Orchard orb-weaver a thing of beauty

In my last post I mentioned the orchard orb-weaver spider that had taken up residence on our back porch tomato cage, hanging upside down in the center of her horizontal web. See... The orchard orbweaver's scientific name is, appropriately, Leucauge venusta. The Latin venusta means charm or beauty, and this is a fascinatingly beautiful spider. Her abdomen … Continue reading Orchard orb-weaver a thing of beauty

If you plant it, they will come…

Who knew a third floor balcony porch could be a wildlife refuge? This spring, after the frosts stopped chilling the mornings, we decided to put some greenery on our little third floor balcony porch. It started with two trays of herbs (for culinary and medicinal uses),one tomato plant, and a Columbine to help attract hummingbirds … Continue reading If you plant it, they will come…

Thank you, Mother Earth

Thank you for the soil that holds and nurtures the trees, shrubs, herbs, and vines; that gets under my fingernails and coats the soles of my feet; that hosts worms and seeds and mycelium, connecting life to life - black humus, red clay, white sands. Thank you for the air that fills my lungs with oxygen, … Continue reading Thank you, Mother Earth

It is time

I sat on my porch, purposefully, this morning, sipping my cup of tea and watching the sun rise. The sounds of birds full of spring hormones filled the air with music. The sky beamed a pale blue and pink behind a curtain of fresh, infant, yellow-green leaves decorating the towering oaks and elms and sycamores. Just … Continue reading It is time

Give a hoot (for the environment)

Day 356 of #LiveWell2017 We're just 10 days away from 2018. It's hard to believe it's nearly time to turn the page on another calendar year. But, that means you still have 10 days to give that much needed end-of-year gift to a nonprofit charity of your choice. Today, I want to encourage you to … Continue reading Give a hoot (for the environment)

Listen to the birds sing

Day 283 of #LiveWell2017 I was sitting on my porch this morning, contemplating drawing, when I heard several birds calling. A Carolina wren singing like there was no tomorrow down in the understory, crows cawing back and forth above, a downy woodpecker trill at mid-canopy. Then a small, but close-by chirp caught my ear, and … Continue reading Listen to the birds sing

Grateful for the freedom of expression

Day 175 of #LiveWell2017 Today in Portland, no less than five naked bike rides are scheduled, including the World Naked Bike Ride that rolls at 9:00 PM tonight. These organized bike rides are symbols of the ultimate freedom we have in this country - to be able to express our ourselves freely and openly in … Continue reading Grateful for the freedom of expression