Unexpected in common hours

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau    

An interesting find. What is it?

Last month when grandson Ben came for a socially-distanced porch visit, he brought an artifact he had found, hoping I could identify it for him. He found it in a creek near his home. It’s very heavy, apparently made of iron, appears to have had handles although one is now missing, is hollowed out on…

Pileated Woodpeckers

Pileated woodpeckers sound like jungle birds… And they were used by cartoonist Walter Lantz as models for the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker … We see them frequently here, although I’ve only ever seen one a time. The other day, however, there were four on our old back fence. As I was inside the house and…

Trumpet Vine

My husband planted a trumpet vine by our old shed many years ago. I don’t remember ever seeing it bloom until this year. So far it has had three blooms, one after the other, with each bloom waiting to open until the previous bloom has died. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.


“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms.”  Matshona Dhliwayo Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.


A tiny flower with a strange name, Pipsissewa is an herb that has been used in folk medicine to treat a number of conditions ranging from infections, to anxiety, and even cancer. It can be used externally to treat sores and blisters, and its extracts are used as flavoring in foods and beverages. Pipsissewa grows…

A socially distanced porch picnic

We hadn’t seen grandson Ben and his parents since Christmas, so what a surprise when our daughter phoned to say she and Ben were coming (this past Monday) for a short, socially distanced visit! They drove for over two hours just to get here, visited for about three hours, and then drove for over two…

Japanese spirea

Native to Japan, Korea, and China, this shrub also is called Japanese Meadowsweet. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.