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Bemused and Befuddled

Preoccupied, I meandered the gardens. Whoa!  Watch my step!  Soundlessly, the garden snake slithered from side to side. Another surprise awaited in a flowerpot and startled me.  A leopard minding its own business and napping.  Lots of squirrels out and … Continue reading

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Warmth Sequestered

Quivering, shivering branches and leaves bend and sway in the cooler breezes. Overcast, cloud-filled skies portend rain. Apples and leaves fall down once again. Upon us, the impending cyclical storms. The season of cool nights. ‘Tis custom. Squirrels bury acorns.  … Continue reading

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Problem-solving Outside the Box!

My parents asked me many questions as a method of teaching me problem-solving. I learned from my mistakes too.  Later in 4H projects, we kept records and answered questions as a learning tool and more problem-solving.  I don’t think we … Continue reading

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Dolce Autumn

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What a warm, beautiful day! Garden beckons me to play. I peruse the interplay: greens, pinks, whites, reds:  a bouquet: colorful communiqué; happy, joyful escapeway. Birds singing, musical way. Interplay garden, sun’s rays. Today…

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No Two Moments the Same!

As new parents, we were often told not to blink because before you know it the kids are grown and in college.  The more we blinked, the more this became reality.  No two moments are the same in the zinnia … Continue reading

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Scavenge and Forage

Every August the rabbits hop over at dusk and make haste to seek apples under our apple trees. They forage for remnants the bushy tails randomly discard as they hurry off. This year is no different.  Before mowing, our task … Continue reading

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Sea Buckthorn and Hagebutte

Taking our cue from a fellow traveler in Finland, we tasted a shot of sea buckthorn juice.  First, the waiter cautioned the juice might be tart or sour. It was.  It was also delicious! We drank this daily in Helsinki … Continue reading

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Boat or Bikini?

August holds a special place for me, especially August 1st. Yes, it is summer, but for many of my childhood and teen years, it was when my family would leave for vacation in the Southampton Shores community on eastern Long … Continue reading

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Our Musical Adventure in Prague!

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One year ago my husband and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. The trip took us to an unexpected layover in Frankfurt, then on to Prague, Helsinki and Vienna. Singing with…

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A Startling Sight!

Lush greens, full leaves, taller now. At times, the garden seems to grow as if by magic overnight.  Good things come to those who wait patiently.  By habit I check our gardens and herbs.  A new visitor, unwelcome by reputation, … Continue reading

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