pm Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer
What a weekend I had!
For starters there was an abundance of beautiful sunshine and unseasonably high temps that crossed over into the 80’s. The sun warmed my back, my face, and deep within. It was so welcome after a cold, rainy, spring!
On Saturday I hit a neighborhood-wide garage sale with my sis, niece and nephew (in-law.) What fun and what bargains! I found a dresser for my on-the-way grandbaby, ladders for fruit picking and other farm tasks, and some amazing jewelry.
My sis got a much needed lawn-mower, leaf blower, and extension ladder (home ownership!), and Charisa & Nick scored a [More]
- 12:18 pm Friday, May 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Garden Wars are ON!
Each year I challenge family and friends to this little competition… an opportunity to show off, boast, post, and bs our way through spring, summer, and fall.
In reality, it’s just a way to get and keep our enthusiasm for growing going, and enjoying the fruits of our labors.
We really kicked it off this week after the sun not only came out, but stayed with us for a few days. Everything came bursting to life around us.
My entry was by way of the most fragrant lilacs I’ve ever met. Producer Janey rubbed her petulant pink rhododendrons in my [More]
- 11:56 am Friday, May 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer
“What potent blood hath modest May.”
– Ralph W. Emerson
Potent blood indeed. May is here, the month where the world is positively BURSTING with new life. Even those areas of our country that have had an on-going winter cannot deny that spring is on it’s way.
There are leaf buds and flowers everywhere but the arctics right now, and even there, I bet you’d be able to find a little patch somewhere that wasn’t frozen particularly solid.
Our newsletter schedule missed May Day by 24 hours, but I hope yours contained at least the thought of Maypoles and May baskets, and better [More]
- 4:50 pm Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Spring has been teasing me this week with sunny skies and warmer temperatures, white fluffy clouds with wide expanses of blue between and no, I repeat, NO rain for many days.
I know it’s but a brief interlude before more moisture falls, so outside I have been.
Digging in the garden – I even found a patch of potatoes that had wintered over in-ground. Nothing has tasted as good lately as those potatoes did on my plate later in the evening.
I’ve been weeding and seeding, crying and sighing, rinsing and repeating. Nature soothes my soul like no other balm. Have you found [More]
- 5:25 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer
This weekend, as expected, was a tough one; Sunday was Zachariah’s 19th birthday.
Another first, without.
Just as I did when we lost Sammy, I questioned, How? How will I do this? How will I get through each first, second, third, forever many days, moments, with out my boys? I rail at the unfairness of it all. I cry and sob and feel bleak and empty… and then the sun rises and it is a new day.
Knowing that April 15 would be excruciating, I planned ahead and immersed myself in a new project. I had been introduced to an art medium last [More]
- 5:16 pm Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Spring has most definitely sprung in the corner of the world I call home. Everything is greening, swelling, budding, and bursting forth with effort and glory. And the weather has been crazy!!! Snow in the morning followed by blinding sun and birdsong in the afternoon without a trace of white!
Bestie, Dee Dee (yes, partner in crime of Steve Made who “tortures” us with homemade goodies!) captured a beautiful shot off her back deck last weekend of a magnificent rainbow after a magnificent display of nature’s fickle disposition. Rain. Sun. Rain. Sun. Rain. Sun. Repeat…
I used the photo on social media, [More]
- 5:49 pm Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Because the tomb was empty,
I can stand up under the heartache of burying two sons…
Because he appeared to the women who loved him most,
I know He never leaves me nor forsakes me,
Because He forgave his friend that betrayed and denied him
on the worst night in the history of the universe,
I know my sins are forgiven.
Because He dove straight into hell and took the keys of my
eternal future away from the enemy,
I know my future is with Him.
Because He lives
I can face tomorrow…
I posted these thoughts on my Facebook page Easter morning and it [More]
- 12:50 pm Thursday, March 29th, 2018 by Staff Writer
We are in the midst of Holy Week and all around us are the signs of rebirth and renewal. From the baby goats on the farm, to the daffodils straining upward through the cold hard earth, to the hearts I meet daily that have turned toward love, I am reminded that our Lord and Saviour is with us. He died so that we may have eternal life.
My hope is that you are alert and aware to the miracles that surround you. Have you noticed the buds forming on the trees that weeks earlier looked like ghostly winter sentinels? Are you [More]