​What's up in March?

​I've been working on Home Fire Book 4, my sales are off to a start, and seeds are being planted!  

​Home Fire is coming right along.  I'm thinking about putting a chapter out on the website for a sneak preview...but haven't yet decided on that.

​I have had my first show of the year.  This is the earliest that I've done one.  I may not do as many this year due to time constraints, but keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page for shows that you may be able to attend.  Otherwise, you can always order books through my website and jewelry from my Etsy shop.

​I've started a few things in the greenhouse.  Look to the right for my first radish of the year!



​Stop by sometime and view my shop!


With All Due Respect project

  Please send in your stories!!!



​My garden book, The Minnesota Gardener ​  is now available.  You can click on the link to order online, or you can order by mail  on my Books by Nancy Ann page.

Home Fire--

​Book 4

#1 Priority for 


Nancy Ann Books

​A site that encourages young writers.

Job’s Tears, Coix-Lacryma-jobi, are probably the oldest beads known; they date back to at least 2000 BC.  It’s not clear where these plants were first domesticated, but they are among one of the oldest agricultural crops along with beans, corn, and rice.  Food was its first and most important use.  The edible fruit is shaped like a tear drop.  Because of the tear shape, it was named after the biblical Job of the Old Testament who endured much suffering and shed many tears.  When dried, the fruit has a hard outer shell but a very soft inside. The seed has a tiny, natural hole, making it perfect to use as a bead.

There is a legend that when the Acadians were sent out of Nova Scotia because of religious persecution, they were not allowed to take anything with them.  Not even their rosaries.  They migrated to Louisiana where they found the Job’s Tears bush.  They believed the Lord had provided for their needs.  It has also been documented that Job’s Tears have been found in ancient tombs & Mother Teresa wore a Job’s Tears rosary.

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Job's Tears



​by Nancy Ann

Each year I enjoy watching the Live Eagle Cams that are put up.  I find it fascinating to have this "birds eye" view to witness what really goes on in a nest that most of us typically only see from the ground, and usually only when we drive by them on the freeway.  I'm sending this along as it is a fun thing for kids/grand-kids to watch and witness.  They will never look up at an eagles nest the same way again!  I hope you find some time to enjoy one or all of them!
This first link is of our own Minnesota eagles.  They are having a rough go at it, and I question whether the eggs are still viable.  Be sure to read the updates posted on the DNR page regarding this nest.
This link has the Decorah Eagles. This pair seems to be doing everything right.  They have only one egg and tend to it very diligently.  Unlike the DNR MN cam, this one has sound.  I was surprised to hear how pretty the eagles sing! 

This last link is currently the most exciting.  The first chick just hatched yesterday, and the other two should follow shortly.  This too, has sound.

It's time to