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making all things new, my every-summer read
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making all things new, my every-summer read

Henri Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New, is one of my every-summer reads. I have several books on my shelf that call out to me again and again. This is one. I love everything about this little book, the cover, the title, the sub-title, the author and the beautiful invitation. I know, when I sit...

tomato confessions: intro
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tomato confessions: intro

I must confess, this whole tomato thing has gotten a little out of hand. It all started fifteen years ago with a friend, an unusual tomato plant, some dirt and a pot. Fast forward to today, and I have….okay – I am embarrassed to actually reveal the number of tomato plants, with fear that I...

summer puzzle
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summer puzzle

When’s the last time you worked on a puzzle? Every summer, once the kids are out of school, and the cadence of the day adjusts to a new rhythm, we take down a puzzle that I have set aside and resisted the temptation to attempt during the busy days of spring that lead up to...

foraging for breakfast
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foraging for breakfast

I love foraging for food. Almost eighteen years ago, when my husband and I moved into our newly built home with slopes of open space, no landscape and only a variety of pesky growing weeds greening our yard, I learned of a new perspective. Our new neighbors, whose parents are from Greece, looked at my...

starting succulents
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starting succulents

Yesterday my son suggested we start a cutting of every succulent plant we have. So….here it is, a 72 pod seed starting tray filled with succulent cuttings and I am a little embarrassed to admit, we have more varieties than this! We make our own succulent growing soil by mixing 1/2 potting soil, with 1/4 perlite...

black cherry tomato
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black cherry tomato

We started the Black Cherry Tomatoes by seed from Baker Creek Rareseeds in the middle of February. End of June, we tasted our first tomatoes and are now picking handfuls a day. Beautiful sweet cherry tomatoes.    

traveler’s joy
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traveler’s joy

From the moment I wandered into the Clematis Garden at the entrance of Luscher Farms near Lake Oswego, Oregon, I was captivated by these fleshy flowers and fascinated by the mesmerizing seed heads. As a plant lover, I am continually humbled by the beauty and diversity of living things. I meandered through these gardens, moving...

saving tomato seed
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saving tomato seed

Now is the time to save your tomato seeds! We love to save seeds from our favorite heirloom or open-pollinated tomato varieties. (It is best not to save hybrid seeds. It is less likely to produce a similar tomato as it is not yet stabilized) So much history is contained within one little seed. How beautiful it is to be people that pass along the story of seeds.

gather
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gather

Gather, I love this word. For me gathering means, resting, laughing, sharing, eating, listening, and connecting. I think of a family I know and how every time I see them together, they circle up. They find chairs, tree stumps, benches, anything it takes to form a circle and they talk. While they wait, they talk...