Celebrate Mother Earth! Environmentally Friendly Products

A special thank you to everyone that attended our Mother Earth event this May with Pfeiffer Nature Center! We were fortunate enough to have Joan Haynes guide us along to learning about some natural products that may be less harmful both to the environment…

Preparing for our Feathered Friends

Warblers, bluebirds, and many other bird species return to this area when it’s still plenty cold – snow on the ground and frequent below-freezing temps.  Without match.com, they start looking for their mates early in the season, and then immediately set up housekeeping – …

Lightning Strikes!

They say April showers bring May flowers but this past Wednesday was certainly wild weather with thunder and lightning. Watching the storm left me wondering though, what exactly is going on up in those clouds that causes those flashing lights, thunderous booms and wild…

Visions of Spring

Well today was a day that really made us feel like spring is truly on its way. The return of the morning bird songs from robins, red-wing blackbirds, even the movements of the geese tell us that spring coming along. But there are other…

Nature at My Doorstep

A brief trip south this past weekend to a place with no snow, plenty of sun, and warmer temperatures has put a pause to my enjoyment of winter.  It is a bleary day here, ice thick on the river, blowing snow, and cold, cold, bitter…

Do You See What I See?

I love the first snow!   A fresh snowfall creates a new canvas to observe the details of the forest and field.  A curled tendril of the fox grape leaps into view no longer obscured by the brown wash of late fall.  Tracks identify…

Thoreau Was Right

My friend Kathy shared this the other day “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine.” ~Henry David Thoreau  True in his time and ours.  We’ve reach the point where there are more leaves off the trees than on…

Fall Is In the Air

In a few short weeks we’ve gone from leaves with a touch of color, to our first frost and now absolutely glorious color!  Everyone is preparing to hunker down for what is predicted to be a tough winter.   We’re wrapping up the year…

Christmas Trees: Artificial vs. Real

It is that time of year when families are heading out to buy a Christmas tree.  Many begin to ask themselves, which is better, a real tree or an artificial tree.  When asking yourself this question, you need to define better.  Better for whom,…

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

I have always enjoyed watching birds.  They would fascinate me as a young child.  I would spend time watching them eat from our feeder outside of our kitchen window.  One of my fondest memories of my grandfather is when he “taught” me how to…