This weekend I declared the Peony to be my favorite flower.  Now, this here declaration is a big deal because I have so many favorites (lilies, roses, orchids, sunflowers – just to name a few) I’m usually swayed by the beauty or scent of what’s in bloom at that moment and season.  Right now, the…

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“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll, British gardener (1843-1932) When I was a little girl, my father taught me how to garden.  I didn’t realize back then that he was teaching me how to live…

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Good morning.  It was 6 months ago today on a Friday morning, here in Newtown, 20 children and 6 of their teachers lost their lives.  Quite innocently they went to school that morning, and never returned back home. All I know, is that the last 6 months has given me a new awareness and appreciation.…

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Murph was really on his game this weekend – concocting probably the very best, most awesome batch of Corn and Crabmeat Chowder he has ever made – ever. One taste and you knew it needed no more tinkering.  Hands up and step back.  We knew we needed to share the love – this wondrous soup…

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Oh, go for it – show a little floor!  At least for the summer.  That’s what I do. Rolling up my rugs and showing a lot of bare floor during the hot summer months instantly changes my warm and cozy house into a light and airy summer house.  It makes for a quick and easy…

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