Author Archives: Suzassippi

Claytonia virginica: Virgina Springbeauty (aka ‘fairy spud’)

You know what happens when you look at something closely? This white-appearing flower from my height turned out to have pink-magenta stripes when I began to inspect it in Lightroom. Imagine my surprise! A member of the purslane family, the … Continue reading

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Oxalis drummondii: Drummond’s Wood-sorrel

Why are there so many varieties of oxalis, also known as wood-sorrel? I suppose as do humans through genetics and the mixing of gene pools, we just keep re-creating species. While it is a fascinating-to-me exploration, I have been thinking … Continue reading

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Valerianella radiata: “Beaked cornsalad”

I woke early this morning and it was so beautiful out, I took the camera after feeding dogs, cats, and birds. I decided to walk down to the bottom of the driveway to check out a patch of blue flowers … Continue reading

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The thrill of being wrong: Learning something

When we moved into this house in January 2004, this tree was a short little fellow. The photograph below is November 2003, when we began looking at the house as it was under renovation. You can make out this tree … Continue reading

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Braised chicken thighs with white wine, garlic, rosemary, and mushrooms

Rosemary joined us for dinner. Of course, she (and garlic) were only on my plate, compliments of the mini-saute pan with my own seasonings. Rand’s plate also did not have broccoli on it: He sides with George H. W. Bush … Continue reading

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Herb will be coming to dinner tonight

I love cilantro but I am the only one who lives here who does. A bunch usually wilts before I can use it all. This way, I can just snip what I need and a “bunch” will last me spring … Continue reading

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Spring cleaning…the easy kind

I have been tidying up outside now that the weather is warmer and not constantly raining. That entailed a trip to pick up new herbs and plants Monday. I spied this English daisy and though I have never seen one … Continue reading

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Spring flowers: Viola, pansy, common blue violet

I spotted this flower getting ready to mow the front yard Sunday afternoon. It is a re-seeded viola from last year’s flowers. I did not know they would do that, but apparently, they can re-seed themselves. They are sometimes called … Continue reading

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Four corners in a Square: DeWitt AR

DeWitt, Arkansas boasts a downtown square that was designed as …a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered … Continue reading

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Van Buren, AR: Downtown Historic District

In 2010, we headed to Colorado with grand vacation plans and a dog. Our first stop along the route was Van Buren, Arkansas. It was like stepping back in time, and it had its share of round and chamfered corners. … Continue reading

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