Vegetable Garden Update {Mayday! Mayday!}

We went outside to hang laundry yesterday, and the fresh air inspired me to take pictures for my first veggie garden update. The humble clothesline strikes again. I love that thing!

Let me tell you, we have some wonderful readers here at 20 something allergies. I received some very good advice after my last garden post and decided to buy a few plants to take a stab food production. […]

Harvesting and Using Lavender

Harvesting and Using LavenderI feel such a sense of satisfaction from gathering my own lavender. It is the same feeling I get from making a beautiful pot of chicken bone broth, culturing yogurt, or creating a tooth powder recipe.

It is learning to be self-sufficient and resourceful.

Susy from Chiot’s Run put out the question wondering if she was an asset or a liability to her community if hard times hit and how we felt it about ourselves. It really hit home for me.

I grew up as a typical suburban American with no discernible skills. I am now learning to be an asset. What a wonderful feeling it is to be useful.

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The Humble Clothesline

English: Clothespin in place. Oregon, USA Fran...

Hanging laundry to dry can be a soothing and rewarding task. I follow the FlyLady’s advice and wash a load every day, so hanging a single load to dry is not an overwhelming job.

Line-drying clothes is new for me, and I find it gives me a few minutes to stop thinking and concentrate on the task at hand. Mark from Mark’s Daily Apple talks about the importance of involuntary, or passive, thinking in his post on why we should work outside […]

Beginning of an Organic Heirloom Vegetable Garden {Part 2} – Bad News On the Garden Front

Remember this post about my wonderful organic heirloom garden? It’s just not going to happen this year, and I’m completely heartbroken. Sigh. I had visions of spending tranquil mornings with Katie puttering around the garden and earnestly beginning our homeschooling lessons there. We’ll be working with the decorative plants and herbs instead for this year. Why no vegetable garden you ask? […]

A Garden View



In honor of the abundance of color that has recently painted its way across my landscape, I wanted to share a walk through some of the herbs and flowers that grow in my gardens (SE Michigan). We’ll visit the rest of them throughout the […]