March 14, 2017

An acquaintance, who was game to check out our website, commented to me that my blog (particularly the one about our lawn/soccer field) “was kind of sarcastic.”

“Yes,” I responded, “and your point is...?”

My husband thinks it may be this sardonic sense of humor that...

December 28, 2016

Now, who would think that New Orleans – the city known for its jazz, boisterous crowds and spicy seafood – harbors numerous areas of natural beauty and quiet distraction?

In early December, we four prairie dogs (Robin and Shannon, Jerry and I) headed south in search o...

September 23, 2016

Ok, it's officially fall now, and closing in on time to seed our prairie-to-be. Unless you've been away to another planet, you've probably heard about the persistent rains recently in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Relentless downpours" would better describe the weath...

September 7, 2016

The prairie plant catalogs have been staring at me for a few weeks now. I dug them out of a pile of other neglected plant books and periodicals after Jerry mentioned that we should get some seeds ordered for our prairie-to-be. 

The catalogs arrived in the mail early l...

August 12, 2016

When I look at my planting projects, I wonder what made me think I could create beautiful gardens – and now, a prairie.

It seems everyone else knows all about plants, their names and how to successfully grow them in arrays of gorgeous shapes and colors. Other people c...

July 14, 2016

I never wanted a lawn. It’s too much work from the get-go, lawnmowers leave a carbon footprint into which you could drive numerous Humvies, and I have a psychotic aversion to noise.
The out of doors is to be enjoyed, with a minimum of sound and no mechanical maintena...

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