Jeff finished setting the table for the dinner party, stepped back and smiled, proud of himself. “All set, honey! Eight places ready to go!” “No, sweetie,” Jennie yelled from the kitchen, “We need nine. My mom called this afternoon to invite herself to the party.” Oooh, thought Jeff. Bummer. They only had eight place settings. … Continue reading Invitation to Dinner in Sycamore, Illinois
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” ― C.G. Jung My plants definitely believe themselves to be substantial. On the other hand, they far outnumber me, so that many dark sides around the house is worrisome. On … Continue reading Early Morning Shadows
Munchie & I have not stepped outdoors yet. We’re still tending the plants & chowing down on leftover pizza. It’s official. This is the second coldest day in northern Illinois in weather history. (I guess the weatherguys have been keeping track since 1870.) Right now, it’s almost noon, & it’s -24F (-31C). That’s not counting … Continue reading Still Indoors Tending Plants
(Sansevieria senegambica) (Sansevieria senegambica, 2 of the triplet flower stalks) (Sansevieria senegambica, the 3rd flower stalk) (See those little dots of sap on & at the bases of the flowers? That stuff is so sticky, the military should consider developing a glue out of it.) I’m a Momma-to-Be of Triplets! New Year’s Day, I walked … Continue reading Triplets
purple monarda purple monarda pink daisies “For this, let gardens grow, where beelines end, sighing in roses, saffron blooms, buddleia; where bees pray on their knees, sing praise in pear trees, plum trees; bees are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.” ~~ Carol Ann Duffy (the first female Scottish Poet Laureate), ‘The Bees’ Continue reading The Bees, They Be Workin’…..
“The old summer’s-end melancholy nips at my heels. There’s no school to go back to; no detail of my life will change come the onset of September; yet still, I feel the old trepidation.” ― Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking Continue reading September
As they sow……….. So shall they reap………….. Dang squirrels! They sowed, yesterday they reaped, now the pretty little sunflower outside my kitchen window is gone & now what I get to look at again is my neighbor’s ugly air conditioning unit. Or maybe it was the chipmunks who did it. I guess I shouldn’t cast … Continue reading As They Sow…..