The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making


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I’m in Love

I’m in love with sunshine, bird song, Spring, my husband, my little cabana (Cedar Kottage), paints, shells, sand, soil, plants, flowers, the air, Cedar Key and more … so much more!

I can’t believe it is mid-February already, and remember not so long ago when I felt encapsulated in time in a dark, dusty house (that seems so expansively large to me now), pinging from window to window like some lost particle in space pondering how anything could endure such a dreadful, void season. I never dreamed (or even wanted just a little bit) of a Florida migration. I never dreamed I would love Florida. But who wouldn’t love the meaning of the word, “flowery Easter?” Things change.

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Making Way for the New Year

I feel like I’ve been absent. I suppose I have been distracted by all the happenings and buildings of things I hope to accomplish in the New Year … but here I am now.

Something I have been contemplating for awhile, I finally ended so I can make more room for things that matter to me. I have deactivated my Facebook account! I am tired of living through social media, stating my whereabouts, and what I’m cooking or eating for dinner and who with, and regurgitating quotes about how to live a meaningful life, or heaven forbid, ascertaining political views.

I want to live through my art and garden in the here and now, in real life and time. I want to be a participant in my own life not a narrator. I no longer view my life through a screened device.

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The Spirit of Christmas

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This is our 5th year visiting Cedar Key and although it feels like home to me, that’s five years I haven’t spent Christmas with my immediate family. This year it caught up to me — I have nostalgia and I want “Christmas.” This may be unknown to you, but it certainly isn’t a secret, my husband — whom I love dearly — is a scrooge. I don’t mean just a “bah humbug” kind of scrooge, but a if-I-could-I-would-CANCEL-Christmas scrooge!

No matter I am taking Christmas by the antlers!

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