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Kitty Cat and other work

I’m still painting — here are some pictures of some of my work: I am terrible at leaves, as you will agree. I was home sick on Sunday and Jared painted with me. It was once of the nicest things he’s ever done ❤️❤️❤️ We did a little painting exercise with Frank Clarke (hilarious) who

Summer is almost over

The season has almost ended, and I’m relieved. Today it’s 90 degrees outside, so I didn’t work as long as I probably should have, but tomorrow it’ll top out at 80 degrees. That’s when I’ll put out the new plants I bought Friday. My friend, Susan, who is a Master Gardner, invited me to go

The new fence

Today the farm entered the 21st century. We had the front fence, which has been made of wood for as long as I can remember — possibly back as far as 200 years — replaced with a brand new vinyl fence. We kept the old-fashioned four rail look even though the subdivision across the street

The universe has spoken

I rode to Philly with several ladies from the ward this morning planning to go to the temple. When we got here, my recommend was expired. It’s my fault, of course. I should have checked it before I left. But it’s just as well. I’m not sure I could pass an interview anyway at the

Peas, please

I went to Meadow Farms and finally found sugar snap pea seeds! Lowe’s didn’t have them, nor did Target. I also picked up some kale seeds and some snow pea seeds. I’ll plant the snow peas on the other side of the trellis next week — I hope they will grow up okay even with

Succulent in a pink pot

Behold: my first commission! Okay, so I didn’t get paid for it. And it’ll probably hang in a bathroom. And a family member asked for it — guess who? But I’m okay with it. I like the shadow and pot on try 2 best. The leaves are pretty darn good in try 3. Try 1

Flood damage

I’m tired of gardening!!! It’s been five months of pretty steady labor and heat, and I’m getting tired. I’m so sick of gardening I didn’t even want to pick tomatoes at Del’s on Friday. I’m just sick of it. This has been one of my best gardens ever harvest-wise, but it has also been one


I got these pictures of some of my roses today. We call this the Fitzhugh rose. It’s a pretty ordinary English rose but has family significance, having been planted within feet of where an ancestor was cuckolded and murdered while his wife rode off with the killer/lover in the 1100s: New Dawn is starting to

Goodbye, Duchess

We will never know exactly what happened. Sydney’s cat, Duchess, was on camera going under the steps about 2am yesterday, fine. She came out about 4pm walking funny. By time we saw her — about 6pm — the vet was closed, so we brought her inside and let her stay in for the night. She

And all the boards did shrink

Clearly The Fates are out to get me. It rained for hours and hours last night. The garden is still very soggy from the 24-hour flood I subjected it to Saturday, and the tomato plants were looking pretty rough. Today, after the storm, it was even worse: The plants are shriveling up — probably root

My garden column

Jared has been working on putting in water and electricity to the garden for me. It rained heavily yesterday, and so it’s easy to see the fixtures with the form wet. Here are some pictures of the thing he built: It has two potable water spigots, a water fountain, and an electrical outlet. The pvc

Daisy delight

Art for art’s sake is one of those things that I gave up to become a mom. I’ve occasionally designed things for websites and lessons or logos or other applications, but designing is not the same as making art. Design usually has a practical reason, and while it is fun, usually someone told you what