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  • Of a Smokey Stove and a Cold Morning

    I might say, it’s a wee bit cold in the castle this morning. The chimney is a little clogged but the clean out cap is solidly rusted on…thanks to a chimney sweep who removed the old, cumbersome chimney cap and replaced it with a new version that never kept the rain out, turning the chimney…

  • My Neighbors Dog

    I’ve always wondered if people who live next door to writers ever walk a little tighter line for fear of being portrayed negatively in some some novel, or magazine article, and lately, maybe even a facebook post. Sometimes I grin mischievously to myself when I think of the “relationship” that landed me out here in…

  • Let The Snow Fall Where It May

    Last night the heater in my bedroom kept shutting off, which got me a little worried until I woke up enough to realize that the reason it kept turning off was that it was maintaining a temperature of 75, which is what it was set on, and so did not need to run all night.…

  • A Day of Thanksgiving

    This Thanksgiving morning has dawned grey and cold, with the anticipation of rain in the air. We desperately need the rain. Fires are burning in nearby counties because everything is so dry and the winds have been unrelenting. The winds haved calmed today and I am thankful for that, and for all my many blessings;…

  • Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

    This morning I am blogging from my cold dinning room in my lucky writing socks,  with my morning prayers already said, the coffee brewed and in my cup, the dogs still sleeping soundly in my bed and everything quiet outside so far. The sun has barely brightened the late-night sky, and even the chickens seem…

  • Small Blessings

    As I sit here in my dining room, surrounded on all sides by stacks of homemade soap that need wrapping, in a an old farmhouse that is much too cold for morning comfort, favoring a thumb and an eye that both got the bad end of my lye pot, I can hear a young buckling…

  • Like a Worm In A Hole

     I have been in hibernation. Deep hibernation. And frankly, I’d like to stay hibernating. I like my dark little worm-hole of a tiny slice of this earth of ours. And yet, I’ve been choking on the dirt so I feel like it’s time to poke my head up and look around a little. Just a…

  • Trump’s New Daughter

    It’s been nearly a week. An emotional week at that. As a country, we are all at odds with one another. Fueled by social media, life-long friends are becoming enemies, and no matter which social media platform we choose, all are rife with hate-filled political posts and rants. Riots are breaking out all over the…

  • Felted Soap Making Tutorial

    Need a gift idea for that friend or relative that has everything? How about a soft and woolly felted soap? Felted soaps take less than 30 minutes from start to finish and can be made to look any way  you’d like. The finished product can even be further embellished with some fancy needle-felting which I…

  • Easy Kombucha Growing For Dummies

    An easier way to continuously brew Kombucha Tea.