…or should I say Prairie? I live in central Illinois, USA which is not exactly known for its woodland forests. But be that as it may, spring is definitely here and has been for some time. In fact, this has been one of the earliest, warmest springs we’ve seen in awhile. At least it seems… Continue reading Spring in My Neck of the Woods
The flow of life is taking a turn. It’s in the air, cooler air that is. The last two mornings I actually wore a sweatshirt instead of the normal August short sleeved shirt when I took my walks. The temperatures have been in the low 50’s early in the morning, which is below normal for… Continue reading This and That and Then Some
Has it been raining a lot where you live? Here in the Midwest, USA, central Illinois to be exact, it has rained and rained and rained lately. In fact we’ve had twice the normal rain for June. Twice! I know this is a sensitive subject for those of you who happen to reside on the… Continue reading Rainy Days and Mondays
I’ve been trying to walk each day (at least 3-4 times per week) which has been easier on some days than others. But right now I look forward to heading out because my path takes me past my favorite mulberry tree. I posted about this tree here. And oh my, but is it producing the… Continue reading Foraging For Breakfast
… ILLINOIS. I bet you thought I was going to say “Dixie,” as in the words of the song. There may not be any cotton grown here, but there is definitely a down south in Illinois and my husband and I “discovered” it recently. And what a discovery it was! I am a flat-lander; born… Continue reading Away Down South in
I don’t think there is a sweeter flower fragrance than that of lilacs. It’s a heavenly aroma. Who can resist inhaling deeply when you pass a bush full of the lavender, purple, or white blossoms? And if you cut branches of the flowers and bring them inside the whole room is filled with the fragrance.… Continue reading Lilacs and Good Friends
I’m sure everybody loves spring; the warmer temperatures, the promise of summer, color everywhere. I am no exception! I grew up in the northeastern corner of Illinois, virtually on Lake Michigan, and I lived there for most of my life, until we moved to central Illinois in the late 1990’s. It wasn’t until moving here… Continue reading Spring … And All That It Brings!
When I was growing up my parents always had a garden, every year, as far back as I can remember. It was fairly large for a suburban city lot. It was at the back of the yard and stretched 2/3 of the way across the width of the lot which was quite large considering it… Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
My daughter Alice has already begun school with her three school aged children. It’s early, but she wants to get a jump on things. Beginning in July enables her to take GUILT FREE time off between Thanksgiving and the new year, and still get in a full year’s work. As I mentioned before, I wanted… Continue reading Getting to Know the Backyard
The weather was so pleasant today that I ate my lunch outside. That in itself isn’t all that noteworthy but believe it or not I needed a light jacket. It was that chilly; breezy and overcast. I could have had hot soup instead of a summer salad. Very unusual for central Illinois so close to… Continue reading A Discovery in My Backyard!