TALES FROM OUR 44 ACRES

THE FIRST 100 TREES FOR OUR HOUSE

Today was an exciting day.  Doug and I cleared overgrown trails and created new ones for the past few days so that today we could walk our woods with Roald Gundersen of Whole Trees Architecture and Construction  and with  his assistant Della Hansmann, who is designing our house. We were […]

5 WAYS TO BEFRIEND FIREFLIES

I spent the evening of Independence Day sitting in front of my barn.  The sunset was a gift of deep color fanning out across the entire western sky.  The crescent moon set through narrow bands of cloud.  And then the real show began as the fireflies lifted off from grass […]

LIVING WITH WASPS

The absolutely most blood-curdling screams I have ever heard in my life occurred when my 8-year-old daughter and the neighbor kids annoyed some mud wasps.  I was outside the house and moving toward the cries before I even knew I was out of my chair. So, though I’ve never been […]

YOU NEED A MOONSTER LIST

Guest post by Doug Hansmann Denise and I are planning to break ground for our new house 16 moons from now. OK, I could have said we’ll start building on May 20, 2012.  It marks the end of the same time period. There is a seemingly endless list of details […]