Category: Stories

DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

If I could hold my head up high and proudly look you square in the eyes, you’d see that my skin is looking great. I’m slightly ashamed to tell you it’s not because of the plethora of DIY natural skincare concoctions I’ve been trying on my face. For more than a year starting with my […]

September 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for months. I’ve had the ideas swirling around inside and I’ve been putting words to those ideas while I work, walk the dog, do the dishes, work in the garden, cut flowers, and wash my hair. I’m sure none of it will come out as eloquently as I’ve […]

July 1, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
I’m a Beekeeping Beginner!

I’m a Beekeeping Beginner!

When I start a new project, I sometimes get overwhelmed by all of the things I don’t know. It happened years ago when I started growing food. I had only limited experience with it when we moved into our current home and made a big commitment to build a large fenced-in vegetable garden complete with […]

April 5, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Meet the Newest Plotnick!

Meet the Newest Plotnick!

This past holiday season, Mr. President and I decided not to exchange gifts and instead, spring for a really good coffee maker. And a dog. We are now the proud parents of Princess Lucy Punkin’ Head of Castle Plotnick. She was named “Lucky” by the shelter, but we think we’re the lucky ones! Lucy is a classically […]

December 29, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Improve your Headstate: Get Into Meditation

Improve your Headstate: Get Into Meditation

If you’re a regular here and have been keeping up with me for the last few weeks, you may have noticed a theme. In this blog, I talk about slowing down and taking time to enjoy life, sip champagne, and live a deliberately decadent life. And, most of the time, that’s how I live. Except for right […]

November 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 “Guess My Harvest” Contest Announcement!

2015 “Guess My Harvest” Contest Announcement!

It’s official! The end of September marked the end of the 2015 “Guess my Harvest” contest sponsored this year by great friends at Gardener’s Supply Company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Nature’s Footprint. My tomato-growing season was full of uncertainty this year as my plants got off to a pretty slow start. And, just like […]

October 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

I’ve been thinking a lot about money lately – what it means, its power over us, and my relationship with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s complicated but evolving in a very good way. Right around the time I started writing this blog, I was discovering so many new interests and hobbies and […]

May 19, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

I’ve always called my garden my “happy place.” When the garden’s in full swing, it’s the first place I want to go each morning. I take a stroll through with a cup of coffee and see what’s coming up, marvel at the hummingbirds coming to visit the feeders and the flowers, and get centered for […]

May 1, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Big Sur Forager’s Festival

Big Sur Forager’s Festival

As a passionate lover of learning new things, my mother was not surprised when, on our recent vacation together in Big Sur, California, I declared, “Mushrooms are going to be my next big thing!” Months ago, I learned about the Big Sur Forager’s Festival on social media, and knew immediately that I had to get there. […]

January 27, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Beware the thought-provoking book read while you’re relaxed enough to be open minded – it just might change your life! Or it could at least make you seriously doubt conventional wisdom. This happened to me recently. I am trying on a new attitude and I wish to share it with you during this time of […]

December 31, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More