Changing Seasons

November is here. There is (sometimes) a chill in the air. People have been covering and bringing in plants in hopes of keeping them alive. Many leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground like yellow, green, brown, orange, and red confetti. We are in the midst of football and marching band weather. Above: … Continue reading Changing Seasons

A Summer Like No Other

As some may have noticed, my last post was at the beginning of summer, right before Memorial Day Weekend. It is now after Labor Day, and summer is gone... Fall is here (even if we can't always tell that it is by the weather.) On June 26, I fell in my bathroom, breaking a mirror … Continue reading A Summer Like No Other

Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

It's the year 2035, and you have been asked to write a chapter on the pandemic of 2020 in a history text book to discuss its impact on Southern Illinois. (By 2035, Southern Illinois is NOT referred to as "flyover country. " It becomes a highly sought after cultural, culinary, and natural destination... ) What … Continue reading Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Did you know that a good way to stretch ingredients is to make them into a topping for something like smashed potatoes, baked potatoes, salad, pizza, or even nachos? If you haven't noticed, meat has been more scarce and pricey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. When all the shelter in place directives first came down, … Continue reading Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

During my trip to the Marion Farmer's Market this morning, I looked at all of the pretty succulents at The Potager Garden's booth. I noticed that some had some pink on them. Recently, there have been photos circulating on social media of gorgeous pink succulents. Friends and I have been trying to locate some. Searches … Continue reading Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

How Strong Are Southern Illinoisans?

Apparently, Southern Illinoisans are so strong that there were briefly two Facebook groups and a new dot com with the same name... This morning, I heard from a friend who had said she had sent a request to join Southern Illinois STRONG, formerly the name of the Facebook group that is related to what was … Continue reading How Strong Are Southern Illinoisans?