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.
Dreams of Day Lilies

When I go back to Blacksburg one of the first things I must do (in addition to finding a job) is to attend to my long neglected flower beds. I spent more than ten years working on my yard and it showed. Over fifty varieties of day lilies bloomed each summer and many other perennials graced my beds. Each spring I'd fill in with showy annuals. Things have gone to wrack and ruin in the five years I have been gone and it will probably take me another ten years to set things right again. But I am dreaming about doing it. It is backbreaking work and not something I much enjoy. But the results are worth it. Maybe this spring I won't toss out gardening catalogs. Instead I'll drool over them.



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