March 6, 2017

       This winter I decided to try out winter sowing.  It is a technique where you plant seeds in milk jugs and leave them outside during the winter months.  I went to a class on winter sowing at my community garden, but, true to my procrastinating habits, I am just g...

February 17, 2017

              No one is up yet at my daughter’s house, except for me.  I cherish this time alone, especially because this is a snow day.  It is still dark and there is snow on the ground and plenty of wind.  I just finished folding my granddaughter’s hearts.  When she...

January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

        I was happy just to finish 2016.  It was a difficult year in so many ways and I feel that most people probably agree.  I cannot change the things that have made this year so hard, but I can look to my own habits and try to change myself to reduce...

November 19, 2016

              As some of you know, I make the month of November a whole month of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you, too, to extend the holiday throughout the month by expressing gratitude for the people who have made your life richer.  I talk to people, send notes through...

October 8, 2016

                This has been a very stressful time in the garden.  It seems that our community garden has been overrun with voles.  You may not have ever seen a vole, a rodent a little larger than a field mouse, but I have seen more than my share from babies to fully...

September 10, 2016

    This morning I woke up to dark skies and rain.  It is the kind of day that you just want to stay in bed under the covers.  I love this kind of day, as long as it is not an everyday event.  After a summer of being outside gardening and walking, I welcome a day to st...

August 20, 2016

I learned to knit when I was in high school.  I have knit many sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, and throws.  I used a variety of yarn and types of stitches, but I knew something was not quite right.  I could follow patterns and graphs, but I found that I had to change...

August 10, 2016

Years ago, when I first joined NJAKE, I felt isolated teaching the only kindergarten in the school.  I needed someone to talk to about my classroom who understood the problems that popped up and who also shared my excitement over what I call “The kindergarten aha,” the...

July 26, 2016

YIKES, IT IS ALMOST AUGUST!

            There is only one week left in July.  As a gardener, I love the thought of August with the bounty of tomatoes and corn that really speak to me of summer.  On the other hand, August means school is not far behind.  I always feel an...

July 8, 2016

              I know summer has officially started almost 2 weeks ago, but to me it really begins after the Fourth of July.  I say that because it is the time I finally get to do something for myself.  After school was out I needed a couple of weeks to feel human again...

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