A perfect pepper promise

A perfect pepper promise

Even on the grayest days, we have a cheerful reminder that neither spring nor love ever fails, though sometimes they do take their time. We have other reminders too -- that challenged roots grow deep, tiny shoots are stronger than they look, basil makes everything taste better and grandparent vigilance stands eternal. All this because [...]

Oh, the horrors!

Oh, the horrors!

I invited a predator into my indoor plantar garden this summer and I am sorrier than I can say. Like most problems I get myself into, this one grew from an altruistic intent and spiraled out of control thanks to my own insecurities. I planted cucumber seeds earlier this spring because I felt a little [...]

Unlikely flowers

Unlikely flowers

Last week, the unlikeliest little pepper appeared in our random indoor garden and I've been beside myself with joy. Oh, we'd wooed it as best we could -- watered it when we remembered, raised the curtains to let in sunshine (when there was sunshine to be had), added a little Miracle Grow potting soil. Still, [...]

Orton hears an ooh

Orton hears an ooh

Broadway lyrics trapped themselves in my head Sunday afternoon as we made our way to a family party in Ortonville, Michigan. This was no surprise to my veteran co-pilot Vince. The poor guy has heard me belt them all. "Ortonville sounds very Seussical," I said and then let loose with a couple of choice lines [...]