May Update – lots of animals, some baking, and a bit of gardening

It’s hard to feel isolated when you’re surrounded by animals. That’s one of the things that has helped our family during these past weeks of self-isolation. The pets keep us firmly set in our routines. They provide us with companionship. They entertain us. I’m…

Tiny Sequoias, Pond Cleaning, and a New Afghan Project

CPT A brought his sequoias home from the office this past week. He has two now (from an original batch of eight) that he’s nurtured from seed. They’re two years old, and it was time for them to be repotted…a nerve-wracking procedure as CPT A has grown…

The New Babies

Eight weeks ago, we brought home two goldfish for our backyard pond; one orange and one black. Over the course of the summer those two fish grew. They grew a lot. Then, last week, CPT America noticed that their number had increased. Suddenly there was an entire school of…

Mornings on the Back Patio

One of the perks to being the first one up in the mornings is that I get a bit of quiet time to myself on the back patio. The sun comes up, the pond gurgles pleasantly, and the dogs entertain me. It makes for a…

Adventures in Weeding

I’m always a bit hesitant to weed in our backyard. Surprising things pop out of the greenery. One year, I startled an entire family of baby rabbits. I pulled out a clump of grass and they went running in all directions. They were very wee…