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White Irises

  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Josie's Wednesday

Finally! Meema remembered to buy pumpkin so we could make pumpkin bread. I helped stir. It took almost an hour to cook which is like forever but at last Meema took it out and then we had to wait for it to cool a little. Meema said she used to help her grandmother make banana bread and they cooled it on these very same racks. Meema's grandmother was named Ruby and she is my great-great grandmother. I wanted to put chocolate chips in the batter but Meema was out of chocolate ch...
Tags: Gardening, William, Ruby, Josie, Vicki Lane, Meema

More Spring Beauties

  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Giving Thanks

False Solomon's Seal I've been so cheered by the many positive ratings and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and/or personal comments from folks who've read Crows.  It would be wiser, no doubt, simply never to look at reviews, as sometimes people can be ugly, but I can't resist and so far folks have been kind and even enthusiastic.  Writing a book takes a lot of effort--something like birthing a child--and one wants that child to do well and for people to appreciate it. And now,...
Tags: Amazon, Gardening, Bethlehem, Solomon, Vicki Lane

So Many Things

Sunrise Skink Chilling with a snack Rose Geranium   [Author: Vicki Lane]
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A Busy May Day

What a beautiful May Day it was!  REMINDER: Get wet in the first rain of May for good health all year. (It's my family tradition and I interpret it loosely--get some rain on your hand and you're good.) Josie and I made a start on Friday of moving stuff out of the greenhouse. There was a lot of potting soil on the floor and she helped by using a little trowel to scrape it up and put it in the bed. "This is the best day ever!" she said. She loves to help. And she loves being ou...
Tags: Gardening, Candace, Josie, Columba, Vicki Lane

Black or Turkey? Vulture, That Is

Vultures are such majestic critters, patrolling the skies and riding the currents.  We have both the Black and the Turkey Vultures around here. It's easy to see the difference up close--the TV's head is featherless and red--like a turkey.  But at this distance I can't see the red. Still, I think it's a Turkey Vulture rather than a Black --because of the shallow V of the wings, the 'fingers' at the wingtips, and the good- sized tail. What a beauty! More about these birds HER...
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Tree Peonies--Be Still My Heart

  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Josie and Dell

Do you like the tower I made? It is amazing.  My dinosaurs and birds watched me build it. I gave Bobadog my princess crown. He liked it. And then I made a new friend. Her name is Dell and she is Meema's computer. We had a conversation and here it is. (Meema did the words I told her.) D) HELLO JOSIE, I AM DELL. HOW ARE YOU? DO YOU LIKE APPLES? J) YES, I DO! DELL, DO YOU LIKE APPLES? D)I AM A COMPUTER. I DON’T EAT ANYTHING. WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE? J) I LIKE MY MO...
Tags: Gardening, Dell, Josie, Vicki Lane, Meema, Bobadog

The First In-Person CROWS Event!

What joy! I spoke to the Marshall Library Book Club--outside and all of them masked-- about CROWS and they asked the best questions! They really seemed to understand what it was I was trying to accomplish. I've done some Zoom events but in the beginning my old computer was a bit wonky and the conditions just weren't ideal. What a pleasure to be in person! I even managed to ask them to post reviews. It seems so tacky to be doing that but it really helps the book to get more no...
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Too Good Not to Share

"He told himself that he was not drunk at all, but that he had taken an unusual quantity of whisky, which seemed to produce much the same effect as intoxication." From E.F.Benson's Miss Mapp [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Green, Green, Green!

The spring greens are dazzling everywhere. They really pop against the gray sky. Yes, this is my favorite time of year.   [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Silent Sunday

  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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An Existential Question

In attempting to deal with my ever over-flowing book shelves, I resolved to get rid of duplicates--mostly ancient paperbacks from the time when fifty cents was a high-end classic. Henry James's Washington Square and The Europeans, probably from my college days sixty years ago, appeared to be just such a candidate. The rubber band holding it together was a clue.                                  Nope, can't even donate this one. What idiot reads Henry James these days, and especially in this ...
Tags: Gardening, Henry James, New England, James, Josie, Washington Square, Vicki Lane

Josie Paints

Meema and I did some painting Wednesday. I did Medusa with her snake hair. I held my brush lightly and did not press down hard.  I drew the Cyclops with one eye. And then I started drawing A's. I was very good at it. Oh my gosh! I was so good I just couldn't stop. I made 23 A's and one L. I think that writing is going to be fun.   [Author: Vicki Lane]
Tags: Gardening, Medusa, Vicki Lane, Meema, Josie Paints

Here and There

Double Daffodil Yellow Trillium Mayapple Columbine   [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Josie and the New Chicks

I went with Meema to get chicks at Silvers Mill. They are very cute and fluffy. And tiny, tiny. But they will grow up to be hens that lay eggs for us to eat. We bought 12--some for Grumpy and Meema and some for me and Mama and Daddy. When we got back, I ran to get Grumpy because he is in charge of chicks. We took them to the special chick house where they will stay till they get big enough to go in with the other chickens. Meema came too but she is a little...
Tags: Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane, Chicks, Meema, New Chicks

Still At It

I have a lot to learn and a long way to go but I'm enjoying the journey and realizing that each thing I paint, no matter how unsatisfactory, had taught me something. I tried one of the exercises in this little book -- a path through a bluebell wood. Mine falls far short but I got to practice using masking fluid, spattering, and making shadows. Then I tried working from one of my photos. Yikes. This is a travesty. Need to make it less like a snow storm and more like a...
Tags: Gardening, Watercolor, Vicki Lane

Accountability, not Justice

The guilty verdict in the Chauvin case was exceeding welcome--but, as one speaker pointed out, it was a victory for accountability, not justice. Justice would have George Floyd still alive to watch Chauvin pay the price of his inhuman actions.  Thanks to the many police officers who broke the blue wall of silence, to the bystanders who cried for mercy, and, most of all to Darnella Frazie, the woman who caught the entire terrible episode on video despite being threatened with mace, t...
Tags: Gardening, Justice, Vicki Lane, Chauvin, George Floyd, Darnella Frazie

A Crowded Calendar?

After a year of having a blank slate of a calendar, I find that appointments and other things are elbowing their way in. And I'm surprised that it's seeming a tad stressful. What, a mammogram, book club, and grocery shopping all on the same day? No way. Change that mammo appointment. Yesterday seemed a bit harried--I had to go over to Mars Hill to return a recorder I'd borrowed, stop at Silvers Mill to inquire about next week's shipment of chicks, pick up a few things at the grocery...
Tags: Gardening, John, Mars Hill, Vicki Lane, Silvers Mill

Pasta alla Pancetta, 'shrooms, and Ramps

My  little ramp patch is putting forth so I harvested a very few leaves. I'd love to use the bulbs too--but then there'd be fewer ramps next year. When I find fresh ramps for sale, I buy them and eat a few and plant the rest--which is why I have a ramp patch in the first place. Someday someone may be able to harvest more freely here . . . But not yet. I'd like to see them all crowded before I remove any. So just a few leaves went into last night's supper. I sautéed diced pa...
Tags: Gardening, Vicki Lane, Ramps, Recipe Pasta Pancetta

Silent Sunday

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A sweet little girl. . . A traditional childhood moment . . . And she brought a favorite book outside . . . No, she's not actually reading it. And I cannot explain why she considers this particular book special. But she does and has ever since she first (well over a year ago) picked it up from the bookshelf just outside the bathroom and said it was her 'medium-size poop book.' She doesn't call it that now. In fact, she pointed to the author's name and asked if...
Tags: Gardening, Maurice Sendak, Josie, Vicki Lane

Daffodils and Crow

  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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The Southern Woman--Waking

In my writing workshop, we were discussing a hilarious piece by one of the class members who writes wild, over-the-top, occasionally bittersweet vignettes of life in the South. This piece profiled her mother-in-law as the quintessential Southern woman: keeper of heritage, wearer of Doncaster suits, lover of tobacco, and God. Painted with very broad strokes, it was a delightful read. Then one of the class raised the question, “Shouldn’t you specify that she was White—I mean, there ar...
Tags: Gardening, Race, Alabama, Doncaster, Annie, Nostalgia, Tampa, White, Stereotypes, White Privilege, Writing Class, Vicki Lane, Annie Davis, Black and White Southern

Soft Opening

It felt like a rehearsal for next year's (fingers crossed) Easter party. Virginia cousins (adults vaccinated!)  were visiting and the planned camping  and family cookout were detoured by the rain to the new shop.   It almost felt like we should be breaking a bottle of bubbly over the front door--what a grand way to bless the new building! Kids having fun . . . Josie was so delighted to have her cousins to play with. . . She was also sporting a new haircut, court...
Tags: Gardening, Virginia, Josie, Vicki Lane

Josie as Cinderella

Oh, hi. I am having a cup of tea before I get started on my project. I am going to make a Big Mess. I am taking everything off my shelves and putting it all over The Room. The books and plushies go on my bed and I am putting other things all around. Meema is watching quietly instead of fussing, for once. So much stuff! But I got it done and said Look Meema, my shelves are bare! and she said, Good, I will give you an old towel to wipe the shelves with and then I will help ...
Tags: Elsa, Gardening, Cinderella, Josie, Vicki Lane, Spring cleaning, Meema, Look Meema

Silent Sunday

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Redbud Sings Amidst the Green

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