A woman in the great outdoors, part 1

Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure, Day 1 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a weekend program every year called Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure (OWOA). Women from all walks of life spend the weekend at a state park lodge learning outdoor skills. Activities include fishing, boating, shooting, archery, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, geocaching … the list … More A woman in the great outdoors, part 1

Island Weekend

We just got back from a long weekend in Put-in-Bay. It was my husband’s first time visiting Lake Erie, and he loved it. I haven’t been to Put-in-Bay in more than 20 years, so it was nice to go back. We decided to take the Casita and camp at South Bass Island State Park. In … More Island Weekend

The Nest

For me, one of the great joys of spring is when birds choose to nest in my yard. We had robins and mourning doves last year, and we did again this year. The robins decided to nest in my weeping cherry tree, low enough that I could photograph it fairly easily. The babies just left … More The Nest

Evolution

I’ve been keeping some form of a journal or diary since elementary school. It all started with a little diary that locked with a key – perfect for writing third grade secrets. As I got older, I would use spiral-bound notebooks or the nice journals you buy at Barnes & Noble. (I often got them … More Evolution

Garden 2019

Last summer, when I wrote The Accidental Gardener, I was in the middle of my second successful growing season. My stepdad helped me, insofar as choosing the plants or seeds and planting/sowing them. I took over from there. I decided this year would be different. I would choose my own plants and seeds and plant … More Garden 2019