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February 21st, 2019

We have a pair of cedar Adirondack chairs that we put in the garden during the summer months. We sit in them often, enjoying supper, drinks, or just a bit of rest. The cats use them frequently as well, in fact, I think more than we do! Usually, they are put away in the garage in the fall, this year we neglected to move them.

The other day I noticed them in the snow, at that point it had just snowed so there was snow on the arms and along all the flat areas. They looked like they were just waiting for someone to sit down.

I’m kind of glad that we didn’t take them in. Every time I come home, I see them sitting there in the snow waiting, waiting for the snow to melt, spring to come, and the weather to warm. Waiting to be used once again.

Do have seating areas in the garden?

Still Winter

February 13th, 2019

In early February, it starts to feel like there is hope for spring to come once again. The sun rises higher in the sky and the days start to get noticeably longer. There are warmer days, the snow melts from the roof and drip, drip, drips on the ice/snow below. February is still very much a winter month though, it’s probably our snowiest month. Last night a winter storm rolled through leaving us in a blanket of white. As sit here at my computer working, I’m seeing the snow sticking to the window behind my cup of pens & turkey feathers.

I used to be pining for planting and spring by this time, as I get older (and busier), I’m learning to love the stillness of this season (not that it’s still by any means). I start seeds later and later each year, trying to savor as much rest as possible and get in lots of reading during the winter. So this morning I’m enjoying the snow blowing outside my window.

Do you live in a place with distinct seasons? Have you learned to appreciate each one for what it offers?

Get Outside

February 4th, 2019

The winters in Maine are quite lovely, we noticed how much sunnier and brighter they were our first winter here. The nice thing about these bright days is that it makes you want to get outside to enjoy it, even if it is rather cold. When there’s snow on the ground, my preferred winter activity is snowshoeing.

This weekend we were able to get out both days for a nice walk on the property. We’re lucky to have mile and miles of trails to hike/snowshoe on. I try to get out each day on my lunch-break to get some fresh air and exercise. Soon enough, the snow will be melting and it will be time for spring cleanup, until then I’ll relish the beauty of a winter hike!

What winter activity is your favorite?

Friday Favorite: Fresh Snow

December 21st, 2018

One of my favorite things is a fresh coating of snow. It makes everything lighter and brighter, especially when the sun shines! Earlier this week, we got a few inches of snow.

Sadly, we’re supposed to get 2″ of rain today, so it will all melt away, leaving behind an icky brown mess and there will be no white Christmas.

Do you live in an area with snow?

Munch, Munch, Munch

March 14th, 2018

The last two years have been great for acorns in our area of Maine, which translates to a large deer and turkey population. While deer are beautiful creatures, they’re also destructive to a garden. This winter has been particularly rough. Almost every shrub and tree in my gardens have been browsed heavily.

They hydrangeas were hit especially hard, I doubt there will be any blooms this coming summer. Now I have to take extra care to protect plants. Next fall you’ll find me wrapping things with burlap, adding fencing around the garden, and probably spraying some things with hot pepper oil to keep them safe from browsing deer.

Do you have issues with deer in your garden? What’s your preferred method of dealing with their winter browsing?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.