Monthly Archives: May 2020

Becoming Steffi

Naming a dog is something of an art, unless it is just happenstance.  After a while, one needs to stop saying “puppy” or “Pupperdoodle” or “little dog” and anoint with a proper name.  We had tried out a few names … Continue reading

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Triodanis perfoliata hiding amongst the clover and chickweed, Oxalis crassipes ‘Rosea’ aka Oxalis Cottage Pink Wood Sorrel, Beyonce hiding amidst the grass, and a new crop of moss

I have spotted these tiny purple star-shaped flowers throughout the yard.  They are a member of the angiosperms family of woody and non-woody forms of plants.  Considered the most diverse of all plants, they reproduce via flowers and seeds contained … Continue reading

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Finding Purpose

Lately, I have had numerous dreams of “trying to get home.”  It began with the loss of my mother February 2019.  Mom crossing over was so much harder than Dad barely a year before.  I have always had dreams of … Continue reading

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At long last…my magnolia blooms

It seems to have taken longer this year for the first magnolia bloom to open.  Perhaps because it has been on the cool side the past week, but nonetheless I was excited to see it fully emerge yesterday.  It will … Continue reading

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It does not rain indoors in Mississippi

Last Thursday I finally made it up to my office for the first time since we began working remotely in March.  I had to make a quick trip up for my text books in order to be able to finish … Continue reading

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What does a 6 pound can of hominy have in common with a 6-roll package of toilet paper?

You might recall my recent post where the can of hominy was larger than the head of my spouse?  One afternoon as I came home from a grocery run, R said “Come in here; I have something for you.”  He … Continue reading

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Cornus drummondii: Rough-leaved dogwood

Cornus drummondi is a large shrub or small tree with a fast growth rate. I know this personally from experience because just as I thought this tree was gone forever, it burst up from the alleged dead stump almost overnight. … Continue reading

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What I will not be doing in retirement

Yesterday was the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day.  I learned that while I enjoy watching the birds during my routine evening hour decompression time, and enjoy learning about the species that frequent my hillside, serious birding is not in … Continue reading

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The ARK: My hillside ecosystem

ARK = Acts of Restorative Kindness. I am relatively certain many might look at this photograph and wonder “Why did she post a picture of a bunch of weeds?”  Truth be told, as a child of relatively pragmatic folks growing … Continue reading

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When I am old, I shall wear a dog hat

When I am old I shall not wear purple or red hats. I’m going to march in the street in my boots and short skirts And kick some whatever needs kicking… Whilst wearing a dog hat. As my friend once … Continue reading

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