New Opportunity: American Community Gardening Association Board Member

NatalieprtraitshotHi everyone,

I’ve got news.

I was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Community Gardening Association.

Their mission is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

It is my hope to work with others sharing our knowledge to create an ever stronger network of community gardens from coast to coast.  During my cross-country trips, I saw first hand how connecting people and linking our collective know-how helped with important issues such as food security and growing healthy organic produce following sound environmental practices.

There are great folks who are doing wonderful work in community gardens, improving quality of life with opportunities for better nutrition, recreation, exercise, job training, therapy and education.

Launching the Pitney Meadows community gardens was great.  In two short years we brought so many ideas to fruition. The gardens flourished. And while all we accomplished is great, getting to know the community was even greater.

You are a wonderful group and I am proud to have been part of the success from the butterfly garden, grandmother’s garden, the food donated to the pantries, the incredible growth, the adult and children education programs, the fairy festivals, the sunflowers and so much more.

I cherish the friendships created and couldn’t imagine not having you as part of my future. Let’s keep in touch as we continue this good work.

Natalie Walsh


I’ve made a commitment to go to the gym and get advice from a personal trainer.

The alarm rang this morning and I was up.  A little bleary, but up.

I arrived at the gym at 7 a.m., right on time for my appointment with Nick.  I went through the machines with him.  Listened while he explained things, jotted down notes and put together an exercise plan for me.

All went well.

On the way home I stopped to enjoy a cup of coffee. Perhaps I should have sooner because when I headed to the  shower I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. My shirt was on inside-out!

I couldn’t stop laughing.

The trainer never said anything about it, but surely he saw. A friend at the gym never said a word.

Note to Self: Maybe 7 a.m. is too early a gym time. Have coffee first.


A New Normal

August 3 – My sister was thrown from her horse and damaged both legs…the right was broken in three places, the left had ligaments torn. The short story is she is recovering and maneuvering the best she can from a wheelchair at her rural Vermont home.

When I heard of the accident, I dropped everything and went to help in the tending of sister and her farm, horses, dog, cat and chickens. I was there two weeks.

Days before I left for Vermont,  the memory care home where I have had my step-father on a waiting list called to say they had an opening as of September 1.

“Do you want the unit?” they asked.

I said, “yes” to the opportunity of having the elders of the family closer.

So after two weeks in Vermont, I came home and with a great deal of luck found Mom an apartment nearby and just this week we signed contracts and leases.

There’s still the actual move for her but he is moved and content in his new surroundings. This comforts her.

The last few days we settled him in, arranged an”establish care” visit at the doctors, filled in a lot of forms and signed a lot of papers.

While this was going on, my offspring moved to California to start a new job. Husband and I helped with the move on the weekend.

So you can see why I haven’t been writing the blog.

Moving is exhausting.

Care-taking is exhausting, too.

Yesterday, Mom flew home to close things up there and

I turned my attention back to my life and had a session with a personal trainer.

This morning I worked out. It felt good.

My list of things to do today include prepping for a photo shoot of all white objects on Monday. I know I have a white pitcher, vintage white crochet gloves, a lace tablecloth.  I’ll see what else I can find to add to the still life meant to teach the best lighting techniques for all neutral subjects.

Then I want to purchase and prep a canvas for the sunflower painting. Update: did this. It is getting increasingly difficult to find a good canvas without knots, bad weaves or flaws. If anyone has a good source, please let me know.

Next, I need to select and photoshop a group of photos for a client.

And, write a summary of the garden program.

Finally, I hope to hem three pair of pants.

It may not sound exciting to anyone else, but these tasks sure sound good to me.