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I live and garden just outside of Chicago, on 1.5 acres. Although my college major was in Anthropology, I work as an advertising sales representative for the local newspaper, The Kane County Chronicle.

I have a avid golfer husband, and two young adult children. When not digging and working in my clay ridden lot, I can be found quilting, folk art painting or doing calligraphy. My job does not contain any creativity, so when I'm off the job I'm usually doing something creative.

My garden contains lots of whimsy - gazing balls, a water feature in a old wringer washing machine, work boots and shoes with plantings in them, antique concrete garden ornaments, black iron obelisk, assorted bird feeders and bird baths, an armillary sphere, a fountain, flower boxes and more! Just reading this list leads me to believe I need slow down or I risk looking like the next Disneyland.

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus, followed by peripheral neuropathy. These chronic illnesses make it difficult sometimes to do the heavy gardening work, for that I hire out. The bottom line is that gardening is both my relaxation and my therapeutic outlet.

I live in: United States

My zone is: z5 IL

My favorite forum 1 is party.

My favorite forum 2 is accout.

First registered on July 10, 2001 .