Whole Foods – Eating Well to Feel Well

Whole Foods – Eating Well to Feel Well

Whole Foods – Eating Well to Feel Well This has been on my mind for a while now. By a while I mean years. I was away last week, enjoying the luxury of having every meal prepared for me. Let me tell you – put a wonderful director in a kitchen with a handful of teenagers, most of whom are new to the facility this year – and they can put out a great meal. We take our tableware to…

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July 21 2017 – In My Garden

July 21 2017 – In My Garden

July 21 2017 – In My Garden I’ve mentioned a time or six that I’m at a writing retreat this week. No internet and little phone reception. I do hope that I can occasionally send a photo to Instagram if I stand in the exact right spot, stick my tongue out just right, cross my eyes, and hop backward. That’s about what it takes for me to get a cell signal. My laptop isn’t even with me this week, which…

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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m dealing with a lot of weeds. Having the cover off the tunnel meant water to formerly parched soil, and that meant weed seeds germinating. I couldn’t find my favorite weeding tool, the Wire Weeder, and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with the weeds without it so I ordered a new one. It’s worth every penny. This weeder allows me to weed under and around plants easily. It disrupts…

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July 14 2017 – In My Garden

July 14 2017 – In My Garden

┬áJuly 14 2017 – In My Garden I missed this last week! I was at camp, watching the loon chicks grow and writing. A lot of writing. And a lot of cleaning out, a spring cleaning that hasn’t been done at camp in quite some time. It’s now July 14 2017 and wow! The high tunnel beds went nuts while I was gone. I can’t believe how much everything grew. It’s doing a lot better in this new soil than…

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Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake I spent last week upta camp on Upper Sysladobsis Lake. Steve and Taylor took care of the house and poultry so I could stay there to write. I get a lot of work done on the book when I’m there. I also got to watch this loon family as well as six or seven other loons for the week. This loon family consists of the two parents and two chicks. It’s hard to tell…

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Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife For Steve and me, living a life in the wild means living with wildlife. The animals we share our homestead with are special to us. We get to know some of them through personal encounters, photos on game cameras, and signs of what was in a place when we weren’t. Those signs are tracks, scat, strands and tufts of hair, what’s left of a carcass, a small blood spot in the snow. We spend a time fishing…

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Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden Welcome to the June 30 2017 edition of In My Garden! I’m under a deadline (something I’m not used to anymore!) so there won’t be a lot of story telling about what’s In My Garden this week. Not much has changed other than plants are growing well. I have a couple of new things to share. If you’d like to join in this week you may leave a link to a gardening post…

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Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels About a month ago a short-tailed weasel bounded past my feet and into the barn. “Slinky?” I thought so. It doesn’t seem like a weasel that didn’t know me would come so close. I sat a long time on the back porch observing Slinky last winter. She trusted me enough to come within inches of my leg. She tipped her head when I spoke, and she studied me as much as I studied her. Sometimes I’d look down…

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