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…

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…

In the Garden

Can you find the frog in this photo? Elsewhere in the yard… The wild yarrow is in bloom. It’s such a useful herb – though I don’t do anything with it other than look at it. From what I’ve read, it’s edible, healthful, antiseptic, and…

The Chocolate Mint

Catmint isn’t the only mint I have in the yard. I also have chocolate mint. A lot of chocolate mint. Have you ever smelled this herb? It really does smell like, well, chocolate mint. Delicious. In some areas of the yard, it’s crawled into…