4 Ways To Tell if You’re a Crazy Pet Parent

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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 more

You’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.

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 more

Bleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend

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 more

I Need One Thing That’s Divine.

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 more

A Month of Gratitude, Day 3: Comforting Creatures

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 more

A Month of Gratitude, Day One: A Sense of Place

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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 more

Wild Berry Pie: Summer on a Plate

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 more

Wrapping My Community in Hugs with Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra #UltraHugs

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 more

Give Your Community a Giant Hug With Huggies Snug and Dry Ultra! #UltraHug

We’re blessed to live in a gorgeous rural community, surrounded by fertile soil, farmlands, orchards, lakes and woodlands. The changing seasons here can often give the landscape a fairytale quality, as new life coils from the ground, nurtured by spectacular lightning and thunderstorms, then transforms into a lush dark green Eden, faded around the edges … Read more