I turned 48 on Saturday.   Where has the time gone?!  And when am I going to start feeling like a grownup anyway? 

Rain on the Red Bud Tree


It was a very rainy day.  

Water Shooting Out of Neighbor's Gutter


It was a quiet day that I mostly spent reading a book and contemplating how I want the next part of my life to be, what kind of old lady I want to grow into.  In a way, it seems like the mother of all New Year’s resolutions.  I’d like to be an active and vibrant old lady who’s around for a good long while.  So, first things first…get active and fit again, at least reasonably so.  You can’t be the grand dame when you can’t get around and do anything you want to do.  It’s a great way to be prepared for what ever comes along over the coming years.  Second, keep my mind active.  That’s not too difficult since I read so much, and my work and hobbies demand mental gymnastics and creativity.  Third, make new friends.  I’m not so good at this, since I am a real home-body.  But, I’m going to figure out some ways to do this.  Maybe go back to church, join a garden club, or volunteer.  Since I read so darn much, joining a book club might be a good option.  I’m not sure yet.  It will take some effort.  But I know having friends as you get older, and making new ones as you go along, is really important.  

So, while I’m thinking about this, I’m going to get myself to the gym in the evenings.  I have been going (from time to time) and walking for 30 or 40 minutes.  I think it is time to step up the pace.  

Work in the garden and preserving the harvest are picking up.  

And this weekend, my family and I are going to take a short trip to see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Springfield MO and to attend the first day of the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival.


I’s been working on taxes.  In a few days, I will have an update with photos, a discussion of straw mulch (or not).  In the mean time, I have been watering, weeding, seeding a bald patch of what should be grass, etc., etc., etc.  How about you?

Hi There!  This is my first post on my first blog.  I have always had a secret wish to be a farmer, homesteader, or some such.  Instead, I became a biochemist and patent agent.  Since I wasn’t able to fulfill my dream, I am doing it on a small-scale, in my backyard.  I plan to use this blog as a journal of my activities, including gardening, canning, baking, preparedness, and the like.  Let’s hope that it turns out well.