Wkly Brief – A Mite Bit of Trouble

rodgersiaSeveral years ago, my husband and I moved to a new home. Over the months as we settled our furniture and explored our surroundings, we uncovered garden after garden, rich with lilies, hydrangea, yucca, and a personal favorite, ligularia dentata dark beauty (above).

But I’m not a gardener.  I was the child that ran screaming from spiders, who whined when weeding, and who sneezed at lilacs and peonies.

Now though, it is only me that stands between this:


and this:

IMG_0078and I have none of the knowledge or skills to protect these lovely gardens.

A visit from Melody of Rivet Landscaping will hopefully save my remaining plants. With the main clue being spider webs, Melody used a magnifying glass to show me the mites ransacking my garden. Apparently they have a liking for the plant shown above, which for the life of me I cannot name. They’re also making short work of some celosia I recently added, taking it down stalk by stalk.

Ladybugs, NH’s official state insect, are one method of fighting the mites. As we walked the yard, we found a ladybug on a weed, far from the troubled garden. She (or he) was relocated to the besieged area.  The other solution is Neem Oil, which you can learn about at many online sites.

I’ll be trying both and will let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, can anybody out there tell me the name of the plant?

By the way, for my regular readers…it’s great to be back!







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Wkly Brief – Twitter Authors 05-2015

DestinyCongratulations to New Hampshire author, Carl Howe Hansen on the release of Destiny, which combines sailing, romance, and sibling rivalry into a global intrigue novel.  This month, in addition to reading Destiny, I have selected The In-Between Hour by Twitter follower Barbara Claypole White.  Ms. White explores themes of Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day Reflection – The Pietà


The Pietà, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1498-1499)

Today I had the privilege of seeing my great-nephew receive his First Communion. At the end of the Mass, the priest blessed the mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, single mothers, would-be mothers, mothers of lost sons and daughters. Then, he invited us outside into a glorious blue day to participate in the crowning of Mary.

I thought, how fitting that we honor the Mother of God on Mother’s Day.  This woman, who watched her Son’s ministry, and ultimately His death and resurrection, is an example of strength and courage in the face of adversity.

Being a mother is a beautiful gift, and yet when you love so fully, there will be pain. I’m grateful that I have this wonderful example of motherhood to guide my days.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wkly Brief – Gratitude Grappling Hooks

NHLHofF2Fifteen Minutes, I said to my husband. We’re at the dinner table, and I’m pushing my food around in circles. I’ll write for fifteen minutes.

He says, It’ll be easier tonight. I won’t be home to distract you.  He scoops some orange macaroni and cheese onto my plate, and I take a bite. It’s a small bite, but it’s a start.

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Wkly Brief – Book Review: Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery


It takes courage for a parent to tell the story of her adult child’s struggle with mental illness and his confusing, heart-rending path to recovery. In Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, Janet Singer shares her son’s battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), from its onset during his freshman year of college, through senior year when he graduated. This is a story of the strong, young man, but for me, it is also the journey of a mother who refused to give up hope. She fought for Continue reading

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