Travel Journal 3: Cloud Canyon

Our next stop was Cloud Canyon. That evening the Green Goblin went up easier than ever before,  especially since there was a super handy big rock to pound the stakes in. It wasn’t until dinner that things started to get a little hairy.  I was making something i would never make at home, but made…

Travel Journal 2: Tallulah Gorge

The next day’s drive brought us to Tallulah Gorge State Park in north Georgia. The drive there was only a few hours long,  but it was very intense.  We avoided Atlanta like the plague, but the traffic extends so far beyond it, we still found ourselves driving through 14- lane wastelands with cars almost merging…

Travel Journal 1: High Falls State Park

Well, this is it! The girls and i are off on a wild state park camping trip up to Virginia for two weeks! The trip began with a heart-stopping incident where the car refused to start, or even turn over. It had just been in for an oil change and check the day before,  and…

Lime Basil Pesto

I write here from the garden this evening – the sounds of the chorus of cicadas swell in the trees, and make the whole world alive with sound.  The sun is setting, still bright at the edges, with small clouds like little golden fairy castles floating above the pines. It isn’t quite gloaming yet, but…

Midsummer’s Homecoming

As soon as I got home, everyone rushed over to me, barking and wriggling and glad. It was wonderful to wake up at night again and hear other people breathing, to feel the dogs walking on the deck outside, scratching and playing, to have my favorite kitty Ginger snuggled purring next to me, and to…

Travel Journal 5: The Rose Garden

My last day – i was busy with an art project and packing, so made just a short excursion out to stretch my legs to the Harvey Cornell Rose Park. Gosh, i had totally forgotten what it’s like to walk somewhere on your own. Honking horns, men at stop lights mumbling creepy unintelligible things things…

Travel Journal 4: Bugs and Gravestones

My friend Danica unfortunately had to leave yesterday morning due to a severe migraine, but i stayed on for the last two days alone.  Such a strange sensation, being alone! I’m not used to it. It’s strange having experiences and no one to share them with. It WAS very peaceful and i got a lot…

Travel Journal 3: Chapels and Roses 

We spent the day touring and shopping for the children back home. It’s funny how we are so used to doing everything for our children, that now without them it’s a little like being lost. When we see pinecones on the ground, or the cottonwood fluff we reminisce about how much they would enjoy collecting…

 Travel Journal : Pueblos and Petroglyphs

We spent a day hiking around at Bandelier National Monument.  Several of the paths were closed for maintenance,  but we were able to take a short trail.  The landscape, of course, is beautiful, with many sculptured cliffs, twisty trees, and wildflowers.  I see this little yellow flower everywhere, so I guess it is the New…

Travel Journal 1: Santa Fe, NM 2020

I flew into Santa Fe Regional Airport Saturday evening to meet a friend i haven’t seen in years since she moved away.  The Air BnB we are staying in is beautiful and private,  and the adobe walls give the place a wonderful, snug feeling.   It was a bit of a fiasco at first, because the…

Parsley Aioli

I can’t even remember such a mild and lovely spring. April and May are usually scorching hot, but this year day after day was like a golden sunflower turning toward the heavenly blue each shining hour, and the nights were as cool as cream. The vegetables are piling up in the garden.  I have parsley…

A Garden Tour Spring 2020

Can I show you my garden?  This is, beyond a shadow, the most beautiful, flower-filled, viney, better-homes-and-gardens, fairy dust, glossy magazine centerfold, rockstar, dreamboat, fairest-of-them-all, wish-upon-a-star, garden of dreams garden than I’ve ever grown before…. I took first-planted pictures to include, so you can see how it has grown! Here it is now: These are…