We are in the middle of building a sandbag levee, evacuating our house, and trying to move out everything in 24 hours. The Missouri river is flooding our house and they expect the water to remain high all summer. We live far outside of the 100 year flood plain and never thought this could happen to us. My parents who live nearby are in the same situation. It is too horrible for words. I will post an update once we get through this craziness and come out the other side. Please keep everyone along the Missouri in your thoughts and prayers.


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The annual start of the local Farmer’s Market is a source of much anticipation and excitement in our house. By the time late May rolls around it feels like an eternity since I last tasted freshly grown lettuce or experienced the joy of a ripe tomato. While I’m still waiting for the tomatoes, our market has an abundance of cold weather greens and lettuces.




When new leaves appear on Cottonwood trees the underside of each leaf is a bright silvery green. Watching the leaves shake in the wind makes me wish I could capture the color and motion and turn it into a chandelier!


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Spring in the Midwest is a fickle beast. At one moment the weather is warm and soft drawing you outside with enthusiasm. Things can even heat up with 90 degree temperatures causing you to unearth your flip flops and clean off the grill. Then the next day Spring will turn a cold shoulder with biting wind and temperatures that come dangerously close to allowing the rain to freeze on your windshield. This yo-yo behavior can make meal planning a real challenge. Soup either sounds like a crazy idea when the air conditioning threatens to kick on or like a brilliant idea when you are reaching for another sweater.




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