Making Leaf Mold

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close-bosom friend of the maturing sun-John Keats, "To Autumn" I'm pretty sure I haven't always loved autumn. If I'm remembering correctly, I thought of it as a precursor to winter, and I can assure you that I have never liked winter. In fact, as a child, one of my favorite books to read was The Penguin that Hated the Cold. I could empathize with Pablo the penguin's irritation with the cold and his assertion that "Cold weather...is for the birds. The other birds. Not me." At some point, though, my perspective shifted, and I'm almost certain that it started happening ...
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close-bosom friend of the maturing sun-John Keats, "To Autumn" I'm pretty sure I haven't always loved autumn. If I'm remembering correctly, I thought of it as a precursor to winter, and I can assure you that I have never liked winter. In fact, as a child, one of my favorite books to read was The Penguin t...

Repurposed Flower Vases

We own two actual vases. One was a gift from a friend, and the other is a memento of a wonderful day with my stepson during a vacation in Colorado years ago. We took him to see a glassblowing demonstration at a studio in Frisco, and since we were the only people in attendance, the artist asked my stepson to help. He was a teenager then, so he was generally unimpressed with anything. Throughout the trip, I kept giving him the same scenario: “If your happiness were a gas tank, where would the needle be pointing right now?” The answer was almost invariably “about 1/4.” It always stung a little, as my answer ...
We own two actual vases. One was a gift from a friend, and the other is a memento of a wonderful day with my stepson during a vacation in Colorado years ago. We took him to see a glassblowing demonstration at a studio in Frisco, and since we were the only people in attendance, the artist asked my stepson to help. He was a teenager then, so he was g...