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San Diego gardening is a quirky business

February 16, 2015 @ 3:01 pm | Filed under: Art, Butterflies, Gardening

Remember those pumpkins I said might be ripe in time for Christmas? More like Valentine’s Day. We gave most of them away to a neighbor (who thanked us with pumpkin bread, so we came …

Butterfly Gardening

March 21, 2006 @ 11:43 am | Filed under: Butterflies, Nature Study

Gardening Tip for the Lazy—I Mean Busy—Mother

April 5, 2005 @ 1:19 pm | Filed under: Nature Study

Radiation in progress

August 30, 2017 @ 6:40 am | Filed under: Homeschooling, Tidal Homeschooling

The sign that greets me outside the treatment room is ominous, and in context the words are sobering. But as I lie there on the table—for only a few minutes; the procedure is beautifully …

green thoughts

February 21, 2017 @ 8:39 pm | Filed under: Gardening, Nature Study

I lost my voice for a week, and with it my mojo. I’m better now but still tired and feeling (here at the end of the day) low in spirits, probably because I just …

Little Happy Lists, Redux

May 3, 2015 @ 8:26 am | Filed under: Assorted and Sundry, Books

1. Piano recital: accomplished. And swimmingly, I might add. Particularly sweet this year because the music school divided the recital students into smaller groups (fewer classes lumped together into each recital), which meant our girls’ …

About Me

October 3, 2014 @ 8:27 pm | Filed under:

I’m Melissa Wiley, but everyone calls me Lissa. I live in San Diego with my husband, Scott Peterson, who writes comics and kids’ books, and our small army of children. I’ve been writing …

Friday odds and ends

September 5, 2014 @ 3:03 pm | Filed under: Assorted and Sundry


This is pretty typical for one of my posts. Somewhere in the middle there is when I hit publish, so a number of those edits happened after the post went live. Which means …

Day in the Life

March 31, 2014 @ 7:32 pm | Filed under: Family, Fun Learning Stuff, Homeschooling


The weekend: Jane headed back to college, the rest of the kids succumbed one by one to a fairly-short-lived-but-obnoxious-in-the-short-term cold, and I cleaned house all day Saturday to avoid finishing my taxes. And …