Last Saturday, I found out via a virtual awards program that the third book in my trilogy of gardening humor, Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life received first place in the category of Non-Fiction Books for Adult Readers, Humor from the National Federation of Press Women. I've slapped a banner across the image of the book on the website and am working on updating descriptions here, there, and everywhere to include the award. In other book-related news, I have added my fifth … [Read more...] about Book Award!
The question of the day on Easter was what to do with all those bags of jelly beans I bought when they first hit the shelves way back before we were even talking about pandemics and self-isolating and essential workers and non-essential workers. Then I flipped the jelly bean bags over and realized they have expiration dates that go well beyond next Easter, which will be April 4, 2021. Good. They'll keep. In fact, the manufacturer even put on the package that freshness is guaranteed. Which … [Read more...] about Jelly beans and newsletters
With most of my speaking events canceled this spring, I've found myself with a bit of time on my hands so... I resurrected my old YouTube channel, Indygardener, that had been dormant for about 10 years! No longer is it a sad stash of lame videos! A few weeks ago, I deleted all those old videos and started recording and uploading new content. (Which may or may not be lame, I'll let the viewer decide.) What did I upload? How about weekly press conferences, complete with questions asked … [Read more...] about Now on YouTube!
If all goes according to plan, I will be publishing my fifth book, Creatures and Critters: Who's in My Garden, next Tuesday, March 17th. I'm excited to share this book with those who have enjoyed my trilogy of gardening humor. Whereas the essays in the trilogy are based on a lot of the material found on my blog, May Dreams Gardens, the critters book contains new essays not previously published online. As with the other books, though, you'll find some information that might be helpful if … [Read more...] about It’s almost here!
I like to read self-help books in between fiction books. Or maybe I read fiction books in between self-help books? Either way, I read all books with a full helping of gardening books. Right now, I find myself in the self-help phase of my reading with Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin loaded on my Kindle. Even without this book to guide me, I've been cleaning up and decluttering since the beginning of the year, starting with books. I … [Read more...] about The Older It is
For my sister’s recent milestone birthday, her sons and daughters-in-law bought her a pottery workshop for up to ten people at Fountain Square Clay Center. I was thrilled to accept the invitation to join in! I had visions of creating a lovely piece of pottery to use for bonsai or a small houseplant. Maybe I would make a vase to keep by the kitchen sink to hold a few of the ever-changing flowers of the day from my garden? The evening of the party arrived and we all gathered at the … [Read more...] about Lessons from a Blob of Clay