Food Swap – First item up for auction…

Nectarine Preserves 2Nectarine (from my garden) Vanilla Bean preserves.  I swear, if there is a heaven, it smells like Nectarine Vanilla Bean preserves cooking on the stove. My original recipe can be found here.

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Tending my neglected Buddha, by degrees

Tending Buddha

I begin by pulling wild weeds and raking fallen leaves. I whisk a winter’s-full of caked loam from stone steps. The dirt provides my manicure and the sun warms and massages my stiff back.  A deep breath, the first in many months, hands me softly-scented sweet air.  My mind shifts. I step back from task complete, into stillness and contentment.