Watch out for winter houseplant pests

All of the houseplants I brought into the house this fall, for the most part, have adapted to their indoor environment.  So have the insects that rode in with them. During the summer when the plants were happily growing outside, the insect pests were hardly noticeable. The rain and natural predators kept the pests pretty … Continue Reading →

Our Local Thanksgiving Dinner

We have an unofficial tradition for Thanksgiving that has developed on its own though the years.  Each year we tally up how much of the meal we grew and harvested from three of our family gardens. Here’s this year’s tally: potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cabbage for coleslaw, onions, apples for apple sauce, sauerkraut, eggs … Continue Reading →

New book celebrates the world's great places

Looking for something for the travelers on your Christmas list? Just in time for the holidays comes Great Places of History: Civilization’s 100 Most Important Sites: An Illustrated TIME Books. This impressive coffee table book is an illustrated survey of the places Time has chosen as civilization’s most important landmarks. Beautiful photographs are accompanied by … Continue Reading →