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Hellebore, or Lenten rose

These early bloomers begin to brighten up our winter garden by the beginning of February and bloom til summer heat begins. I love to see them when I've begun to experience the winter doldrums!

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Just do it.

It's now been 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis, and there is no evidence of recurrence. Had it not been for a screening mammogram, it might well have advanced; the lesion was far back near the chest wall and not palpable. Please, ladies, don't neglect routine cancer screening such as Pap smears, mammograms, and colonoscopies. And visit The Breast Cancer Site - your daily click will help pay for mammograms for folks who might not otherwise be able to afford them!

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A few shots from years past. It seems, however, that the population of bees and butterflies has plummeted over the course of the last few years. We plant to attract them, but have far fewer visitors. Have you noticed this as well?


A bit of blown glass

It's hard to tell, but this is a blown glass model of a human heart, complete with aorta, superior vena cava, etc...

Homemade pasta - easy and fun!

I don't typically advertise for products on my blog, but there's no way to share these photos without mentioning the tool that made it possible: Kitchen Aid's stand mixer with their pasta roller and cutter attachment. There's a basic recipe with the instructions - just flour, eggs, a wee bit of salt, and a tad of water - and I was able to make some yummy fresh pasta in less than an hour.