• Family - Gardening - Recipes

    When Zucchini is Abundant: A Recipe

    My mother often had a garden, and my grandmother managed a subsistence farm. So, I am following family tradition with a summer garden. This year the zucchini plant has been producing squash regularly. One zucchini grew to an enormous size while we were on vacation. I was explaining to a…

  • Berries - Children - Family - Michigan - Nature

    Family Time by Lake Superior

    Last week we were in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with our married children and the grandchildren. It was a delight to watch the grandkids enjoy being out in nature, spending precious time with their cousins.  I watched the older cousins flock around the youngest. We enjoyed picnics along the…

  • Berries - Faith - Gardening - Recipes

    Fruit of the Garden

    After I retired from clinical nursing, my work has changed. My work revolves around home and church. Gardening is a pleasant task at home. I enjoy planting and nourishing the garden. It is fulfilling to pick the produce and share it with family and friends. It is interesting that the…

  • Faith - Family - Nature - Prayer

    Praise and Thanksgiving

    This morning in church we sang the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King. The words, originally by Francis of Assisi, were paraphrased by Thomas Ken (1637 – 1711) and translated by William H. Draper (1855 -1 933). Here are verses 1 & 3. All creatures of our God and…

  • Faith - Family - Nature

    Sunshine and Sunset

    Recently my husband and I drove through the rolling hills of western Illinois. The sunshine fell softly on the farms and the cattle grazing on the green hills. It was a beautiful day, and we were on our way to a retreat with our church family. We had two and…

  • Faith - Family - Flowers - Nature

    Joy and Thanksgiving in June

    The crocuses and tulips and lilacs have bloomed. Now the irises, lily of the valley and peonies are blooming in my yard. The roses have buds. Springtime and summer teem with new plant life and  flowers, created by God. I have brought some inside to enjoy.  Wednesday evening, I listened to…

  • Gardening - Herbs - Nature

    Garlic and Rosemary

    April showers and sunshine turn my thoughts to the garden. I have started some tomato plants from seed, and next I will start some basil.  It is a pleasure to walk outside and see the trees and bushes bud, and then flower. The perennial plants are beginning to sprout. The…