Her name is Windy. She lived at the Lost Madrone Ranch. Windy is a dragonfly. Windy’s story is based on a real encounter over ten years ago. In my first blog post, Take Comfort: My Blog Introduction, I referenced an extraordinary day at the ranch — truly a ranch day to remember. I woke up … Continue reading Her Name is Windy, Sing Her a Song
Happy Father's Day! Thanks, Jim, and thanks to Father's everywhere who give their kids experiences — both fun and frightening — we moms would never think of! Happy Father's Day!
The first tomatoes and peppers of summer are ripe at the Lost Madrone Ranch. The only thing better than eating tomatoes picked from the vine is sharing them with friends. Happy Summer!
On most visits to the ranch lasting more than a day, I gather plant material — whether bare branches or full blooms — and make an arrangement to display at the house. It might be a simple zinnia or fern frond in a vase, an oversized arrangement of fall leaves and grasses, or a quickly … Continue reading Seeking Flowers, Finding Spiders, Considering the Lilies
We started to watch sedum plants at the Lost Madrone Ranch beginning March 4th. I will be honest, I did not realize it would take this many Saturdays to reach the peak blooming period for this little succulent. Thank you for watching the sedums with me! I arrived at the ranch yesterday happy with the … Continue reading Saturday Sedum Watch: The Final Week
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! A baby golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species, at the Lost Madrone Ranch.
How quickly life changes and moves on to a new chapter. Last week, I was sad about the dry parched sedums looking straggly and not very vibrant. This week, after intermittent showers passed through Comfort, a slight stem restoration from the drink of water, along with a greater number of sedums coming into bloom, masked … Continue reading Saturday Sedum Watch: Celebrating Black and Gold