If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Coloring magic

Posted: August 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Artwork, Books, Magic | Comments Off on Coloring magic

Johanna BasfordPhoto found at The Daily Mail

Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford creates coloring books that take a little more time and effort to keep the color inside the lines. Complicated and beautiful, her coloring-book drawings include a special ingredient.


Just look at these images from The Enchanted Forest, and you’ll have to agree!

The Enchanted ForestThe Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

Now get a copy of The Enchanted Forest for yourself, and break out the color pencils!

Important definitions

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Definitions, Education | Comments Off on Important definitions

Important definitions

Trees housed

Posted: August 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Home, Nature, Trees | Comments Off on Trees housed

Hey, want to build a house? Or a playground? WELL, THIS TREE WAS HERE FIRST, so you’d better build around it! It’s only polite.

Tree here first!Photo found at BoredPanda

Tree was here first!Photo: Smartforever

Tree was here first!Photo: Tezuka Architects

Living with a tree sounds swell to me. They’re always good company. And great listeners!

Cat confessions

Posted: July 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Cats, Confessions, Photography | Comments Off on Cat confessions

Hello, kitty! What have you been up to? Oh. I see.


Photo found at imgur.com


Kitty confession

Photo: imgur.com



Photo: imgur.com


Well, let’s hope making a full confession will ease your conscience, cats!

Happy Floral Fourth of July!

Posted: July 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Fireworks, Flowers, Holidays | Comments Off on Happy Floral Fourth of July!


What is that? The sound of fireworks! I love the flash and color of a pyrotechnic display. But last year I witnessed the unhappy effect of all the noise and fuss on the sensitive ears of my brother’s poor dog. Dugan was practically catatonic with fear and dread. Most dogs (and some humans) agree: noise-wise, fireworks are a drag.

Luckily, there’s another kind of fireworks. Quiet, quiet varieties. And they can be found right in your own garden. This marigold, for instance, gives any Fourth firework a run for its splendor.

Marigold fireworks!

And this Pink Ice cluster certainly pops without a bang.

Pink Ice fireworks!

A Gerbera daisy finale is a spectacular sight to behold.

Gerbera daisy fireworks!

So, if you want to give your ears a break (and your doggy’s, too) this year, grab some scissors, head out into the garden, and bring the fireworks indoors this year. Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Floral fireworks!

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Cake, Dads, Holidays | Comments Off on Happy Father’s Day!

Another Father’s Day, another tie for Dad. He does like ties. But this year why not give him one as sweet as he is?

In other words, give Dad a tie cake this Father’s Day!

Tie cakeYes, Dad can eat this tie. Image and step-by-step instructions on how to make this cake found here.

Don’t forget the ice-cream cake option. Dad will thank you either way, and I’m sure he’ll share a slice or two. Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Love you.

Ice-cream tie cakeDad can eat this tie, too. But he might get a brain freeze. Image (and ice-cream cake by): Carvel.

Gnome home

Posted: June 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Cleverness, Fun, Home | Comments Off on Gnome home

Tree stumps.

They’re everywhere.

And they always look a little sad and forlorn.

Tree stumps look forlorn!

Luckily, gnomes (and fairies, to be fair) are always in need of housing. And there’s nothing they like better than to move into one of these babies. With planning, imagination, and spare time for fun, anyone can transform a sad-looking tree stump into an inviting home for wee members of the magical realm.

Gnome home(This excellent gnome home found here)

Gnome home(This roomier gnome mansion found here)

Whether or not a gnome (or fairy, to be fair) chooses to move into one of these fantastic creations, I would much rather see a gnome home than a forlorn stump, so I’d better get building. For tips on how to build a gnome home, there is no better resource than Jennifer Pilcher. She will break it down for you with pictures of homes so charming you will want to send the gnomes packing and move in yourself!

Sloths welcome here

Posted: May 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Nature | Comments Off on Sloths welcome here

Sloth crossing sign in Costa Rica

Sloth-crossing signs are a familiar sight in Costa Rica, where the slow-moving creatures abound. Injured and orphaned sloths have found tender loving care at the Sloth Sanctuary, run by Judy Avey-Arroyo, Luis Arroyo, and their family.

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Since 1992, the Sloth Sanctuary has rescued more than 500 sloths, treating and releasing as many as it can and providing a permanent home for those unable to survive in the wild due to disability or other issues.

And what to the sloths have to say about that?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Holidays, Moms | Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day!

Remember, no matter what your brothers and sister say, YOU ARE HER FAVORITE. Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

Happy Mother's Day

Good advice!

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Advice, Cartoons, Dogs | Comments Off on Good advice!

Good advice!