I have received sample items to facilitate my post. I recently had the good fortune to try out Canvas On Demand, a company that offers gorgeous canvas prints of your photos in a whole range of sizes, plus many other customized photo gifts. I ordered a 16″x 20″ Premium Gallery Wrapped Canvas, which turned out … Read moreCanvas On Demand Gallery Wraps and New Coloring Canvases
It was so beautiful outside, like a child’s watercolor dream of fall. It was unseasonably warm but not uncomfortably so. The previous night’s rain had left everything with a glowing, over-saturated sheen of color. The wind danced and blustered, playing hide-and-go-seek with itself, swirling the bright confetti leaves madly in every direction. Right before sunset, … Read moreThe Wind Blew All Around Me
1. Your pet eats better than you do. I was halfway through filling out a ten-page questionnaire regarding my dog’s breeding, eating habits, medical history, allergies and disposition all aimed at creating the perfect personalized gourmet dogfood blend for him, when I realized it was possible I’d lost my mind. This particular company would take … Read more4 Ways To Tell if You’re a Crazy Pet Parent
My showy irises have made their appearance, spreading further this year. I love the purple ones for their delicate, veiny tracework pattern of decoration, bleeding into saturated ink-stained pools at the end of each bottom petal. The iris was named from the Greek word for rainbow, denoting the multitude of colors the flowers span. In … Read moreYou’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.
I was so happy that one of my favorite flowers, the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), made it through the winter. I’m always fascinated with myth and legend, folklore and fairytales. I love tracing the paths these tales take, the ways in which they transform and mutate with time and distance, the ways they’re still evolving … Read moreBleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend
My dreams have been filled with time traveling, both literal and moving back and forth through the layers of my own life. Excavation isn’t pretty or conducive to good sleep. Human sharks, tiny hands thrown up in defense just turn to bait. I want to start over, pure and clean, with no blood trail dripping … Read moreI Need One Thing That’s Divine.
I’ve always been a sucker for a fuzzy face. Okay, or a scaly, feathered, whiskered, hairless, you-name-it face. At five years old when we were living with a rat infestation of gigantic proportions, I would find the newborn baby ones, no bigger than the end of my pinkie finger, blind and pink and hairless, and … Read moreA Month of Gratitude, Day 3: Comforting Creatures
Thanksgiving has never been big on my list of holidays, I won’t even pretend. It’s just more added stress and work glomped onto the Katamari ball of Christmas cheer and New Year’s revelry, in between the Halloween hysterics. Basically by January 2, I’m ready to pass out for three months or maybe hang out in … Read moreA Month of Gratitude, Day One: A Sense of Place
It’s hard to believe it’s already July! We’ve been busy swimming at the lake, working on the garden and having sleepovers. If the house isn’t constantly full of giggling herds of little girls, it just isn’t summer. Aside from the fact that I need to invest in a grocery store to keep the grazing horde … Read moreWild Berry Pie: Summer on a Plate
Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers! I feel blessed to live in a rural community filled with almost fairytale-esque nature, which in the summertime is filled with the music of songbirds, the rustle of wildlife, the cool wind fluttering through the petals … Read moreWrapping My Community in Hugs with Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra #UltraHugs