Shoulder Season 2.0

  Most of the time living off grid here on Minister Hill is easier than being connected.  We never lose power, our wood stove heats water in winter and the sun heats it in summer.  Ironically, spring is one of the few times when we feel a bit disconnected. Normally it's not that big a deal - I save my showers for after a workout when I'm hot anyway (gardening, cleaning, chasing the kids)....

Altogether Unmentionable

Katy-the-Wonder-Dog's bladder still hasn't learned to wake up an hour later on Saturday morning to let me sleep in one day a week, but today that was okay.  I was trying to sneak out for an early morning writing session at my favorite cafe and was running around the house like a silent thief as I popped my iPad into my purse full of glasses (a pair for reading, a pair for driving, a pair...

A Sinner’s Tale

I was already so late for the potluck that my contribution had required a stop at the grocery store for a deli-made salad (that looked better than anything I would have made) and a disposable pot-luck container to cover my tracks, so I felt more than a little guilty about even being tempted to stop.  But ye without sin can cast the first salad tong. In my defense, there was a six foot banner...

Garden Defined

The size is different this year, but I'm basically repeating the same motions as last year, hoping for a better outcome than before.  It's not something radically different that I want - looking for a completely altered ending from the same story would be the definition of insanity - a condition I know well. But hopefully repeating the steps improves skill enough to make the end of the story a...

The Bright Sides

I knew it wasn't going to be good news when I went to the eye specialist. There would either be surgery that would leave me with the current crappy vision in my right eye but not let it get any crappier. Or it would be the news that it could actually get worse.  So I was sort of prepared when I found out that the left eye might be joining the party. Believe it or not, I was actually kind of...