It’s been quite a start to the year for me, much as it was quite an ending to last year. We’re still not completely settled in yet (and I still have a gaping hole in my kitchen cabinets where a dishwasher ought to be by now — we’ve hit a few snags with Home Depot), … More Happy New Year!
The last time I posted, I was finishing up the gardening season. I had converted the vegetable patch into a pollinator garden, and I was proud of how well it was thriving in a short amount of time. It’s time to say goodbye to that garden now. And to this suburban house in a typical … More A new chapter
I went for a hike today and found this hanging at the trailhead. I’ve been having a rough time lately. I’m going to physical therapy for severe TMJ that has impeded my ability to eat comfortably and even talk normally at times. Also stressed out for other reasons I won’t get into here. This made … More I Found a Quilted Heart
Twenty years ago, I was experiencing my first semester as a grad student at Miami University. From the very beginning of my program — maybe even when I first decided to attend grad school — I pictured myself walking across the stage to get my diploma. Eyes always on the prize. It wasn’t meant to … More Pomp and Circumstance, Part 2
My pollinator garden is just beginning, and already it’s doing its job. This was my discovery when I was in the garden this morning. I am hoping birds don’t pick it off, of course. Fingers crossed I will soon have a monarch pupa!
It’s that joyous time of summer when the tomatoes are ripening. Even with one plant, I have more tomatoes than I can possibly eat on my own. And since we’re still working from home, I can’t take them to the office. I decided to use up some of the tomatoes by making tomato soup. Don’t … More When life gives you tomatoes, make freezer tomato soup
I mentioned in a recent post that I was converting my vegetable garden into a pollinator garden. It was my intention to do the bulk of that work next year. Well, I’m ahead of schedule. I realized rather quickly that it was a huge mistake to grow crookneck squash. I had THREE plants (because I’m … More Garden Update
I’ve been a member of the American Copy Editors Society for a few years now. Recently, they reached out to me for their weekly Interview with an editor series. My interview was published today. https://aceseditors.org/news/2021/interview-with-an-editor-karyn-johnson
I mentioned in my last post that I decided to convert my vegetable garden to a pollinator garden. You can see why. I’ve been fighting the weeds for 5 years — even going so far last summer as to put a plastic tarp over the entire garden to kill them. Two weeks after I removed … More And so it begins …
I decided to convert my vegetable patch into a pollinator garden next year. I wish I had thought to do it sooner. In a household of two, I’m the only one who eats fresh vegetables. So everything I grow, I either have to eat or give away (especially if I plant something prolific, which the … More Garden Transformation