I woke at 3:00 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. Warm air air that smells like summer drifted through our open window. I have a whole week ahead of me, dedicated entirely to my garden. All I could think about was, Where will I begin? Cleaning out leaves? Pruning rose bushes? Spreading mulch? I … Continue reading Garden vacation begins today!
Seven months into our courtship, I dropped the the man who eventually became my husband at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail: Springer Mountain, Georgia. It was February 1. And according to townfolk along the trail, when he and his hiking partner made forays into towns for supplies, it was “the coldest/snowiest/worst winter we’ve … Continue reading March is a tease
I’m sitting by the window in my plaid pajamas waiting for the day to begin. I smell coffee and grapefruit, and the sun through the glass is warm on my flannel-sleeved arm. I slept in today. I got out of bed at 6 o’clock to feed the cats, but then fell back into a deep … Continue reading Waiting for the day to begin
I tried to read at the breakfast table yesterday while I ate warm oatmeal with craisins and walnuts. Instead of following the words on the page, though, my eyes kept looking through the sliding glass door. At the garden. A woodpecker and a red cardinal swung on the bird feeder, eating the sunflower seeds I … Continue reading Gardening in February
When I took our daughter shopping at an outlet mall after Christmas, I fell in love with a pair of Timberland boots. They were a golden wheat leather with red laces. I wasn’t looking for boots. When I saw how cute these boots were, I thought of all the reasons I needed boots: my heavy … Continue reading Money saving strategy: procrastination
Snow clings to the boughs of the tall evergreens out back, glittering white chitons on the feather branches that droop under its wet weight. The deciduous trees, naked and twiggy, look like someone pulled a liner brush globbed with titanium white paint across the top of every branch. The flower bed sleeps under a thick … Continue reading Wind dancers