I’ve been

I've been outside planning pulling plotting stacking soaking seeds peat pots and pellets This is a grow from seed year last year I bought plants on sale at the end of season scratch and dent discontinued and clearance sections at local greenhouses Growing plants by seed is an acquired taste You will get used to…

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Invasive or hearty perennial

If I have to spend two years pulling rhizomes of a beautiful yet wild sunflower's cousin that has taken over a portion of my yard then it must be invasive I never thought when I harvested the flower from the side of the road that it would turn into an aggressive hard to eradicate invasive…

Mother’s Day

Holding Girlie in my arms she sleeps smiling in innocence I don't have memories of being held I remember the soft hand on my forehead checking my fever there was always a fever I was not a frail child Keeping up with older brothers climbing jumping swinging running was natural for the youngest to do…

In my dreams

This morning I woke up with the memory of a dream Someone I don't know thought I was special enough to help carry the tremendous weight of a desk on my head (You know the old school desks that hold your entire fourth grade world the lift up top with the metal reservoir below) For…

Girly

We knew that the surgery would be quick and painful without a long recovery The ENT doctor was professional and anticipated no problems The drive there was harrowing Put a toddler in a car drive in rush hour traffic only to get stuck one exit before the destination It took thirty minutes to get to…

Snow pants

in the frozen northern Ohio December I remember blizzards of winters past Digging tunnels through my back yard with my brothers shoveling driveways with my boys only to need to shovel again at our studio Frozen gloves, crunchy scarves, frosted glasses shovels, snowblowers, lawn tractor plows snow squalls, flurries and ice barriers made by state…

Three year anniversary

WordPress tells me it has been three years since the beginning of my wandering blog. Three years ago, I had a happy baby with gurgling skills Now, bubbly Girlie is talking like a pro. Responding to sentences is still rough. She answers, with "I Girlie" to most questions. Sometimes an "I three," slips out with…

Summer Break

Sure when they say summer break they mean eight to ten weeks of vacation for teachers and children Not parents. Don't get me wrong, the time spent with a sleepless toddler and languishing teens is priceless. My role as ringleader of the herd includes shuttle and flight attendant services activity director and peacemaker of the…