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.

I don't actually know how long the blossoms stay on the plant but it seems like they open and drop within a day.  I gather them up and put them in tiny bowls of water trying to keep the fragrance just a little longer.  Jasmine really does smell better than almost anything in the world.  It is the highlight outside of my July and August.  Love.  




Rach said...

Sweet sweet Jasmine. Even the dropped flowers look so lovely.

Renae said...

your site is peaceful. i like that. merrydotdandy told me about you. she is my sis. my only sis! hey, come see me and follow, too,k?

i love jasmine, fresh jasmine, not the bottled stuff. pretty flowers to make a sachet.

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