• Toast

    My children don’t eat toast, and please don’t go off and tell me that I have to offer it to them 15 times before they will stop turning their noses away. This theory of what ever it’s called when you offer a kid spinach fifteen times. I know there’s a name for that like aversion therapy, no, …

  • Half Way Home

     I might have figured it on Thanksgiving Day that it was going to be a long winter. Here on our yearly trek to the bird refuge in Point Pelee, Ontario, winter had already arrived. This ice and snow was a first for us on that most thankful of days where we run away from turkey …

  • Five Things That Happen When You Become a Suburbanite

    1. Someone at work who knows you have moved out to the suburbs says you dance like your mutual supervisor. Your supervisor is fifteen years older than you and does a twitchy dance in an A-line wool plaid skirt at the office Holiday party. She also allows herself to be doused in tinsel, and when …

  • Ferndale Patch Blog Lives Again

    Happy New Year from Musical Farming Foodie So here’s the update. Sometime in July, I hand-pollinated my little tree orchard with a paintbrush and a bottle cap full of captured pollen. I staked the baby orchard, planted marigolds and mint, then discovered that in spite of having a fire hydrant in my front yard, various …