Category Archives: favorite things

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

I’m a good hostess. Plus, I’m a Libra, so I naturally gravitate to plumping pillows at the same time I’m plying delectables and treats. I invariably worry that I won’t make enough and I pore over menus and plans, arrange … Continue reading

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TIME-OUT

No excuses. In the past I have pled bronchitis. And that old devil, Writer’s Block. Both sincerely good reasons to abandon one’s brain along with the keyboard. But this long time-out from posting on Snowbirdredux is wholly related to a … Continue reading

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CONVERSATION AMONG STRANGERS

I recently participated in a group where the discussion topic was an examination of spirituality. How to find it? Is it important? What is it like? Where is it? Does it exist? You wouldn’t have been surprised to hear words … Continue reading

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BOSSY PANTS II

When I was 7, 8 10, thereabouts, I was the one in the gang to write, cast, direct and star in the neighborhood productions. We had different venues. The Burgess yard was perfect for western dramas. Their dad, a frustrated … Continue reading

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FOOD FIGHT

When I was still in high school, an enormous event happened in a neighboring community. Disneyland opened. Relatives from the far northern prairies now had another grand reason to visit, other than soaking up the California sunshine, and my family … Continue reading

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THANKS FOR CARING

QUESTION: “Find a vine with attractive fall color that attracts wildlife, grows in full sun, tolerates urban conditions and has a fast growth rate. Then describe how that vine grows upward – with twining stems, with thorns, with twining petioles, … Continue reading

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THE LIFE OF BOTANY

I’m looking at this big fat tome that arrived from the University of Minnesota Extension, Master Gardener Core Class, straightening out the tabs which became scrunched in the mailing bag and wondering if Trees and Shrubs, Soils, Weed Management, even … Continue reading

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CORE COURSE

I have nearly completed the first week of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Core Course. Whew! In California in 1994 it seemed easier. Or maybe my brain was a lot younger. I just took the first of 15 … Continue reading

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

  I’ll admit it took me many years to come around to Facebook. Friends and relatives proclaimed it was the only way to keep tabs on what their children and grandchildren were up to. But that seemed a bit sneaky … Continue reading

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A BLANK SLATE

2012 was our first full year as residents of our new state and we filled it up, among other things, with wonder at hoarfrost and tornado skies and ice fishing and Minnesota Nice. I wouldn’t say we’re “old hands” now, … Continue reading

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