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a May visit to the State Arboretum of Virginia...
Yes, this post is a tad late. In May, we drove to
Maryland for the annual Sheep & Wool Festival.  My daughter and I
spent a drizzly day walking, eating, caressing all the wool, and making
friends with so many sheepses!  It was such a treat! On the way ba...

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bees, bees, bees under February trees...
Virginia is a bit confused.  Several days in February have been in the 70-degree range and a couple days even dipped a toe or two into the 80's.  Leaves are popping out everywhere; sources tell us leafing is about 3 weeks ahead of schedule this year.  Our f...

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walking in Old Salem...
Following medical procedures, the advice is to walk. To wake up the body after anesthesia. To get the gut moving again. To release (politely, of course) trapped air. To fill the lungs with oxygen and cough out any lingering yuck. Some walk the hospital hall...

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tiny moments...
The test comes back with something new.  Something you weren't expecting.  You pick up the phone to hear your doctor's voice, calling unexpectedly, using the word, "alarmed".  *deep breath* I could not have predicted this journey with FAP (familial adenom...

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mulberry muffins and memories...
Some friends... you know the ones... lift your spirits and make your heart happy.  They're the ones who surprise you with treasures that they just know you'll love.  You giggle with delight at the same things.  You learn and grow together with them.  (And t...

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traveling altars...
altar noun , often attributive al·tar \ˈȯl-tər\ a platform or table used as a center of worship in Christian ceremonies and services It's been a year.  Twelve months of appointments and medications and tests and procedures.   I live with layers of chronic ...

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the "truth in advertising" garden tour...
Often I and my gardening buddies will post stunning photos of our garden goodness... perfectly kept beds of always blooming flowers, mega-productive vegetables, and herbs worthy of a spread in bon appetit .   And we do, in fact, often have gardens (or at le...

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visiting the bees...
The time is drawing near!  The Spring nectar flow has come and gone, the busy bees have foraged and gathered and fanned and stored and capped tiny cups of sweet honey in the comb.  Very soon now we'll be taking just the surplus from the hives, leaving more ...

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Our first Pop-Up Shop at West Elm Virginia Beach on July 25!!!
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