Hear me. I cannot see myself becoming an expert gardener. I laughed off the completely ridiculous notion of Master Gardener. However, I will try, try, try again. I also vow to expand my garden interests, experiment with different varieties and learn, learn, learn. This year, one of the newcomers is the pink bumble bee tomato from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. My mom says the unripe cherry tomato looks like a watermelon. My mom is correct. A teeny, tiny, little, cute-as-can-be watermelon. One of the “we’ll just see what happens” ideas I had this year was to allow vegetables and flowers to hangout in the same garden. So far, so good. I have several hard-working, there-each-morning worker bees, pollinating this and that. Finally. It took time for the bees to show up, but I am thankful they are here. // Julie Johnson
And so as the story goes, it was in September of 2020 that we celebrated a positive pregnancy test. it was only a few weeks later I had to tell my husband I was miscarrying.Brenda Lei Casey
PAWTNERS IN CRIME by Tara Hathcock Molly and Chet loved family walks. Even in old age, as Chet lost eyesight and Molly lost patience, they were always up for a walk. Perish the thought of strapping on your sneakers and slamming out the door without heading for the woods. Lucky is the family whose dog loves them more than life; we were blessed with two. No matter that Molly was grumpy and short-tempered, chasing Chet and snarling at his happy-go-lucky ways, or that Chet never met a tree he couldn’t bowl over, they were two old peas in a pod and they raised us well.
The pickles are fried in tempura batter because it’s so light and crispy, and frankly I just enjoy it. If you do not keep the batter cold, the pickles will become saturated with oil while […]
Curiosity is a very curious thing. It can be fun or annoying, innovative or creative, a natural instinct or a practiced skill. No matter how you look at it, curiosity and the desire […]
THIS was the moment when I decided I was done settling in life and was going to begin choosing my own path.Heather Zoromski
I have not been successful in identifying this insect. The flower, on the other hand, is a strawberry blonde calendula. Seeds were purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Flowers are mixed in with both the flower garden and vegetable garden. Bees like them, but so do green worms. The plants do not seem to do well in super hot weather. Or, it could just be my plants.
For some time, I had been watching with anticipation a large lipstick pepper turn from green to red. Within a few days of full color, all that was left in its space on the plant […]
Army. Air Force. Coast Guard. Veterans are my blood. When I was little, my brother and I played the best made-up game: Killer Bees. We were willing participants, always on board. We were the ones […]
Helping my community fulfills a greater purpose.Kesta Smith
The mission of Bashioum Wood Builds is to provide quality, handmade furniture at an affordable price to Southwest Missouri. interview JULIE JOHNSONphotographs courtesy of BASHIOUM WOOD BUILDS His grandfather was a builder: of imaginations, of […]
Dogwood RanchOzark, Missouri Volunteers at Dogwood Ranch each have their own journey that brings them to this special place. I just so happened to stumble upon mine. In December 2019, I was preparing to move […]
It was fun to see a small act of compassion spread.Renie McClay
At the heart of every Christian lives a call to action. This call is often inconvenient. It typically costs and doesn’t always come easy, even as one who calls themselves an image bearer of Christ. […]
Convoy of Hope Springfield, Missouri Early on in my life, my parents instilled the value of doing something for nothing. They taught me there was something to be earned in your soul from giving your […]