This morning we smelled orange blossoms as we walked down to the lake. My neighbor’s tree is a mix of hanging fruit and heady flowers. I picked one up that had fallen to the ground and showed Rowan, who said it smelled like honey. Later, we found a tall dandelion growing in the patch of… Continue reading Small pleasures
Sunshine cuts through the morning fog as noon approaches. I let it warm my face, neck, and the hollow between my shoulders as I sit with my head tilted back, palms touching the earth in our backyard. Rowan is playing at his water table. His shirt sleeves and pants are rolled up in thick bunches… Continue reading Midweek Notes
Dragging feet today, after a restless night and early morning. Full bellies, family time, mostly clean house — for all of this, I am grateful. And yet, I find myself moving slowly and staring out windows. When Rowan wakes up, I will take the children outside and hopefully come back down to Earth. Maybe we… Continue reading Wednesday daydreams
I’m sitting at the dining table in front of a vase filled with the loveliest yellow sunflowers and soft purple tulips. I bought them yesterday because our Spring break ended this weekend, and I wanted to usher in the busy new week with something beautiful that would slow us down for a few moments and… Continue reading Before dinner musings
Thunder woke us early this morning, and it looks as though we can expect rain all day. I love this weather, dark and wet as it is. I think our garden does, too. The last few days have been the opposite-bright and hot Florida days that we filled with as much time outside as we… Continue reading Spring days, rainy and sunny.
Our freshly cut lawn tempts me to spend all day outside, relishing the warm weather. Tomorrow morning I’d like to wake up earlier than everyone else, and spend some quiet time in the garden. When the sun comes out and the air turns hot around midday, it’s much easier to play than to crouch over… Continue reading The best of intentions for tomorrow morning.
In celebration of the arrival of Spring, we enjoyed an energetic morning filled with sunny yellow play dough, flower seeking in the garden, and plenty of healthy snacks to fuel our play. I do believe that specific days, such as full or new moons, solstices and equinoxes, often bring with them a tangible shift in… Continue reading Spring in our steps – how our garden grows – kale chips.
Yesterday afternoon upon checking the mail I discovered a single purple flower on our orchid that we keep out front. For the greater part of a year the plant appeared dormant, until last week when my mother noticed several buds. We endured many rainstorms on Saint Patrick’s Day– I wonder if the misty air helped… Continue reading Orchid heralds fair days ahead – handmade soaps a hand-washing delight – kitchen philosophy
As a child, I can remember my mother and father tending to our vegetable garden and watering the many colorful and fragrant flowers that bordered our house in Connecticut. I love the tiny, upside down fairy cup blossoms of the Lily of the Valley, the delicate purple clusters of Lilacs, and the dried, papery white… Continue reading Memories of a garden and some flowers
A spring day in Florida feels much like today; gentle sunshine, balmy beach air, and the delicate yellow blossoms of the Golden Trumpet tree ceremoniously bursting forth and blanketing the grass. I am in love with this tree that seems to herald the coming of Spring. In a few days time, you can watch the bare… Continue reading Signs of Spring