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Summertime, and the Hammock Is Ready

Summertime, and the Hammock Is Ready

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” –Ada […]

Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot: A Rose by Any Other Name Wouldn’t Smell as Sweet

Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot: A Rose by Any Other Name Wouldn’t Smell as Sweet

 Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot, Tea Rose “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;” Shakespeare’s Juliet had a point, but then again she never drew her nose to this heady petaled confection. Tea rose Souvenir de Madame […]

Renae, I Have Your Rhubarb

Renae, I Have Your Rhubarb

Garden prize: first-of-the-season rhubarb There I was minding my own business waxing on about my exceptional rhubarb crop, when one of my favorite bon vivants, super moms and gifted bloggers (Renaedujour.com) perked up and said in hushed tones as if speaking of contraband, “Did you say […]

Ringing in the Return of the Bluebells

Ringing in the Return of the Bluebells

Bluebells in my backyard dreamscape Outside my backdoor in the shade of a gnarled friend, the bigleaf maple The first time I recall seeing a forest floor carpeted in bluebells was in the movie Howard’s End. In a dreamlike state, Vanessa Redgrave as Ruth Wilcox was drifting through a sea […]

Wheelbarrow Assembly or What 2.5 Hours Looks Like?

Wheelbarrow Assembly or What 2.5 Hours Looks Like?

Beware of the unassembled wheelbarrow. In Cold War movies, countless spies and diabolical governments worked tirelessly toward the downfall of the good ole U.S. of A.  Little did they know there’s a much easier way to undermined the American mind and spirit. Yes nowadays, imported terror comes […]

A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

 A little feather friend, catching his breath and soon to fly off Sometimes the universe speaks to you in subtle almost inconceivable ways and other times it has no time to flirt with your awareness level and just drives the point home, ASAP.  My recent telegram from the cosmos was delivered with […]

Moments for Pause

Moments for Pause

There are certain times in each year when a moment is marked, when a welcomed reminder of another time or season revisits you with an embrace of rediscovery, and you eagerly welcome its return. This evening as I made quick work of tucking in the chickens for the evening, I quickly realized I was […]

Put Down the Bottled Water, and No One Gets Hurt

Put Down the Bottled Water, and No One Gets Hurt

Art piece?  Nah, this is just a water bottle waste receptacle in Honolulu. There was a time when the only bottled water you’d ever see, required a flight to Europe and a dining experience. Tap water was just fine for American palates. Well, a few multi-million dollar ad campaigns […]

Flower Garden or Salad Bar for Deer?

Flower Garden or Salad Bar for Deer?

Their midnight snack… My morning indigestion… We can all remember the first time the magic of Disney brought us Bambi and his ilk (or should I spell that ‘elk?’). We never saw the dark side of our little antlered friends did we; the one where they […]

Potato Sausage Casserole: Embracing My Inner American Breakfast

Potato Sausage Casserole: Embracing My Inner American Breakfast

Potato Sausage Casserole: Who wants breakfast? Farm fresh eggs have amazingly bright yolks. I had some friends over for breakfast last Sunday, the perfect occasion to celebrate the best meal of the day. Don’t get me wrong; lunch and dinner are okay, but let’s face […]