Protecting Insects, they are so beneficial

This beautiful Luna moth visited me for a couple nights in a row.  A fairly large moth, Luna's will produce 2 generations per year in my area.  The adults emerge from their larva cocoons solely to mate, and only live about a week.   A pity, given how beautiful they are. There are many insects that [...]

Can You Ignore Technology?

My last column dealt with enjoying nature - getting outside and really listening and looking at your surroundings. My husband sparked another thought this week when he said "It doesn't matter where I go, I see kids and many adults on their phones typing away, even when they are walking".  Technology has taken over our [...]

Red Squirrel Life at Fox Pines Homestead

Our squirrels have it made.  Lots of tall red pines to live in, and sunflower seeds galore that fall or are pushed from the bird feeders, as well as our "cabana" where we pile seed just for them.  Stone walls for cover and caches. American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) are year round residents, who are [...]

Singing frogs: Springs comes in with a Chorus!

Spring has arrived when the swamp, ponds, and wetlands break into sound.   The peepers are awake!  It never fails to make me smile when I hear the first spring song from them.  It's another of life's lessons - show your joy to the world, and sing when you are happy. These little chorus frogs have a [...]

Who do I Champion today?

Every day I look for someone or something to champion, to support, to defend, to promote.  I don't need to be the prime character, I can just support someone else. Maybe it's another person I admire.  Someone I have worked with, or a family member.  Perhaps it's a cause, a pet, or just my bird [...]

Shed the winter coat – Spring is time for new resolutions!

Spring is the time when animals come out of hibernation, and new life enters the world.  From tadpoles come frogs, and from eggs, baby birds.  Dogs, horses, cattle, deer,  and most other mammals shed out their winter coat, and grow into a sleek new skin for summer.  All the animals that hibernate - bears, chipmunks, [...]

Shop at Home in The Pantry Store

Every so often I realized I have quite a bit of food stocked up in my pantry, meaning my pantry cabinet, my freezer, cold storage and whatever I might have growing in the window in winter.  There is really no reason to go to a store and buy anything. My sister and I call this [...]

3 Key Reasons to Cook at Home

I guess I am just a traditional farm girl.  Dinner was when everyone gathered around the table to eat together.  Always. Every night. I really never considered any other option.  The idea of people eating all different times and having different food is a totally foreign concept to me. So here are the 3 Key [...]