Monthly Archives: March 2009

Christmas is over; time to move on

It’s time to take my Christmas wreath down. I can’t hang on anymore.   I don’t see my friend Sandy Schwartz much anymore so she sent us a wreath for Christmas. It was gorgeous and was actually my first Christmas decoration of the year. It had a beautiful ribbon and lots of pine cones.   [...]

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Crocus and dead skunks a sure sign of spring

I finally had a chance to look at the side of the house during daylight hours. A bunch of crocus plants are popping up amidst all the dead plants I didn’t clear from last year. So far there are deep dark purple and bright white. I used to have yellow ones but I don’t know [...]

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Calling all robins…

We know spring is here because robins were spotted in our backyard in Gilbert. I didn’t see them, but my husband did and that’s enough for me. My friend and former coworker Farmer Frank Pollock reports that he’s already started his parsley inside. It’s slow to grow from seed but Frank says it’s coming along. [...]

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The missing ingredient

A couple weeks ago I posted an entry with my grandmother’s Red Velvet Cake recipe. A reader pointed out that  I mentioned baking soda in the directions but neglected to give the amount needed. Duh. You need 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda. I amended the recipe. (Scroll down.) I also added that my mom’s [...]

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Bye, bye begonia

Fluorescent office light is great for plants and my begonia was no exception. The plant was actually my grandmother’s but after she passed I brought it to the office. There, Susan Koomar, senior managing editor, and plant aficionado, adopted it. She loved it, repotted it and then gave it back to me. We had a [...]

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