Category Archives: Montclair NJ

Gardening: What IS the Gardener’s Reward?

My Dad was a vegetable gardener. My Mom was an herb gardener. And Me? I am a little-bit-of-everything gardener. Relatives on both sides of my family were (and are) farmers, so you could say that in my urban-suburban yard that I … Continue reading

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DIY Reupholstering an Ottoman: It’s Usually Something

One do-it-yourself (DIY) project I haven’t tackled since college (and that college chair was, well, pretty ugly by the time I was done) is reupholstering. I saw a sweet (but beat up) ottoman at Goodwill. I paid $5 for it and brought … Continue reading

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Gardening: Roses to Rock Gardens 2015

One of my favorite annual May in Montclair events — Roses to Rock Gardens — is organized by the Van Vleck House & Gardens to support the upkeep of its historic property and programs here in Montclair, NJ. This year, I toured with my … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: High School Prom

It’s time for high school Prom. Three years ago our daughter Tory and her three besties were prepping for their big night. The process sure was different from mine back in the day. Tory wanted a prom dress that was … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse: To Heat or Not To Heat. That’s Always the Question

A few years ago I convinced my husband Mike to buy and assemble a 6’x8′ greenhouse … I presented him with a couple of super logical reasons why the idea was a good one: (1) I would save money by overwintering the kind-of-expensive summer tender tropical … Continue reading

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Plant Yourself Where You Want to Bloom or Bloom Where You’re Planted ?

Every morning I unlock the back door and step out onto my small back porch, walk down four steps onto a cobbled sidewalk and into my backyard garden. I planned and planted the majority of the garden while my Dad was still alive. I talked to him about my … Continue reading

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Roses to Rock Gardens: Spring in Montclair NJ

My husband Mike and I have lived in Montclair, N.J. since the mid-1980s. We think our town has some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern New Jersey. We have an active Garden Club, many resident members of  the Essex … Continue reading

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Food and Water: What Every Body Needs

My electric teakettle sits under the double window that looks out on the bird feeder and bird bath in my side yard. Yes, I am one of those people. I feed the birds and give them fresh water. Year round. … Continue reading

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Birds, Birdfeeders and Snow

It started in the morning, about 3 hours before it was anticipated. The fat flakes fell all through the day and into the night. The snow piled up against our front door. The wind blew more snow against our back … Continue reading

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“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” And Neither Will I

French women don’t get facelifts and neither will I. Yes, I’m in my mid-50s and some of my “stuff” is starting to sag and bag. Mostly my skin:  on my neck, on the backs of my hands, and (Lord, why?) … Continue reading

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