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Playing with Pattern

If I were independently wealthy I would split my time between the garden and the studio all day, every day. I never feel quite worthy of the Adobe Creative Suite, and that’s the old version. So I’ve begun playing with a little more focus, making patterns and just seeing where things take me – if nothing else I’ll start remembering where things are in the menu a little better.  According to the International Home + Housewares Show, which kindly posts some of its presentations, triangles…

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The advent of the Post-Apocalyptic Cozy

I was challenged – but I was right, it is surprising easy to write a post-apocalyptic cozy mystery. I’m not saying it’s good, just that it’s easy. It will be coming to some venue, still to be determined, soon. The premise of the Apocalypse is that the big one (earthquake) has finally hit. That’s locally significant, but hardly an apocalypse. But then… some petri dishes in a lab have collided during the tremblor, causing a ravaging flu variation – handily spread by foreign first responders…

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Gardening without intention

“Analysis Paralysis” strikes as many gardeners as it does IT workers. Caught between big plans and no clear direction, frequently nothing at all happens. I’m as guilty as anyone, and moving to a new house/garden brings on a strong relapse. What colors do I want here? How will I use it?  But sometimes… wonderful things happen by tossing carefully laid plans out the window and having no vision of the outcome whatsoever. When I packed up the old garden for moving, a bunch of unmarked…

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It’s still all about the chickens

Despite taking virtually no time – maybe 30 minutes a day total, the week at Short Meadow has been all about the new chicks. The power going out  when nobody was home, official portrait day, and putting together the new nest box set has kept things busy. In between, the seeds continue to germinate and there’s no place to put them until the cold frames get built. There’s been 50 degree weather and frost. In short, it’s Spring. It’s time to get the pots on…

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The delights of ‘forest bathing’

I can’t say whether this is synchronicity at work or signs of the next emerging “thing”.  The Japanese call it Shinrin-Yoku which translates as forest bathing or more accurately forest therapy. The concept is that time spent in the forest is healing – from the phytochemicals  released by the trees to the soothingly calm atmosphere. I am wholeheartedly behind the concept even though I prefer a more casual approach. In just the last few weeks I’ve come across this relatively new term (the Japanese formalized…

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Nature’s Mad Dash to Spring

There’s something magical about the near last snow, right before Spring really hits. It’s almost like it’s intentionally done to decorate the hellebores and snowdrops that are bravely opening up. So despite the complaints, I find it rather cheerful, even when planting the fruit trees that just arrived in the mail and can’t wait another week. And that is where we are at- burgeoning tasks of planting new arrivals, getting the tomatoes started from seed and planning for the first foray into chicken ownership. Nursery…

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Dutch Baby Recipe

Nothing adds a little sparkle to a mid-winter weekend like a perfect Dutch Baby (or pannekoeken) with fresh lemon and lots of really good coffee. For one* perfect Dutch Baby: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit Whisk together: 2 eggs 1/2 c milk (or almond milk) pinch of salt 1/2 cup flour Place a pie plate or 9″ cake pan in the oven to heat – give it a few minutes Place 1 tbls butter in the pan in the oven – let it…

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Let the Gardening Season Commence!

It’s still winter. I’m still choosing between the warm coat and the warmer coat when leaving in the morning. Outside, the plants are in stasis, ready to burst forth if it ever gets warm but not taking any chances. Inside though…  miraculously orchids are bursting into bloom. Today I will sow the first seeds of the season and anticipate the bounty to come. Technology is a wonderful thing. Despite the vision in my head I’m a haphazard gardener who has yet to acquire a greenhouse,…

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Healthy Hedonism coming your way

Coziness is the new trend. And it doesn’t even require any new equipment. Lately I’ve been seeing the word Hygge everywhere. I won’t even try to tell you how to pronounce it. Youtube has lots of native-speaking Danes who can help you! I’ve heard it described as healthy hedonism or the ultimate cozy factor – cats and cake are hygge as are fluffy throws and candlelight. Coming on the heels of the Magic of Tidying Up you might wonder if it’s going in a different…

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