Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


There is no bread cut in cubes. No large turkey waiting to be stuffed in the refrigerator. No list of menu items to be made and when. Thanksgiving is not happening at my house this year. Relief? Somewhat. For the last three years I've hosted or been staying at the house where it was hosted. Last year my daughter Emily's in-laws came. The year before we went to Emily's so it was easier for them as newlyweds and for Sarah who was in her senior year. The year before that we hosted my family here.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put on the spread here in future Novembers. For now the house is calm in its lack of preparation.

p.s. I hope to snag a turkey carcass to bring home! Turkey soup would be nice.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The first heavy frost of the season coats the leaves and the sedum. A new chapter is beginning.
My Christmas cactus has set buds. I hope that by bringing it in to the house and a new sunlight exposure that I don't upset it. We'll see.
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