By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
12/25/14
For years my driveway has looked like a duck pond the minute it begins to sprinkle. If I had known that all it would take was seven yards of gravel and two half-days of hard labor, I would have hired two men with two shovels long …

27 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking
First we’re supposed to be embarrassed if we have a lush, green lawn. Then the media (which includes me) encourages people not to grow vegetables and certainly not summer flowers.
Next it rains profusely, but we’re still in a drought.
Recently, the state came out with water use …

27 January 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
12/18/14
The surviving peppers aren’t exactly ornaments, but they’re kind of festive. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record
I live in the house without a Christmas tree.
Some of you might remember the “made-for-TV” movie about a little girl who has a curmudgeon for a father. He’s bummed about life and …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
About a year ago I was at small open mic night. People were helping to put away chairs and I decided to be helpful and wash the dishes.
Near the end of this little task, the hostess whisked by to see if anything more …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
Increasingly, I’m faced with what must be a widespread garden geek’s dilemma: How do we go about our business in the middle of the drought?
As we shift into the new season, I would normally be gushing about planting bulbs and shopping for something …

20 January 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
Theoretically, “black Friday” is the official kick-off for the holiday shopping season.
I don’t know who anyone thinks they are kidding. For weeks my Costco shopping experience has included a walk past the $70 ceramic bear holding a candy cane.
In September I bought Christmas slippers.
I could have …

6 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
I’ve been through this before.
A soft soul suddenly drifted into my life and appeared to accept my tentative affection.
The red-tinted tabby kitty was spotted during the heat of the summer, often resting at the base of the mimosa tree.

For more than a …

6 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
Why do we like to travel? To hear words that sound like music? To see artwork we learned about in college G.E. classes?
Some of us may travel for food – moussaka in Greece, pyroshki in Russia and lumpia in the Philippines.

One year my …

6 January 2015  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
The surviving peppers aren’t exactly ornaments, but they’re kind of festive. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record
I live in the house without a Christmas tree.

Some of you might remember the “made-for-TV” movie about a little girl who has a curmudgeon for a father. He’s bummed about life and …

6 January 2015  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
As much as I may secretly wish it, I will never be one of those crafty, home-spun, easy-bake, savory-leftover type of women.
At this age I also doubt that I will discover the equivalent of penicillin, fly to a distant planet or meet anyone …

6 January 2015  Uncategorized
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