Industrious Stories

Problems abound when one chooses to live in a structure that was built over two centuries ago. Rotted foundations. Falling walls held up by a turnbuckle. The list goes on. Even so, I have many reasons I’d choose to live nowhere else. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you […]

History of the Lilac Bush

Before we moved to our New England farmhouse, which was built around 1800, I had never even considered the history of the lilac bush. Once I discovered the beautiful antique blooms in so many corners of our homestead, I was inquisitive to know if these fragrant trees had possibly been planted here long ago. DISCLOSURE: Do […]

Welcoming the rain

Spring rains are never such a dulcet melody as when they follow a cold, harsh winter. Although our first New England winter was beautiful, and most days were graced with a fresh white powder making everything magically new again, I will admit I was relieved to hear it was not a typical winter.

10 Reasons to Play in the Dirt

We should all play in the dirt every once in a while. But months ago, when she asked, I didn’t wanna… DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how you can support my efforts? I may receive monetary compensation for any link to any products or […]

Thwarting mosquitos

I always prefer homemade; so I figured why not homemade bug spray as well? Whether you would like to keep unwanted creepy crawlies at bay, or are looking for some great inspiration on ways to know more about creepy crawlies “of the good kind,” read on! DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find […]

Heart-shaped lessons from a white-tailed visitor

The corn was getting just tall enough to offer real promise of delicious August meals. The tomatoes were the size of bright green golf balls, starting to show hints of pink, longings for red adulthood. The cucumber plants were ready to reach out their tentacles and crawl along the ground because we had not yet built them a […]

A perennial, paternal harvest

It arrived via Fed Ex today. Shinny and ready to use. She was so excited. She couldn’t wait to fill it. Not an iPod ready to be filled with apps. Much better, in her mind–a watering can ready to tend to her beloved gardens and fruit trees. As I watched her shower her blueberries, I realized how […]

A Long Time in the Making

My daughter made my Grandma’s Strawberry Pie today. It was a long time in the making. But I’m so thankful we weren’t in any rush at all. I think that may be the secret to perfect-every-time, made-from-scratch fresh strawberry pie… take it slowly. Something this good truly can’t be rushed… DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and […]

Dreams Taking Root

I assured her many times. She did not need to water her newly planted fruits today. Buckets of rainfall had provided a deserved respite from her arduous chore. She had carried watering cans, carted hoses and sprinklers, and inspected her plantings every day for two weeks. Having mini orchards to call her own had been a dream […]

A Poor Woman’s Bouquet

Her favorite flower–the dandelion–was hated by most. But there’s fascinating things to love when you’re learning about dandelions. Keep reading for 10 things I bet you didn’t know about dandelions. But be warned, if you keep scrolling you indeed may learn to love this innocuous weed. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here […]