GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS

I’ve written several tons about my husband’s gardening abilities and prowess. But this year, we’ve had to readjust because of the major transition in our lives. We’re still one foot in Pittsburgh and heart and soul in the Smoky Mountains. He knew this year’s gardening would be non-existent, but still he refused to give up completely.Continue reading “GARDENING BY DEFAULT – TOMATOES, PEPPERS, AND PRAYING MANTIS”

GRILLED PIZZA WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES!

From my gardening book From Seed to Table, here’s one of my favorite recipes when the tomatoes are overflowing the kitchen window sills. I miss having our garden this year, but thank goodness for local food markets and farmers markets. And to celebrate the harvest, you can download the book for only $0.99 on Kindle byContinue reading “GRILLED PIZZA WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES!”

Saying Good-bye

It took me by surprise when I shut the garage door and prepared to leave the house for the last time. I sat in the driveway, crying. I called my husband, but he was in a meeting. So I sat and cried. We loved this home where we’d lived for the past five years. WithContinue reading “Saying Good-bye”

Happy #Earth Day – Pay Dirt – #Composting

Happy Earth Day 2015! Celebrating Earth Day is a little bit like giving canned goods to the homeless at the holidays as if that’s the only time the food is needed. Same with Earth Day. We get all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about doing things to help the environment, but then May comes along, andContinue reading “Happy #Earth Day – Pay Dirt – #Composting”

THE RITES AND RIGHTS OF SPRING

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain It’s a rite of spring around our house that my husband beginsContinue reading “THE RITES AND RIGHTS OF SPRING”

Winter Gardening Blues and Greens

Usually by this time of year, hubby happily starts a multitude of seedlings and places them under grow lights in anticipation of planting time. It’s different this year. He’s planted a few seedlings–onions, greens–but nothing like in years past because this year our house and, of course, our garden are for sale. We don’t knowContinue reading “Winter Gardening Blues and Greens”

Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory

Flashback to 2009, and the invitation to visit my now husband in Pittsburgh where he lived. I’d never had the city on my top ten places to visit, and Robert knew I was reluctant to travel to what I thought of as a dirty city. That’s why soon after my plane landed, he took me toContinue reading “Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory”

Where Did Summer Go?

I haven’t forgotten you, Living Lightly blog. In fact, I think of you often, and then something comes along to interrupt so I don’t end up writing the post. I’m sorry. Now that I’ve apologized, it’s time to move on–right into autumn. Now that I think about it, I know exactly where summer went. ItContinue reading “Where Did Summer Go?”

#Monarchs and #Tomatoes As Summer Wanes

It’s been a very bountiful year for our tomatoes. They are the biggest my hubby has ever produced, and they are still coming although the leaves are telling us that the season is about to end. I put up ten quarts of Italian sauce two weeks ago. We’ve given away dozens of tomatoes. I haveContinue reading “#Monarchs and #Tomatoes As Summer Wanes”

#Gardening and #Raspberries

We’re getting a steady influx of vegetables these days, but nothing much to preserve yet. There are a few tomatoes ripening on the kitchen windowsill. Last night I grilled zucchini and green peppers. Cucumbers are trickling in, but not enough to turn into pickles and relish. Usually this waiting period occurs in late June, butContinue reading “#Gardening and #Raspberries”