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.
Seed Starting Bump

Ella and I started a few seeds last week. I was getting frustrated because every time I checked on them the starting mix was dry as a bone. I kept spraying with the bottle per Martha's instructions and they would dry out within an hour. Then it dawned on me- I was supposed to create little greenhouses with plastic cling wrap to keep the moisture in. I hope our seeds aren't doomed. I will wait another week and if nothing starts to sprout we will just start over again. I'm glad our first trials were done with seeds for dianthus, a few herbs and my peppers. All those can be bought started at a plant nursery if they are a total flop. My tomatoes seeds will need to get going in another week or two so I have to figure out the system prior to that because all those varieties are heirlooms and not often found started because most people prefer to grow the disease/weather hardy hybrids. Keep your fingers crossed that my seeds sprout!




rachd said...

My fingers are crossed! :o) Good luck!

Laura said...

I've got them crossed. I know how happy you were to get those seeds.

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