Readers, first of all, thank you for taking even a remote interest in the relatively hum-drum goings-on in my life. I mean, it's not like I'm writing about living in an exotic locale, like my brother Rick (see his blog, which includes stories of living in American Samoa: Across the Universe), but writing these vignettes about gardening, traveling, and life in general has already been rewarding, and I'm thrilled that many of you have responded so positively! I want to point out that I have added two new "pages" to my blog over the weekend. Pages are permanent entries that won't be included in my long, scrolling regular blog; I intend to keep adding material to them over time. Please take a look under the "Pages" header on the right. One is on my craft of beading/jewelry-making; the other is on the wildlife (birds, especially, but other critters too) that we've observed in our yard. I'll be back in a day or so with my next installment of our gardening escapades!