Spring

April 14, 2014 - The Coming of the Green

I hate this goose. See how he comes after me? This time, I had a fence between us. When there’s not a fence between us, he follows after me, nipping at the backs of my legs. Then he gets angry and takes it out on the other animals, making them all run away when he...
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June 3, 2013 - My Favorite Greenery

The other day, my friend Debbie was here sitting on my back porch. She pointed at this large weedy growth at the corner of the deck and said, “You know that’s a weed, don’t you?” Apparently, she doesn’t spend enough time reading my website because I’ve written quite a bit about intentional weed cultivation. Intentional...
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March 20, 2013 - Second First Day

Today is the first day of my second spring at Sassafras Farm. Last spring was the start of more projects than I can believe were completed in one year. New fencing was installed. Old fencing was repaired and reinforced. Shelters and feeders, barn roof re-coating, a chicken house, and more. (Not to mention the studio!)...
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January 30, 2013 - Tastes Like Spring

Temperatures climbed close to 70 here yesterday. The breeze was warm and the sun felt hot when the clouds cleared. I love it when I have men here working in this kind of weather. They get sweaty and sometimes they take off their shirts. In this kind of weather, the whole world feels frisky and...
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May 25, 2011 - Lost and Found

The skies outside are so gray these days. This has been an exceptionally rainy spring, almost a “no man’s season” that isn’t winter but isn’t quite spring either. Spring, I’m just not feelin’ it. Usually, in the spring, I keep jars and vases and bottles of fresh wildflowers in the house. It’s been so rainy,...
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February 4, 2011 - Make a Coffee Can Flower Pot

Winter, when there’s not much to do but dream with seed catalogs, is a perfect time to play with the fun and crafty garden projects you won’t have time for later when you’re over here hoeing. You’re going to be over here with your hoe, right? It’s suddenly so quiet. You can recycle all sorts...
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May 26, 2010 - Free Style

I love, love, love the big wraparound porch on my house. You don’t see big front porches very often anymore in home design, and a key attraction to me in choosing this house plan was the old-fashioned focus on the porch along with a modern grasp of open, airy spaces inside. Rocking chairs were bought...
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May 7, 2010 - Bringing Green Inside

Get out there and get some green! Not putting the gorgeous wildflowers down for a minute, but in between vasefuls of their showy splendor, give the green some love. Look, the chickens will even go with you. They might not be real helpful, though. But they’ll keep you company. Go out in your back yard...
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April 19, 2010 - Candle Jars with Pressed Wildflowers

Beautiful spring wildflowers are everywhere! Take some home and keep them forever. Press and dry them! And then, oh, all the things you can do–including decorate the wonderful, the inimitable, the endlessly versatile, the sweetly simple canning jar. (Aren’t canning jars amazing? What can’t you do with a canning jar?) You can decorate a jar...
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April 3, 2010 - Funky Marbled Easter Eggs

Dye some pretty marbled Easter eggs today. They make a simple, natural centerpiece for your holiday table–and then you can eat them! Of course, I have a lot of pre-colored eggs. They just get laid that way. White, green, blue, and all shades of brown. My Ameraucana chickens are what are known as “Easter-eggers” because...
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April 14, 2009 - Capturing Spring

Spring? Hello, SPRING!!! Cloudy, chilly, drizzly, gloomy, doomy SPRING. Note to Winter: This is not to suggest that you are missed. Please keep napping. See you in December. But Spring? Seriously, you need to stop slackin’. And I could really use some leaves on the trees, ‘kay? SPRING!!! I know you can hear me. I...
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