outdoors

Savoring winter

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland, American journalist/nature writer This time of year, I try to think like a skier, savoring what remains of winter rather than looking longingly at the March and April calendar pages. It's winter. And, while spring-like warmth is sneaking in a bit here and there,… Continue reading Savoring winter

family life

How to stay warm

"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” Markus Zusak, Australian writer, The Book Thief It is freezing here. Literally. Snow is falling outside the window seat where I am working. Tiny flakes, but it's dense enough one can tell it means business without consulting The Weather Channel. Yet more… Continue reading How to stay warm

books

Top 5 Christmas reads

"The only other sound's a sweep of easy wind and downy flake." Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Are there certain books you make time for, no matter how busy the holiday season? I know I have a handful that I come back to time after time. So, if you're looking for… Continue reading Top 5 Christmas reads

gardening, outdoors

Feast fit for a squirrel

“...his thoughts revolving silently in this squirrel-cage of mystification.”  ― Dorothy L. Sayers, British queen of mystery, "Busman's Honeymoon" Have you ever seen a squirrel sleep? Oddly enough, I have. Early in our marriage, we lived in a small, yellow house at the edge of 300-acre wood. This put us smack in the middle of all… Continue reading Feast fit for a squirrel