Bottle or Bucket?

Baby Luna came to us on the full moon, thus the name. I’ll admit, I’d been thinking about getting a milk cow, but note that thinking about something and actually doing it are totally different.


High Summer

Summer is here, and although the pace of life at Three Graces Farm might be a bit slower than elsewhere, that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. Here are some highlights.

The Peonies Have Popped

On Leaving

It’s just a short trip, but lately it’s always the same. Leaving to go anywhere gets me feeling all mournful and elegiac, and right now when the garden is just beginning to leap, it’s especially hard to pull away. Everything is so lush and green, the peas are finally starting to blossom, and my peonies… 

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A Pea Seedling--Silent Sermon

Contemplations on a Pea

This is a sprouted pea. A few days ago, it was a perfectly whole fine pea that was, in itself, all that it needed to be. Everything was going just fine in its pea sized life. Then something happened.


Easter Basket Bliss–Naturally Dyed Eggs, Sourdough Challah, Hot Cross Buns, and Blooms!

It all started when our friends asked if I would make some sourdough for the Easter gathering at their home, but then I caught a fever—spring fever!   This is not an illness, it’s actually a wellness, which means


The Chicken Who Went to Church

My little hen, Marbella, had an unusual morning. Instead of waking up to run out of the coop and waddle around in the mud all day, she was whisked out of the pen, placed in a carrier, put in the car and taken to Sunday School to mingle with a dozen or so six to… 

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The Best Medicine

Everybody knows the expression, but far too few appreciate its truth. No one would argue that laughter is a good thing, but what I learned at the Laugha Yoga Leader Certification, held at the Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia this past weekend was just how good a thing it really is.  What has long… 

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Rita, the horse

Goodbye, Rita

The two horses Rita and Shiton came with the farm. They’d been living here for quite a while when we arrived, and didn’t have anywhere else to go, so we were happy to let them stay.


My Brother, the Captain

We were so grateful to be present for the ceremony in Knoxville, TN  celebrating my brother’s retirement from the US Navy Reserve. Capt. Jefferey R. Jernigan served as an anesthesiologist in the Medical Corps for over twenty years, and served six months of active duty in Iraq in 2007.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A Marriage

I called my parents this morning to wish them congratulations on their anniversary. “Do you think the marriage will last?” my dad said. Mom just laughed. Apparently, having a sense of humor is one of the reasons it has lasted, SIXTY-THREE  years, to be exact.

Cat, Cozy Cat, Cat in front of the Fireplace, My Home Office on a Winter Day

Mind Games–A Funny Story

It’s a cold winter day and for some reason I was thinking about peanut brittle. Makes sense, right? Anyway, it reminded me of something that happened years ago that’s a fun story to tell– and it really is true. It was when the children were little, back before everybody carried a cell phone everywhere. So… 

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