Saturday, May 23, 2009


Here is a story for you.

Once upon a time, my friend the Contessa told me
she had been published in a magazine or two.

"Well, doesn't that sound like fun?" I thought.

So, I submitted some things here:

and they were published like this:

(a little bit closer now . . .)

I feel like a very happy dork.

A dork, because all the other pieces in this issue
are so much more interesting than mine.

But a very happy dork none-the-less, because there
are my little French girls, and fairy, for all to see.


(Don't you love happy endings?)


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


This is what dd sees when she looks out of her bedroom window.
It's wisteria, hanging over the deck.

Here's what it looks like from on the deck. Unfortunately
for you, it is impossible to translate the wonderful scent . . .

. . . or the sound of the bumbles buzzing in it! It's
quite a noise, let me assure you. They're very benign,
however--we've never been stung by a bumble in all our
10 years here.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

anything new blooming with you?

Here is our new volunteer puppy, Jimmy.
AKA Little Jimmy,
Nasty Jimmy,
Naughty Jimmy, and
Little Jimmy Dickens.

These smell wonderful!

These are some type of peony, a woody shrub, a
beautiful, prolific bloomer at our house.

Pics courtesy of the dd.

one more, as per her request:

Maggie up a tree. Maggie the Cat.
This cat is very much the dd's. In the World
According to Maggie, we exist only to do her

Come to think of it, Jimmy is the only one of
our pets whose name is not have some type of
literary allusion.

I don't think he'll notice.