Backyard Bliss: Losing my black thumb!


Calla Lily in bloom

My husband and I were not blessed with green thumbs. We’ve managed to kill no less than three rosemary plants, a fact that used to make plant nursery workers flinch when we’d try to explain just how bad we were at gardening. But here we are — years later — with plants that are not just still alive (!) but actually flourishing.

It’s a beautiful thing!

Things that make me happy: Lilacs in Bloom


I don’t think my lilac bush bloomed last year, so I was especially excited when I noticed all of these beautiful flowers a few weeks ago in my backyard. The smell is heavenly!

Maybe some lilac wine is in my near future!

Things that make me happy!


Seeing the first ladybug of spring!

I have had a thing for ladybugs ever since my college dorm room was infested with them sophomore year. It was such a weird thing to have happen but slowly, over a course of a few days, about 50 of them congregated in a corner of the room. It was fun for a couple of weeks, but finally I had to call maintenance to remove them because they were creeping me out. (I did make sure they weren’t harmed in the process.)

Even after all of that, I still get excited when I spot them in my garden. They are just irresistably cute!