How to Be Idle and Blessed

I remember the first time I heard the line from Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day." After contemplating the world of a grasshopper on a summer day, Oliver asks her reader if they know how to really pay attention, how to be still and quiet. The poem ends with an oft-quoted question: Tell me, what … Continue reading How to Be Idle and Blessed

Harvest Comes at the End of the Season

Even though we're back in school and everyone is looking forward to all things autumn and pumkiny, our garden is still in the height of harvest season. We planted our veggies at the end of May and spent most of the summer watering and watching our plants grow. We have volunteer spaghetti squash from last … Continue reading Harvest Comes at the End of the Season

Delighting in New Creation

Last weekend was our first normal post-tax season weekend. We went out for brunch with my parents on Saturday morning, headed to Home Depot for gardening supplies, and spend Saturday and Sunday outside digging in the dirt. Well, Frank spend Saturday and Sunday digging in the dirt. The girls "helped" and played with neighbors. I watched … Continue reading Delighting in New Creation

Compost

We are probably the world's worst composters. We don’t follow the 2:3 ratio at all, but simply throw any food scraps into our counter top container. In the winter, we’ll empty it about once a week; more in the summer. If I’m being conscientious, I’ll tear up our paper towel and toilet paper tubes to … Continue reading Compost

Garden

"Come! Come, 'Ma'oes!" Bea eagerly led any guests to our home straight to the tomato plants, towering over her 11-month self. Once she discovered our garden, and especially the delicious cherry tomatoes, Bea wanted to share her wealth with others. At any given moment, her small mouth would be stuffed with red (and often green) … Continue reading Garden