Saturday, May 25, 2013


I doing a garden this year! A REAL garden. Well, I hope it turns into a garden. Right now it is a plot of dirt, but that's more than I  have ever had. No, my backyard hasn't grown, it is still a  2 ft. square of artificial grass. But there is a community garden area down the street that just had a plot become available!

I know what some of you are thinking...the girl who can even kill plastic plants is going to grow a garden? I LOVE home-grown produce and flowers, so I am determined to get a green thumb someday and won't give up. I have had some small successes lately that helped me get the courage to take this on: my annual amaryllis grew beautifully 2 yrs. in a row, my 3 potted tomato plants last year yielded exactly 5 small tomatoes and I got some herbs to grow for about a month before they went moldy. Like I said, small successes. Be Nice!

The great thing about this garden plot? It is outside in a sunny area and has a drip line for watering.  I can't remember ever getting past the obstacles of consistent water and sun before... I guess that means I will have to worry about the more complicated issues of adequate mulch, compost, spacing, companion planting and weeding. Eek! Hopefully, mother nature will help me out a bit even if I get those things wrong.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I had an article published in the AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) quarterly newsletter!  They sent out a request for articles on the subject and I thought... hey, I could write on that!  I sent in my draft and they called me saying they got a lot of submissions for that topic but they liked mine the best!  It may not make sense to anyone not a diabetes educator but I thought it might be cool for you to see it in print. Now I have to come up with more content because I have been asked to speak on this subject at the annual Utah Diabetes Educator conference.  Anyway, this is just the beginning of seeing my name in print... just wait until my awesome news later this summer!