Kauai, Hawaii’s “garden isle,” boasts natural wonders like few have ever seen – dramatic cliffs, gaping chasms, and a mountaintop crater that is the rainiest place in the world. Kauai’s lush forests and valleys hold rare plant species found nowhere else on the planet. And wildlife abounds.
Okay, nature lovers, don’t get too excited… Continue reading
Happy New Year!
I’m a little late in extending my holiday greetings this year. After a particularly tough year, I decided to escape the holidays entirely and recharge my spirit with a tropical vacation. But I’m home now and ready to kick butt in 2017.
But first a look back to 2016… Continue reading
It’s wildfire season in many areas of the country.
Have you seen the devastating images on the web or on the news? The ones of burning wilderness, smoldering homes, and injured animals?
Counting My Chickens hit the road last month for an eight-state western adventure. Our travels took us to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks… Continue reading
Discover the Forest
The ninth annual National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 11. While those of you who garden – like me – likely spend a lot of time outdoors already, National Get Outdoors Day is a great excuse to get out of the garden and go explore the world –… Continue reading
The topic of today’s blog post has nothing to do with chickens or gardening. Let’s face it, it’s January in Iowa and there’s nothing much going on outside. Instead, I am writing about a fun winter diversion that all of you foodies and slightly-competitive home cooks out there… Continue reading
A tribute to my mom
2015 was a year of highs and lows, the lowest of lows coming the day after Christmas when my mother passed away following a long battle with breast cancer. Mom was the woman who taught me my love of gardening, cooking, crafting, and birds (although not necessarily chickens, of which she had enough as a young girl helping to care for her own mother’s flock)… Continue reading
“Who Does She Think She Is” by Jacqui Fehl
Counting My Chickens turned one year old today and, in light of this momentous occasion, I think it’s high time I faced the facts.
I’m a crazy chicken lady.
There, I… Continue reading
“All of the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.” Geoff Lawton, permaculturist
When Rochelle Greayer flashed that quote across the big screen in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, I felt a surge of emotion rising from my chest. I looked around me, surreptitiously dabbed… Continue reading
There’s not much going on around the old suburban homestead in January. With the chickens on strike (no eggs since before Thanksgiving), the garden buried under a blanket of snow, and wind chills hovering in negative double-digits, it was time last week for a trip to my favorite island paradise, Key… Continue reading
I launched Counting My Chickens on July 24, just over 5 months ago, and as 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to review what I’ve accomplished so far and to plan for the year ahead. And that’s the subject of today’s blog post.
As far as what I’ve accomplished, while my original plans for posting… Continue reading