Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
In college I moved about every six months. Looking back, I can see I had a problem with restlessness. A few times I didn’t like my roommates, or they didn’t pay the bills or they were on drugs. One year I decided on a …

4 December 2014  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
Now I am really confused.
For several weeks I had been infatuated with a neighborhood kitty, only to have my heart shattered when she showed up wearing a flea collar.
I would be a bad person if I continued to woo her with wet …

4 December 2014  Uncategorized

Did I kill my Daphne odoro, my luscious, variegated daphne that has bloomed fragrantly every Valentine’s Day for years?
Hint to whoever loves me: a new Daphne odoro (preferably the kind with variegated leaves) would be a superb choice for a Christmas gift.

The tips of the latest turned black last spring, …

19 November 2014  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
Life is not the way it looks in the magazines. If it was, all women would have flawless skin. Views from hotel rooms would be perpetually backlit by sunsets.
If real life was similar to magazine ads, we could all take medicine to bring …

19 November 2014  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
The good ones are usually taken. I wrote a note on a kitty collar, hoping no one would respond. Heather Hacking — Enterprise-Record
My hopes for a new addition to the family have been officially shattered. However, I have gained a new friend with no strings attached.
Last …

19 November 2014  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
If I was an entrepreneur instead of a writer, this drought would have me dreaming up new, undeniably necessary products for gardeners who are struggling through dry times.
Perhaps I would open a “drought online store,” filled with new hobbies for wanna-be gardeners.
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11 November 2014  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
If my mother was digitalized by Disney animators, she would be one of the good fairies. They would paint her with rosy cheeks and wearing a billowy skirt in a primary color.
Her body would be suspended two feet off the ground and each …

11 November 2014  Uncategorized

Author: Heather Hacking hhacking@chicoer.com @HeatherHacking on Twitter
We’re in a drought. I just moved. My new house has a terrible, messy mimosa tree as a primary feature.
Maybe I’ll focus on cactus gardening.
A reader named Don Rostimo called a while back and invited me use my shovel in his yard. …

5 November 2014  Uncategorized

Life is not quite settled at the new abode, but I can already feel that the change will be good.
The paint is fresh. One truckload for donations, another truckload to the dump. I dusted each old household item before it entered the new house. How could this be anything …

5 November 2014  Uncategorized

By Heather Hacking
07/17/2014
My stashed and saved treasures of 45 years have been sorted and stacked, shifted and shoved.
Last week I spent every non-work hour cleaning the inside of the old house and this week I will focus outside.
This means moving potted plants, tools and half-full bags of special potting soil, …

5 November 2014  Uncategorized
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