Mulled Apple Cider

Ingredients collected, I turn on the stove. I pour in a generous amount of the dark, sweet liquid into a small saucepan. I toss in a few shaved orange and lemon peels. I add a cinnamon stick and a couple of shakes of cloves and allspice. The mixture heats to a soft boil. I adjust…

Point and Shoot

I rummage in the shed until I find the lawn & leaf bags. I step over the weed whacker and gas can and go back to the pile of leaves my husband created. While he edges a flower bed, I focus on bagging up the leaves. I unfold the funneled cardboard guide that fits into…

Taking a Break

I push open the storm door. Ulysses follows me down the stairs until we reach the grass and he bolts past me to play in the yard. His terrier legs stretch and bend as he runs laps around trees and alongside the new pine fence. None of his doggie neighbors appear so he starts to…