The beginning of my homestead journey

She’s a novice, but already quite knowledgable. As the frigid winter months trudged along, she taught me most of what I know about the topic of homesteading. And now that we are blessed with delicious fresh eggs daily, we love making homemade egg soufflé the way Great Grandmom used to make it. For that amazing recipe, read […]

Silencing my complaining

It was a simple request, but her unembellished words made the hairs on the back of my arms line up in militant fashion, immediately creating a unified front against the bitter elements howling at the windows. “Ya wanna walk with me to get the mail?” Two of my daughters, this one included, have an unusually high […]

Delicious History

Funny how we sometimes assume we know something and for years (maybe a lifetime) never question. Never ask. I’d heard of Old Home Days in New Hampshire for decades. While on summer vacations over the years, I’d attended quite a few, in small rural towns speckling the central New Hampshire landscape. At these marvelous festivities I’d […]

A perennial, paternal harvest

We pass a lot of things on to our kids, but what do we really give them when we pass on a love for gardening? I have been pondering this a lot lately…   It arrived via Fed Ex today. Shinny and ready to use. She was so excited. She couldn’t wait to fill it. […]

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 […]

Cookie, the crooner

She’s always loved frogs. Even a decade ago. But now that she’s “all grown up” (at 11), she is even more intrigued by them. She spots them in camouflaged niches, transports them around the yard (and, yes, around the house), doesn’t mind when they leave some wet traces of their fear on her palm, talks […]