Summer Herbs & Flowers

The picture is proof that this blogger is alive and well after a two-month sabbatical from posting.  Recovery from the event of our daughter’s wedding took longer than I expected.  But I’m relatively back to normal.  I’m holding two bouquets of summer herbs and flowers in the picture, proof that I am still gardening and allowing my creative side to manifest itself.

Notice that even after divesting myself of a great deal of cottage clutter after retirement, my sitting room is still filled with little keepsakes:  my evening bag collection, family photographs, artwork, and depression glass.  I’ve come to accept that the clutter of visible memories reflects both my interests and my age…and I’m O.K. with that.   Normal is good.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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