Karen Shanley


How to Select Garlic Cloves for Planting

garlic clovesIt’s that time of year again.  Around the 1st or 2nd week of October, I plant my garlic. But how do you know which bulbs you should save for your seed cloves? And then how do you know which cloves from those bulbs to plant? It’s easy, once you know what to look for.

Let’s get started!

What you’re looking for are your largest, firmest, roundest bulbs. Sure, save a few to give away as gifts, if you have some garlic-loving friends. But make sure you keep enough for yourself to get your seed cloves.

Now, gently break your bulbs apart to protect  the clove wrapper. Then, here’s what you’re looking for, for seed cloves: Continue reading


In Case You Missed It–Blood Moon Eclipse

Last night, I had a front row seat for a spectacular display, where three separate lunar events converged— the first of its kind since 1982, and the last we’ll see until 2033. The total eclipse coincided with the full moon nearest the fall equinox, known as the Harvest Moon. And the moon was at its closest approach to Earth for the year, making it also a supermoon or perigee moon. The ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse gets its name from the reddish hue the moon takes as Earth’s shadow passes over it. The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon is full at the closest part of its orbit around Earth so that it appears to be much larger in the sky.

Truly a sight to behold…


Since Cait and I have watched many a star-gazing event together, we weren’t gonna miss sharing this. We zeroed out the hundreds of miles between us and watched together by phone.

Foreseeing Another Kind of Jam in My Future

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Traffic Jam in the Country

Lots of animal families live on our little corner of the wild kingdom. This family of wild turkeys is the most recent to take up residence. I find them particularly interesting in light of my recent viewing of PBS’ My Life as a Turkey.

When they’re all together, there’s quite a traffic jam as they try to make it from one end of the property to the other. That is until our traffic cops tell them to move it along!

Australian Shepherd Lab Mix—Good Idea?

aussie-lab-mixSeems there are a LOT of Aussie mixes out there that people have questions about. After helping a friend evaluate an Australian Shepherd Rottweiler mix, I’ve been getting a ton of mail asking what I thought of an Australian Shepherd Lab  mix.

This one is a lot easier to answer! If you have the time and space to exercise a high energy dog–this may just be the perfect combo. There are just a couple of things to be mindful of. Continue reading

Next Wave of Story Telling?

Having spent years both writing books and building websites, I’m always thinking about what goes into making a killer website, and how to tell a gripping story. When I came across this site, I wondered if this is story telling 2.0.

 The BoatAs someone who has a strong foothold in both the no tech and high tech worlds, the high tech part of me thinks this is uber cool. The no tech part of me just wants to read a book with nothing more than a bunch of words on the page, and let my imagination do the rest.

I’d be interested to hear your reactions.

Time to Figure it Out


Graidy went to visit friends the other day and had a great ol’ time! Actually, this is just a Graidy look-alike. When a friend sent this photo, I had to do a double-take.

Since we got Graidy from a wonderful Border Collie rescue place, we’ve always wondered what he was mixed with. While he certainly had the high energy of a Border Collie, he had zero herding Continue reading

I Got Hooked! Totally, Alice Down the Rabbit Hole–

What do you get when you combine a history buff with a family history buff…?

I knew this would be very dangerous for me, but I did it anyway. And now I don’t want to do anything else! I’m totally hooked.

The answer to the two buff question?

For the first time in months, I caught a break in my work load. So what do I do? Continue reading

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