Embracing the Imperfections

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Gardening | 0 comments

This is the view I see as I come up my driveway. Beautiful big hibiscus, a flowing hanging basket, double-blooming coneflowers and lots of lush green plants. The view changes slightly when you get closer. I don’t spray my garden with chemicals, which means little worms that eat my coneflowers and Japanese beetles that feast on my hibiscus and canna lilies live in harmony with the many bees and butterflies that also enjoy the blooms. Sure, the...

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Giving Up on Normal

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blended Families/Stepparenting, Family, Parenting | 1 comment

I am coming out and saying something in public that my family has known for a very long time: I am a creature of habit. I do not like change. I thrive on routine. Unfortunately, routine, having things stay the same, is not how life works. And for me, that has caused a lot of stress in my life, in ways both big and small. I have spent a lot of my life ignoring the fact that life is messy, or maybe not so much ignoring it as trying to make mine...

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Field Trips Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Friends, Gardening, travel | 2 comments

My kids are in the first and fourth grade. Which goes without saying, I’ve been on my share of field trips over the past few years. We’ve gone to farms, Grandfather Mountain, the North Carolina Zoo, Catawba Science Center, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum, just to name a few. For all of them, I was glad I had been sometime before in my life, because when you go with a bunch of kids, all but one that aren’t yours, you spend most of your...

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Celebrate Green!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Gardening | 1 comment

Kermit had it right when he sang, “It’s not easy being green.” He says because he’s green he blends in, people pass him over, and he feels ordinary. And isn’t that pretty much how we think about green in the garden? We take it for granted. We walk over grass without thinking twice. We marvel at the colors of leaves in the fall, but no one begs tourists to come drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the spring for leaf viewing. In all my years working...

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A Milestone to Be Proud of: Puking in the Toilet

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

We made it through the school year from September through the end of February with nothing more than a slight sniffle. No ear infections, no flu, no trips to the ER for broken bones. Then March came. Warmer weather, longer days, greener grass — spring is definitely on its way, and I thought we were home free with sickness. Then about 12:30 last Tuesday night, I heard a pathetic voice calling “Mommy” from the bathroom. I drug myself out of...

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