Memorial Day Garden

When my father passed a few weeks ago, the fine folks at work gave me a sympathy card and a gift card to Milmont Greenhouses.  My boss had no idea that this is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth.  How fortuitous! Keeping with the intent of the gift, I decided to build a memorial garden … Continue reading Memorial Day Garden

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

The last two weekends have been ideal for gardening, and I took full advantage.  I weeded, thinned, transplanted, dug and mulched until my muscles screamed - and I loved every minute of it, The highlight of my efforts is the new garden.  I ran out of space in my front yard, so I had to move … Continue reading A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

The Best Day of the Year

I slept in my bedroom with the windows open last night. I've been looking forward to that moment all winter long. My heat is off, the sun is shining brightly, and my gardens are beginning to look like...well, gardens.  This is the BEST day of the year! I must emphasize that I slept in my … Continue reading The Best Day of the Year

With the coming of spring, I am calm again

~ Gustav Mahler I don't know if I've ever made such an effort to get through winter with my sanity intact. I tried everything I knew to divert my angst, but nothing worked. Except sleep. Erratic and unrestful, but sleep nonetheless. I know I'm not alone here.  Winter can be brutal on the spirits, especially on a … Continue reading With the coming of spring, I am calm again

Winter Storm Warning

Have you heard the latest winter weather prediction?  Apparently, our (western Virginia) wet summer weather pattern will extend into winter.  I don't know what "above normal snowfall" means, but hopefully it won't be the 6 feet we got a couple of years ago.  Then again, we had a severe snow drought last year and now … Continue reading Winter Storm Warning

Foreign films, the Olympics and Dumplings

It is another stunning morning here.  Cool, breezy, sunny. Not your typical July day in the South, for sure. I feel like I should go outside and do something, but I have so many inside projects that need my attention. OK, I have to stop for a minute here.  I'm watching Eat, Drink , Man, Woman … Continue reading Foreign films, the Olympics and Dumplings

Squash ICU

I had dinner with my friend Anne last Thursday, during which our conversation turned to squash - a disturbingly normal conversation amongst middle-aged folk, I'm finding. Apparently her squash (and her neighbors' as well) were suffering from mildew and borers.  I was honestly surprised to hear this, since mine appeared healthy and strong. Then wouldn't … Continue reading Squash ICU

June 2012

June started out rather chilly - especially in the evenings -  but it certainly ended with a bang!  Despite the wide swing in temps (or maybe because of them), the daily average was 3 degrees above normal.  The nighttime temps were 4 degrees below average and provided some fantastic sleeping weather.  Fortunately, we have a … Continue reading June 2012

As I was saying….

Staunton, VA Weather Advisories, Watches & Warnings FREEZE WARNING   in effect until Tuesday, Mar 27, 9:00 AM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM EDT TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES... RANGING FROM THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 20S ACROSS THE   POTOMAC HIGHLANDS TO LOWER 30S … Continue reading As I was saying….

Making the Best of a Ho-Hum Day

It has been raining steadily for the last 2+ days, and it's just about done me in. It's cooler than it has been in recent weeks, and I'm damp and chilled clear down to my bones.  I have been unable to conjure up the energy or motivation to do anything more than mope about the house, dreaming of warm temps … Continue reading Making the Best of a Ho-Hum Day