Currier and Ivy-er

Every winter, I hear it: “Take some pictures of the house.” She says it lightly, as if doing the Dr. Zivago across the whited planes, putting face and hands at frost-bite risk, standing stark still in the single-digit morning light was the most casual touristy snapshot. So here’s the image from Winter ’15-16. Currier and […]

Adult Day Care and Seasonal Affective Disorder Clinic

Honestly, it has been sort of nice being home-bound for a few days, with any travel obligations cancelled and not much that could be done outdoors after shoveling out the cars on Saturday and having both porches heaped high with firewood. Today marks the end of our sequester as we’re having lunch in town with other […]

Having Arrived: Winter Took Its Sweet Time

Not that I’m complaining. The wood pile has only recently begun to take a very serious daily (and especially nightly) hit. Now the season is making up for a slow start-up. There is a mixed excitement and dread facing the imminent “potentially extraordinary El Nino-fueled winter storm.” [what are they calling this one, btw?] Three feet of […]

To Us a Child is Born

“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars and used the Lord’s name in vain. They hit little kids and cussed their teachers and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken down tool house.” The year our daughter turned twelve, she was the […]

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Not. Usually by this time we’ve had a skiff of snow or two; the upper pass is off limits because of the infamous Blue IceDome of Death; and I’ve gotten a few dozen images from frozen formations on the creek. This year so far, none of that. We still have lots of greens growing in […]

Last Call for Wildflowers

The spring flowering plants tend to get way more of the attention than those in any other season. And there is no great surprise in this. In spring we have waited across the dull, dreary monochrome months from November to April for some sign of life and color. Bloodroot, Hepatica, Trout Lily and all the […]

Natural Abundance: For Good or Ill

Should we expect a hard winter this year to come? That might be the conclusion of some Floyd County “plant by the signs” folks. If there’s lots of acorns, it’s Nature’s (or God’s–choose your source of Providence) way of making sure there’s the potential victuals laid by come winter for those busy ants or squirrels […]