Red Writing Hood

(From the Writer’s Digest creative writing prompt It’s My Story and I’ll Pitch if I Want To) “Mr. Lubo will see you now.” The teenage girl nods to the receptionist before stepping toward the office door. “It’s what Grandmother would have wanted,” she whispers to herself as she pushes the oak door inward. The office … More Red Writing Hood

Unexpected Neighbors

We’ve had a lot of different animals come visiting in the yard, especially since we put out a pile of corn and sunflower seeds for the birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Occasional fish guts or chicken bones can bring in the rare visit from our nocturnal scavengers, possums. But for the past week, we haven’t been … More Unexpected Neighbors

Woodland Picture

(From the Writer’s Digest creative writing prompt It’s Not About Me) Early morning sun lights the sky and earth below. Animals wake and run everywhere. So much for them to do Each morning, new challenges arise. Eat. Forage. Drink. Run. The hunt begins. Eagles may soar, but deer cannot fly. Ever vigilant they must be, … More Woodland Picture

Our First Watermelon

This year, Nancy and I tried to grow watermelons in the garden. *Tried* being the key word. We didn’t know if we had the climate or a long enough season for them, but we figured why not? The plants have been so-so the whole season. They were slow to sprout (veeeeery slow) and there have … More Our First Watermelon

Hummingbirds & Me

When I was in second grade, we had to do a report on an animal. I was told I couldn’t pick a unicorn or pegasus, so somehow, I ended up with hummingbirds. Ever since, when my mom sees a hummingbird something—anything!—she thinks of me, and often buys it for me. As far as hummingbird trinkets … More Hummingbirds & Me

Colorful Limas?

Half the fun of growing a garden is sharing the bounty and even exchanging seeds with other gardeners. This year, Nancy was given some Hopi Lima bean seeds from her friend Sam, just to try something new. They got planted later than the other beans, but hey—they had to get here from Tennessee! The little … More Colorful Limas?

No Tomatoes Here…

I started picking tomatoes last night because with this increase in heat, all the tomatoes are ripening at once it seems, and I’ve already been falling behind as several have been getting overripe and rotting. Nancy has started freezing some of them and will freeze more, but she didn’t want to freeze too many if … More No Tomatoes Here…