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  • Woolly Bears and Winter Forecasts

    October 17, 2018

    According to nature, this is going to be a cold winter; here’s what the leaves, the birds and the woolly bears are saying   This is a terrible time of year to be a woolly bear caterpillar. I see them splattered and flattened all over the long country lanes where I live.  When I’m driving…

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  • Getting in the Garlic

    October 15, 2018

    Setting in the garlic is the final crescendo and the overture of the next movement all in one   I know the season is really and truly at it’s end when I tuck the garlic into the ground. Even if there are still chores to be accomplished — and there are most definitely a lot of them —…

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  • Why We Switched to Reusable Paper Towels

    October 12, 2018

    Paper towels are wasteful, bad for the environment and expensive; here’s how our family ditched them for good   When we moved out to the farm a year ago, we decided it was past time to make the switch and live a more mindful, healthy, sustainable and eco-conscience lifestyle. We were already making small steps…

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  • Protect Plants in the Winter Months

    October 8, 2018

    Keeping your perennials and other landscape plants alive throughout long harsh winters is possible with these simple tips   I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in the Pacific Northwest it’s fall for sure and good. If you tend a garden like I do, whether it’s in a small suburban backyard…

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  • All-Natural Homemade Granite Cleaner

    October 1, 2018

    A few inexpensive ingredients are all you need to make an all-natural and non-toxic homemade granite cleaner   A few years ago I began switching over to natural and homemade cleaning products.  They’re far cheaper than store-bought cleaners, and so much better for the health of the environment, and the health of me and my…

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