As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches and people race to buy the ‘perfect’ gift to convey their feelings, my thoughts turn to the true meaning of love. Throughout my 50+ years, I have been privileged to witness (and experience) this emotion many times. It is interesting to me, however, to note that the deepest and most … More A True and Lasting Love
My husband, Jim and I had both grown up in the country and were used to dogs and other animals. Once we met and married, we both knew that our little family wouldn’t be complete until we added pets of our own to the mix. During the early years, this mix included a couple of … More A ‘Good ole Puppy Dog’
The Simple Heart of Life herb shop (1486 Turkey Farm Road, Bluffs, Illinois), offers hands-on herbal workshops the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Our unique herbal projects are geared towards every skill level; from the beginner to the herbal expert. If interested in participating in a workshop, please post a message below, call … More Our Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule Herbal Favorites
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” … More The Force of Love
“Unmarked days pass so quickly, but periods of ritual give them a longer meaning and life.” -Adelma Simmons Christmas is quickly approaching and the hustle and bustle of these last few days can be overwhelming. Most folks are attempting to squeeze one more errand into each day. Some may be attempting to obtain one more … More Christmas Comfort
Quick question. Which would you rather receive for Christmas, a gift quickly grabbed off of the shelf from Wal-Mart (or other store) or a homespun gift that represents a lot of thought and love? During these last few weeks before Christmas, we cannot look at a newspaper, the television or even the internet without seeing … More Homespun vs. Wal-Mart
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and loved ones will soon be seated around the table enjoying turkey and dressing, fixings and dessert. This time of the year is traditionally a time when folks stop to give thanks for their many blessings. It is a tradition that is well-worth carrying on and teaching to our younger generation. … More What Are You Thankful For?
Don’t let the sacrifice of our loved ones be forgotten. The United States is still THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH. … More A Heartfelt Thanks!
When my nieces were younger, they used to love to play hide and seek. As a doting aunt, I frequently spent time with them playing their favorite games. To this day, I can vividly remember them saying, “Let’s play seek and find, Aunt Penny.” With Halloween quickly approaching, and the little ghosts and goblins set … More Seek and Find
“Jack Frost was in the garden, I saw him there at dawn. He was dancing round the bushes and prancing on the lawn.” -John P. Smeeton After a cold, crisp October night that heralded temperatures into the upper 30’s, (without frost, so far 🙂 I decided it might be a good time to share tips … More Are You Ready for Winter?