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.
She's Almost Here!

Spring, that is. I'm finding all sorts of evidence in my garden that things are about to get a lot prettier and warmer around here. Thank goodness, I am so ready. Spring is my favorite season. I think the warm, breezy days with a profusion of beautiful blooming bulbs, Easter and all the new baby animals being born seem like such a reward for surviving the cold, dark, bleak winter. I like things about all the seasons but I'm never so relieved for a season to arrive as I am for Spring.

Last spring and fall my husband and I spent a ton of money and time trying to get our yard in a livable condition. We planted trees and shrubs and perennials and bulbs on a massive scale considering we had a new baby, a toddler and a 5 year old. I'm so thrilled to see all that hard work creeping back up back through the mulch to share its beauty with us again this year. And the spring planting plans are well under way, Bob is taking off a week from work next week and we should get the remaining beds dug and ready for planting in April.




Hollyhock (12 of them!)

Rose beginning to leaf out

4 raised beds full of cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprouts, broccoli and various asian greens

I planted 600 or so bulbs last fall, they are popping up everywhere

I like having a photographic record of what things look like from season to season so I can really see the changes!




Lissie said...

I share your joy in the arrival of spring. Yesterday I spread mulch into my front beds and found all sorts of things poking up. GREEN! There was green among the brown. This always spurs me on to want to do more.


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