Patriotic Flowers

A peek at the red, white, and blue flowers currently in bloom in my garden.

A Shift in the Color Scheme and a Shaved Cat

Quick! Does anyone know what sort of tree this is? I was walking in Holyoke last week and came to a full stop when I caught a whiff of its flowers. They smelled divine and the bees loved them! Meanwhile, in my own yard,…

Last Week of Summer…First Week of School

I went for a walk by myself yesterday. “By myself” meaning without the dogs. It felt strange…even a bit lonely. And I had to ask myself, “when did that happen? When did I become a ‘dog person’?” It was certainly easier to take pictures…

A Snake in the Garden and a Cat on the Couch

Ugh. Can you see the snake in the photo above? Right there under the pot. That’s his little head poking out. He’s not very large, but he was large enough to startle me  this past week when I was picking cherry tomatoes. I think…

A Heart-Shaped Potato, Chimichurri, Chickens, and Fall Foliage

Pepper’s cooking classes (she’s enrolled in “The Everyday Gourmet – Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking”) continue to go well. This week, she tackled grilling, cooking up a cowboy steak topped with chimichurri. Have you tried chimichurri? It’s amazing. (Brief interruption to show you the heart-shaped…