“White stuff”

While half of the United States is dealing with heavy snows, blizzard conditions, power outages, and other weather-related issues, the other half, which is where I live, is experiencing record-breaking warm temperatures. We are seeing a different sort of “white stuff”… “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It…

The silence that comes with fog

A dense fog from yesterday morning, as seen from my back deck… “I like the muted sounds, the shroud of grey, and the silence that comes with fog.” (Om Malik)


After days and days of rain there finally was sunshine today, although there also were high winds.  Everything is battered and sodden, including newly emerging plants. However, one crocus plant protected by a small rock ledge withstood the heavy downpours…   The crocuses that weren’t sheltered look a little worse for wear…

The forecast was for rain

But it snowed for several hours.  Students were released from school early. Classes at the night school where I teach were cancelled.

Betwixt and Between

“WELCOME TO NOVEMBER IN AUGUST” That was the newspaper headline that greeted us this morning.  We’re a little over halfway through the month of August, traditionally the hottest month of the year, the “dog days” of summer here in the Deep South, and it’s cool enough for a jacket.  Never seen anything like it. The…

It Wasn’t Supposed To Rain Today or Is It “Monsoon Season” in Georgia?

While other parts of the country are facing unimaginable heat, massive wildfires, or severe storms, we have rain, rain, and more rain.  Many gardens (ours included) have effectively washed away.  Creeks and rivers are up.  It’s hard to plan outdoor activities, as rain could come in unexpectedly like it did today.  We had a 30%…

April showers bring … more showers in May

We’ve had so much rain recently that there have been, and currently are, flood warnings in effect.  Part of our front lawn has been dedicated to raised beds for growing vegetables and herbs, and the planted beds filled with water.   But the rainy mist was beautiful in the woods.

Beauty In the “Dark Days of February”

How many people experience the “dark days of February”? For many years, I taught at a boarding school where every year the headmaster gave his “dark days of February” speech to students. It was during the month of February that students wanted to go home. Academic performance sometimes declined.  Students hated the school; hated the…

It’s Too Early!

As I walked down the driveway to get the mail a couple of days ago, I noticed that one of our quince bushes is beginning to bloom.   It’s January, and although this IS the South and many plants bloom earlier here than in other areas of the country, it’s too early for the quince….