The End of the Year (Anti) Bucket List

Books, Garden, Randomments, TV, Writing

A repost of my article in the Springville Times: The End of the Year (Anti) Bucket List With all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season (almost) behind us the very, last thing you might be thinking about includes making more plans for the weeks ahead. Time for a rest, recoup and recovery session to […]

December 24, 2017

Peas, please!

Food & Drink, Garden

Peas, please! Sorry, not sorry I ended up shelling and eating the entire bowl of peas I picked from our fall garden this afternoon, straight from the pod. So sweet and crunchy. Such a delicious treat! Especially considering what a giant failure most of our garden has been this year. (Sad trombone.) Now that I […]

October 9, 2017

Garden 2017

Garden, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Garden 2017 Working List in Progress Front Yard Garden (Left) Russet Potatoes Kennebec Potatoes Rainbow Beets Nantes Carrots Red Pontiac Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Fort Portal Jade Bean Hidasa Red Indian Bean Black Valentine Bean Petite Caire de Caen Bean Front Yard Garden (Right) Yellow Beans Green Beans Purple Beans (Gourds) Cucumbers Sugar Baby Watermelon Asparagus […]

June 27, 2017

Garden Update

Garden, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Garden Update. About 65% complete transplanting perennial medicinal herbs (echinacea, lovage, milk thistle, marshmallow, wormwood, hyssop, yarrow, horehound, valerian, borage & chamomile) and adding new seeds to the Creekside garden. SO MUCH weeding, tilling, planting. HWMMS even cut down a few tiny annoying trees, not that anyone but us can tell how much work has […]

May 31, 2017


Garden, Homesteading

In a quest to use more of nature’s free gifts at Weber Wonderland I decided this would be the year I would weed, I mean forage for Dandelions. We have dandelions everywhere. As it should be, right? I never understood why people are so anti-dandelion in their yard. Mow them down, lawn is green. They […]

April 30, 2017

Sunburn Sunday!

Garden, Homesteading, Personal, Weber Wonderland

Because Saturday sucked, or didn’t go quite as I hoped. I had an early bedtime and woke up at a normal hour this morning. Baby was it cool outside! We had the windows open all night and HWMMS was ready to shut them and turn on the heat—-but instead, we ventured out into the sun […]

April 30, 2017



When you have as many cats as we do at Weber Wonderland, you grow your own catnip. In my perfect world, I have a HUGE patch of catnip. The patch I currently have growing is doing quite nicely, but it isn’t spreading as much as I thought it would. And I’ve planted a TON of […]

April 30, 2017

Asparagus Time!


Squee! Looky here! Mama’s first homegrown asparagus spears! And yes exclamation points abound! Because I’m excited and love asparagus! This is one of those vegetables I didn’t grow up with in the garden, I did however have it for my birthday meal every year. For some reason I thought it was fancy and delicious and […]

April 30, 2017

Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour

Friends, Garden, Synchronicities

Our first appearance on the Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour takes place next weekend, Saturday, May 6th at 2pm at the West Sparta United Methodist Church, 4287 Redmond Rd., Dansville, New York 14437. My dearest Jolene, aka Grandma Butter roped me in again. And yes, this is something I should be doing […]

April 26, 2017

Millions of Daffodils!

Garden, Personal

Daffodils are my favorite of all the flowers. Yellow daffodils. If I had a million dollars, I would plant a million yellow daffodils all over Weber Wonderland. Long term goal—-maybe not a million, but for certain I would like thousands of them scattered about. If I could get at least 250 in a year that […]

April 9, 2017


Garden, Personal

Light. My friend Jenn posted this photo on my Facebook page today. It made me smile. It also made me realize how VERY FAR BEHIND I am on getting seeds started for the garden this year. We have invested hundreds, um, yeah just hundreds of dollars in grow lights and have plenty of space in […]

March 22, 2017

Strange Compost Plants


Strange Compost Plants: Squa-kin-ord? What on earth are these? They came from a mutantly large growing vine in our compost pile that we thought was a pumpkin at first. We never grew such a thing so I don’t know where the seeds even came from? Oversized decorative gourds? Weird squash? Mystery… they have large pumpkin […]

September 21, 2016

Front Yard Gardens

Books, Garden, Weber Wonderland

Front Yard Gardens Why not? The sun seems to LOVE the front of our house, so we took advantage and started front yard gardens. I was not so excited about this idea last year when HWMMS tore up the entire front yard with the tractor, but after seeing how the veggies took to the plot, […]

August 18, 2016

Holy, Holy Basil!


I started growing Holy Basil Tulsi last year and it flourished. This year, it came back threefold. I now took a bunch of the seeds and started a wild patch in the backyard because it was so prolific. IT SMELLS AMAZING. The bees love it. Read this link about the health benefits it can provide. […]

July 29, 2016

How Does My Medicinal Herb Garden Grow?

Garden, Weber Wonderland

June! Time to check in with the medicinal herb garden. Valerian. I started this from seed. It’s third year of growth so I’m gonna attempt to dig out some root this year (which is where the most of the medicinal properties are…zzzzzzz.) I have more seed started in the greenhouse now and will likely transplant […]

June 12, 2016

Seed Shopping

Garden, Shopping

Seed Shopping “Disturb a piece of earth and throw some seeds on it…you’ll get food.” Oh so many seeds, so many seed catalogs. I get the gardening bug the same time every year, right around when SPRING arrives and the first few sunny days of March and open windows and chirping birdies and peeping tadpoles […]

March 28, 2016



What a Difference a Year Makes! As everyone and their mother is reporting, tonight is the one-year anniversary date of SNOWMAGEDON in WNY. Winter Storm Knife. Whatever it was called that didn’t hit Springville. THIS YEAR instead of playing in the pretty snow…HWMMS and I made it outdoors and planted lots and lots of bulbs. […]

November 17, 2015

Garden Update: Defeated


Garden Update: Defeated I love spending time in the garden. I hate owning up to the fact that I’m failing miserably in the garden. I hate June in the garden when it is too wet. I hate all the weeds and the bog that is the “main garden plot” that is basically useless. Grump. Grump. […]

July 2, 2015

Sour Cherries

Food & Drink, Garden

Sour Cherries! Our one wee sour cherry tree at Weber Wonderland is dripping with fruit this year! This photo was taken about a week ago… And tonight, the wee sour cherry tree is 20 pounds lighter. Save

June 24, 2015


Garden, HWMMS, Weber Wonderland

Roses. Sigh. At HWMMS house in Ransomville, he had a gorgeous front porch garden dripping with beautiful roses which our friend Cindy’s grandparents planted years and years ago. Man, do I miss those flowers… Originally, we thought the new porch at Weber Wonderland was so large, we would plant veggies instead of flowers, however, after […]

June 16, 2015



The broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages are coming up nicely! I have at least three different plantings interspersed throughout the brassica patch so they don’t all come up at once. Fingers crossed, this is my first year with a pretty hefty crop growing, we can’t get enough of these veggies so I’m hopeful. And this is […]

June 5, 2015

Holy Basil


This is my second season experimenting with growing medicinal herbs. Last year I planted *successfully* grew feverfew, valerian, white horehound, milk thistle and calendula. I’ve decided to add a ton more to the mix this year and decided to give the Holy Basil quartet from Horizon Herbs a try. Krishna Tulsi, Rama Tulsi, Vana Tulsi […]

April 13, 2015

Signs of Spring


Ah, the little purple signs of SPRING! I moved the broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage and bok choy out to the porch for some sunshine. We plan on tilling some of the garden area this week to get these guys in the ground. I have another set of seeds started that will be about 3 […]

April 12, 2015

Overwintering Root Veggies: Found!

Food & Drink, Garden

Spring has SPRUNG! Overwintering Root Veggies: Found! Ignore the fact that my hair has a ridiculous amount of grey roots showing and for the first time, I think ever…I feel like I look every single one of my 41 years of age (ugh, this realization hurts looking at this photo, I need to shape up.)…I […]

March 20, 2015

More Seeds: Medicinal Herbs


Mountain Arnica, Meadow Arnica, Alum, Hyssop, Calendulas and Moonwort. Lil Brother recommended Arnica, it is used for for homeopathic remedies, and oil infusions, compresses on sprains, bruises and wounds. Since it is a perennial herb, I hope to find a nice spot for it somewhere on the edge of the woods for it to spread […]

March 18, 2015