Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Marching into Spring

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Marching into Spring

ROCKWALL, TX (March 3, 2023) It’s getting on towards March and I feel myself coming back to life. I become slumpy in the second month of the year. Projects set aside for winter months are drudgery in February. Photo albums are stacked in the guest room, archival boxes stacked alongside, waiting for me. I am more […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: That’s For The Birds

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: That’s For The Birds

ROCKWALL, TX (Feb. 2, 2023) I don’t like birds really. Rephrase – I have an aversion to parakeets and other birds in cages, those that squawk and shriek, especially those pets loose and flying around indoors. Feathered creatures outdoors are the birds that I have come to enjoy. We did some casual birdwatching in The […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Bow Ties and Such

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Bow Ties and Such

ROCKWALL, TX (Dec. 28, 2022) I woke early and instead of snuggling back in till daylight, I got up; the anticipated aroma of a cup of coffee and thoughts of the first sip tickling my brain.  I am sitting in the quiet now, with a crimson throw at my feet, absorbing the Christmas tree glow.  […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Comfort and Joy

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Comfort and Joy

ROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 30, 2022) We are rolling into the holidays. The garden is quiet. All has been tucked in for the long winter’s nap. Birds are still in and out of the yard at the feeders, in the holly trees, and I try to keep the birdbath filled. Small potted pines that summered over […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Painted Stones

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Painted Stones

ROCKWALL, TX (Oct. 27, 2022) On a sunny morning recently, I wound my way up the road to my grandson’s school.  Something I greatly relish about living where we do, is we are just right over the next bump to the country. While suburbia encroaches, and I know some resent it terribly, I am grateful […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Early October

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Early October

ROCKWALL, TX (Oct. 13, 2022) We are in the glory days. The days of autumn, so eagerly awaited.  Everything perks up around us. The mornings dawn cool and crisp. The sun creeps up at a new angle, the garden is shaded longer before the golden orb travels across and warms the blooms.  Afternoons are toasty, […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Texas September

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Texas September

ROCKWALL, TX (Sept. 8, 2022) Odes to September are plentiful, the season our souls awaken, our hearts begin to warm.  In September the mildness of the morning begins to linger longer, and I tend to linger longer over my coffee.  Evenings, while not yet cool, allow more grace to be out in the garden, than […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Butterflies and Malaise

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Butterflies and Malaise

ROCKWALL, TX (Aug. 18, 2022) I was under the weather this past week, on the mend now and enjoying coffee outside in the mild early morning, with Bob Kilgore, our big black and white kitty. This malaise leaves me wanting only to be still and enjoy the peace of the garden.  Blessedly, I feel no […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Digging Quietude

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Digging Quietude

ROCKWALL, TX (July 19, 2022) I wandered into the garden this morning to sit with my blank pages, not knowing what I might write.  It took moments for the words to come. Please bear with me through another garden column.  I try not to write about the garden incessantly, but this time of year (ok, […]

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Summer Daze

Kukka by Sally Kilgore: Summer Daze

ROCKWALL, TX (May 5, 2022) Three o’clock afternoon quiet suddenly shatters in cacophony; the salvo of the storm door being yanked open, and we are bombarded by ten and six-year-olds; delirious with giggles and pokes and summer fun and armfuls of backpacks, Harry Potter blankets and the flap flap of flip flops announcing that the […]