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memo to the bumble bees

to: the bumble bees from: Jocelyn and Rob We know that you have taken up residence in a hole right where the walkway meets our front garden. We have seen you entering and exiting and also hovering there. This is not an eviction notice and we are cool with you […]

Jaded: a botanical thriller

Shannon and Jocelyn meet. Jocelyn admires Shannon’s magnificent and wonderfully-lopsided jade plant. Shannon announces that she is moving away from Nyack, all the way to Colorado. Jocelyn is disappointed, since they only just met. Shannon kindly offers to leave her jade plant behind in Jocelyn’s care. Jocelyn is thrilled, but […]

egg on yard

What should you do if you find a perfect little egg in your yard the day before Easter? Marvel at the wonders of the natural world. Decide it looks a little too perfect to be real and assume it had to have been manufactured in a factory. Perhaps it blew […]

cracking up

Oops: I guess you’re supposed to bring these kinds of flower pots inside for the winter. Sadly, we have three others in a similar state. Science has never been my forte, but I presume this has something to do with freezing/melting/expansion. Home-ownership certainly does have a learning curve.

march of the worms

There was a crazy storm last night including, but not limited to: thunder, lightning, and boatloads of rain. Today, the driveway is covered with more worms than I’ve ever seen congregating in one place. I am wondering if this is a displacement situation and if so, should I escort them […]

video: real banana muffins

Nothing saddens me more than a fake banana muffin. Why must they insult these baked goods by injecting them with so much artificial flavoring, when the real fruit makes them so much better? Whatever “their” reasons, I stopped buying this breakfast treat long ago and decided to take matters into […]

spring is sprung

Since this is the first Spring in our house, it has been exciting to see what perennials have been lurking underground all season. I know next to nothing about gardening or lawn care, but I’ve heard that the best thing you can do for your plants is talk to them. […]