• Gardening,  The Garden Path Podcast

    Introducing The Garden Path Podcast

    Back in October I began flirting around with the idea of starting a podcast. The problem was that I had no idea how to even go about it! A little bit of reading online and an audio program download later, I was on my way to starting a podcast. I knew I wanted to start a gardening podcast because it seems like all of the ones I used to listen to have fallen by the wayside. I may not be an expert in gardening but most gardeners are not experts, just life long learners. So here I am, debuting this little podcast of mine. My goal with it is to…

  • Thoughts

    Currently: Late November

    +In My Head I need to get back on the workout wagon this coming month. November ended up being a wash since I spent so much of it with vertigo. I still have the vertigo but it seems to be mostly when I’m laying down or when I’m dealing with a lot of action in front of me that has me needing to try to absorb and focus on a lot of things. We went to Moody Gardens aquarium in Galveston over the weekend and some of their tanks had me reeling. Christmas is around the corner and I am still in awe that we’ve come a full year from…

  • Family


    Typically Chris and I like to do something ‘different’ for Thanksgiving each year. It was something we started when we lived in Florida and had to decide about going home during the holidays. After the first year or two we didn’t really go back to Texas all that often, mostly because it wasn’t in our budget to do so. Because four days off at one time is a precious commodity, we usually took advantage of the days to go camping somewhere. I wrote up our Ghosts of Thanksgivings Past back in 2010 when we were stuck in deep East Texas doing field work for Thanksgiving. We worked that day and…

  • Family

    Family Photos

    A few weekends ago we got outside to take some family photos for our upcoming Christmas card. Here’s a few of my favorites from that day. Sometime I would like to hire someone because I’m just not going to be able to take some of the shots with the three of us that I want with a camera on a tripod.

  • Baby Teddy,  Family

    The Weaning Process: Part I

    I started this in early November in hopes of chronicling this weaning journey. Here’s the progress so far. Now that I’m 14 months into this breastfeeding journey with Forest I knew that at some point in time there would be a slow process of weaning. When he turned a year old I opted to drop from pumping four times a day to three. Now I am down to twice a day. This has taken a natural progression over the last two months in an uptake in Forest’s eating of solid food as well as stretching out his nursing sessions with me due to his increased activity around the house—‘No time…

  • Hiking,  Outdoors,  Texas,  Travel & Places

    The Wildlife and Island Trails | Martin Dies State Park

    On the Sunday of our camping trip several weekends ago we went over to the Walnut Ridge unit of the park to hike for the morning. We merged these two trails together to create a longer loop. There was no one on the Wildlife Trail while we were on it but a few people were starting to explore the Island Trail just as we were leaving. It was definitely a quiet loop to do. The one annoying thing about the trails in this park is that they include the mileage along the roads to get back to the trailhead of origin for their loops, which we thought was weird. There’s…