Wild Ones Seed Swap

I swear that this isn’t turning into an all-gardening, all-the-time blog, but I had to report on my very first seed swap, hosted by Wild Ones ~ Capital Region New York at Thacher State Park. Okay, first? Before I even made it to the seed swap, I found out yet another way I’d managed to … [Read more…]

Greening Our Yard

I am long overdue with an update about trying to get more native plants into our yard. I explained in the summer that we’d started our adventures with greening our yards by planting a strip of native plant seeds and skipping the early spring mowing, efforts that had some success as well as some drawbacks. … [Read more…]

DC Trip

Cute W had a conference in Washington, DC, and since I am an empty nester who works entirely online, I came along for the ride. We left on Thursday, my birthday, and arrived in time for a late birthday dinner at Baan Siam. I had made a careful study of the most highly recommended dishes … [Read more…]

A Cyber Gathering Spot

Over the years, I have many posts that are some of my favorites, but the single post that has brought in the oddest assortment of far-flung readers who are supremely grateful for finding Capital District Post is a post that doesn’t have anything to do with local happenings or being a mom. It’s this post … [Read more…]

Less Plastic

I’ve talked about various reusables before, but in the continuing quest to use less plastic, I have a couple more suggestions. First, this Tru Earth laundry detergent. Yes, I still use those balls, but I like a nice smell, too. These are little strips that look like teensy fabric softeners, but they actually dissolve into … [Read more…]

It’s Actually Pretty Good, Y’All

Lately, when I hear about some interesting event while researching for KidsOutAndAbout or scrolling through social media, I think, “Hey, that seems like something an empty nester would do.” Because that is what I am. So, what does an empty nester do? We saw Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, and others for the Outlaw Tour … [Read more…]

The Nest Is Empty

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. J was working feverishly to complete as much as she could of her college applications, studying Italian, and, of course, packing. All that packing stressed everybody out. The kitties, concerned that they’d be left behind, kept careful watch over the entire process. And then it was time to … [Read more…]

The Big News

I’ve been holding out on you. First, because we weren’t sure if it would actually happen, and then, because we’ve been so busy making it happen. And now, it’s about time I shared it, so I can believe that it’s actually happening. J is going to spend her senior year of high school in Italy. … [Read more…]

A New Front Patio

We have long pined for a front porch. We just love a walkable, friendly neighborhood, and the best way to take advantage of it is a wonderful front porch, and we don’t have it and frankly, obtaining one is not in the budget. Instead, this was the front of our house: Some previous owner really, … [Read more…]

More Catching Up: Prom and After-Prom

Back when I had that long-overdue update, I mentioned a whole slew of events that had happened, with vague suggestions that I might get around to adding details later. So here are some more details on prom weekend, because it was a little nutty. First, I ended up being on the PTO After-Prom Party planning … [Read more…]