Groundhog Day was last week. I have no idea what the groundhog's verdict was this year, but it doesn't seem relevant around here when the snow can stick around into April or even May. But, come to think about it, perhaps Groundhog Day does hint at one sign of spring: It's about six weeks until maple … Continue reading Getting Ready for Maple Syrup Season
It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s garden! Although it will still be several months before the snow melts and ground is ready to plant, I already have a stack of seed catalogs begging for my attention. I'm working on a talk about vegetable garden planning that I'll give at the library next … Continue reading Planning Next Year’s Veggie Garden: 5 Questions for You to Consider
I spend a lot of time in my car, mostly commuting to and from work on the weekdays. I used to hate my commute and feel guilty about all the miles I was driving. Eventually, however, I accepted that my commute isn't going to change anytime soon and tried to find ways to make the … Continue reading Mindfulness Pays Off
I slept outside last night. I was all alone. I didn't die, and I only really freaked myself out once. Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to sleep outside a few nights. I haven't gone camping or backpacking much during the last several years, and I've been missing it a bit. I camped one … Continue reading A Last-Minute Camping Microadventure
My two most recent posts have alluded to a big change in our household: we bought a camp. Until I moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, (aka the U.P. and aka the Yoop), I'd never heard of a camp. Eventually, I learned what one was, and eventually after that, Sexy and I talked about potentially having … Continue reading What’s a camp?
I've been making a point to go barefoot this summer. When I was young, I was always barefoot. It was that or shoes. I don't remember ever having sandals or flip flops as a kid. Perhaps I had a pair of jelly shoes for summer (it was the early '90s after all), but otherwise I only … Continue reading Going Barefoot
We found ourselves in the hospital earlier this week for Sexy's broken ankle. It was not a lot of fun—not fun at all—but it did give me the opportunity to see the results of some nature-based research in action. In the hospital room we used before and after the surgery, the wall that separated us from … Continue reading Nature Scenes and Hospital Recovery
Do you ever think that we try to do too much? For example, I have a hard time going out for a run that's shorter than 30 minutes because it seems too short. As if somehow running 27 minutes doesn't count but anything over 30 does. Of course this makes no sense, and running (or doing … Continue reading 15 Minutes in the Morning: Garden Edition