Here’s to November, one of the best people I know

Here’s to November, one of the best people I know

I’m learning to love in November what I love and admire in most people I know. Stripped of October’s candy corn color and uncorrupted by December’s frantic glitz, November offers only this: gratitude. And that’s a lot. November is the friend you walk with on mornings so cold your eyes water and your nose runs [...]

An unexpected guest

An unexpected guest

Did you ever have a houseguest you weren’t prepared to host (perhaps because your husband forgot to tell you they were coming?) Well, that’s the way I feel about fall this year. It’s a nice, pleasant season and all. I just wasn’t ready to welcome it in. It’s all good, though. It only takes a [...]

Isn’t it good, Northeastern (WI) wood?

Isn’t it good, Northeastern (WI) wood?

Saturday afternoon, three months after we carefully and unanimously selected her to bring her fresh, festive, pine-scented self into our cabin, we returned our sweet little Christmas tree to the woods from which we'd plucked her. Owing both to her own fortitude and to our cabin's low-set thermostat, she did not drop a single pine [...]

Ode to the field of crocuses that made my day

Ode to the field of crocuses that made my day

Darling crocus, You pop up unexpectedly and turn a dull weekday into spring. First flower, saffron shield, happy herald, brave bulb. You arrive with far less fanfare than your thirstier cousins, claim your space on the frozen ground, next to piles of dirty snow and creeping ice, and wave those dainty petals with unfettered glee. [...]