Building an Insect Hotel

When we ended that last blogpost, we were returning from the Bee Walk, excited about seeing honeybees up close (they’re very gentle, especially when they are foraging, you know), along with an assortment of other pollinators and numerous little green frogs.… Read more

Handmade Christmas Gift Strategy

Buy at
"Smiling Girls Give a Man a Handmade Felt Boutonniere as a Gift," by Volkmar K. Wentzel. Look how they are all smiling and laughing! He loves it!

It’s the countdown to Christmas. Is there any other holiday that gives us a running score of how many days we have left?… Read more

Thanksgiving Dog Biscuits

Here’s what happens when you put a plate full of cookies in front of a neurotic dog and tell him to smile for the camera.

An entire plate of turkey cookies - the smell is overwhelming.
"What is she doing? This must be a test.
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New Year’s for the Birds

Varied Thrush on fence
Word is out! FOOD & WATER!

The days may be getting longer, but we’re just now settling into winter proper. I have never quite understood this topsy-turvey concept. Today we awoke to a shivering 20-degree morning under a frosty blanket; last week, we were warmer than Orlando; a month earlier, we were buried under 2 feet of snow and temps in the teens.… Read more

Harvest Now for Holiday Gifts from the Garden!

Calendula blossoms make an awesome salve
We’ve had a few unseasonably warm days lately here on the Olympic Peninsula – the kind of days that made me think I could still plant a few cool-weather veggies in the greenhouse and conduct a little experiment with garlic bulbils (more about that later). … Read more