Nurturing in the Dirt

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin I started volunteering again at Loaves and Fishes of Appleton – the place where, pre-pandemic, I helped serve meals to community members in need. They continued to provide bagged meals as a drive-up service beginning in March, 2020, but I have stayed away from serving in that capacity. ItchingRead more

I Remember…

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ― L.M. Montgomery When my parents were living independently, I started an annual tradition with mom on Mother’s Day. I would go to a local greenhouse and buy a large, beautiful potted geranium in the brightest color possible for the woman who gave me life. Fuchsia was a favorite color, but red came in second. The geranium always thrived through the summer and in September or October, dadRead more

Thursday Doors: The Florist

It’s almost flower planting time here in Zone 4. By the time Memorial weekend arrives at the end of May, most gardeners and plant/flower lovers will have thrown their favorite flowers and vegetables into the ground or in pretty clay pots. I’m a plant/flower lover with not-so-pretty plastic pots. It made sense for me (my car insisted) to make a slight detour on Saturday to check out a local florist’s early offerings in the Garden Center, greenhouse, and gift store.Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Prairie coneflowers, mid summer. I went for a bike ride one night this week. The weather was perfect – blue skies, low humidity, temps in the 70’s. My ride led me around the neighborhood, across a busy street, and over to the local technical college and the start of a walk/bike trail. As the sun began to creep toward the horizon and I made my way into the belly of the trail, prairie coneflowers made an appearance at path’s andRead more

Blooming on Planet Sun

It’s hotter than Dutch love outside. The humid heat is channeling Planet Sun, where eggs disintegrate on the pavement and sweat comes out of a body’s pores within seconds – just before melting begins. A scorcher is predicted for Tuesday, with a heat index around 100 degrees. I feel sorry for the plants on my patio, as the afternoon sun heats the wooden planks to a few degrees above hell.  The blooms seem to be flourishing, though, with constant water andRead more

It Does Remind Me

A few weeks ago, I had a few moments to take in the surroundings from my desk at work. On most days, upon arriving at work, I turn on the computer, grab a cup of coffee, and get busy with emails and the paperwork at hand. I don’t always focus on what’s around me – the personal items that make this space a home away from home – because those items are always there. The lack of attention they receiveRead more

Dirty Fingernails, Pretty Flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ~Luther Burbank~ My soul is happy. I went shopping this past weekend. It’s finally the season of getting out the flower pots, picking out the flora, and allowing dirt to imbed itself under my fingernails. Joy! Shopping for flowers is life affirming, probably because it’s done in spring, when the trees are in bud and grass has turned green. I can smellRead more