I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Day Lilies

I live in two places. Yes, I own two houses. No, it is not convenient. And ... what woman needs seven toilets to clean? We Americans are nuts. Digression aside, at my favorite house, I am a daylily gardener. I have over fifty varieties! I love each one so very much and they bring me great pleasure. They are easy to grow and not fussy about the soil though they must have good sun. Sadly, I don't get to see my daylilies very often because I don't live in that house very much at present. But I'll be moving back as quickly as I can to enjoy tending to my babies. Surely they miss me because when I'm there I tend to my daylilies every single day during the blooming season. So, it is ... daylilies are my bliss. The best place I have found to purchase daylilies is Oake's in Knoxville. The link is




Rach said...

You treat your babies well and they reward you so beautifully!

I miss the 'burg, I really do. :o(

Nik said...

Thanks for the tip on buying day lillies from Oaks. I moved to Knoxville this last summer. Best, Nicole (Jess's friend)

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