Spill the Beans: Growing up so fast

As you may remember, just over two weeks ago, I got chicks. And they were adorable. But you would NOT BELIEVE how fast these birds have grown. Like, I would check them before I went to bed and then first thing in the morning, I would swear they had doubled in size. So as you can imagine and as you can see from the photo below, they are rapidly outgrowing my bathtub. Read More

Spill the Beans: Let the harvest begin

Tiny, greenish-yellow bulbs appeared in two places in the garden. And sure enough, about a month later, instead of one rhubarb plant, just where I planted it, I had two rhubarb plants growing rogue in the garden. And you will soon learn that I am all about the rogue plants, tenacious enough to survive the winter and come up in the spring; be it tender perennial herbs that have no business coming back, lettuce and tomatoes that have self-seeded the previous fall or rhubarb plants that get tilled into the ground and redistributed by some well-meaning farmer. Read More

Spill the Beans: Arrivals

As soon as I walked in the door, though, there was no mistaking the sound of hundreds of baby chicks, all laid out in boxes of varying sizes, alphabetized, ready to be picked up by their farmers. And it was loud. Who knew such puny creatures could make such a ruckus? Read More

What to drink if you don’t have a fireplace

I love a good, hot drink. Coffee in the morning. Tea later on in the day. And when it’s really cold, there’s nothing like warm alcohol by the fire to take the chill out of the air and out of the body. At least that’s how a hot-buttered rum or two will make you feel. Trust me. You won’t be sorry. Read More