About Me

A mother of two young children in Central Florida, gardening is one of the LAST things I have time to do, but what started as a “victory garden” has become a favorite pastime.  No longer working outside the home, I spend my days driving through school drop-off and pick-up lanes, running errands, washing clothes, volunteering in the community and managing a household — visits to the garden have become my personal reprieve! 

Unless of course, it’s summertime.  Heat and humidity don’t do any favors for the vegetables, let alone my appearance, but then again, summers are for vacations.  Fall through late spring…  Now these are wonderful times to be outdoors, and the harvest from a productive garden is simply a bonus.  Not to mention it makes a great addition to the dinner plate.  While my kids may change their appetites on a daily basis, the two agree: a bean never tasted so good as the one they grew themselves! 

My other favorite pastime is writing novels, specifically women’s fiction, though I’d like it to become my next career.  Not that I’ll ever give up my day job as mother and wife, but I would like a more creative outlet than cooking and cleaning.  There’s only so many ways you can cook chicken before the family looks at you and asks, “Really?  You expect me to eat that?  I can’t hardly identify the thing, let alone rally an appetite!”  Changing laundry detergents doesn’t impress the husband, either. 

“My undershirt doesn’t smell clean.” 

I smile.  “I used a new brand.” 

He grunts.  “Something good for the planet?” 

I nod my head cheerfully. 

“Can we save it some other way?  I really don’t care to walk around smelling like funk.” 

“It’s lavender,” I corrected, but the point is made. 

So rather than dwell on my family’s lack of appreciation, I throw myself into writing.  A combination of romance and life lessons, my stories are meant to entertain and offer perspective on some of the most challenging issues facing women today. 

While a fan of the old adage “it’s not what you say, but how you say it,” I’ve found many times it is what you say that counts.  For that matter, what you do.  Each and every day. 

As a woman and mother of a daughter, I believe we women need to pull together, learn from each other, and brighten this path we call life by coloring it with our own beautiful, intricate, and individual blossoms of distinction.

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nanci
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 17:39:06

    Great job with your blog. It’s really fun to read. Best of luck.
    Nanci

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  2. barbara wise
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 07:58:55

    Look forward to enjoying more of your musings!

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  3. Autumn Belle
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 18:49:16

    It is indeed nice to know more about you. You already have a great start with such a good writeup. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Good Luck and Welcome to Blogging and Blotanical!

    Reply

  4. Africanaussie
    Nov 29, 2009 @ 18:10:25

    So glad I found your blog – I will definitely be following it. You are a great writer – good luck with achieving your goals! Welcome to blotanical!

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  5. Kris
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 15:03:58

    Great blog! I enjoyed reading it. Happy New Year!

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  6. Cheri Micelo
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 17:32:46

    Oh you are so gifted and so grand with your blog!! I am so impressed that you have become this artistic mom, creative and wonderful. I envy your time and wish I could have a garden..one day…and I will get all my tips from my Micelo. Miss you..will definitely stop next trip to O

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  7. Liz
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 20:36:17

    Wow! you are an amazing writer and i look forward to reading your blogs each and every day. You seem to be a beautiful person both inside and out!

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  8. kimberly
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 20:42:48

    What a wonderful blog! And I honestly enjoy your fabulous sense of humor!! Looking forward to reading more! Glad to connect with another S Florida gardener, too. I’m on the Treasure Coast.

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  9. Autumn Belle
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 18:20:05

    I found your blog through blotanical. I’m so glad I did. I enjoyed reading your posts and I think you are an excellent writer with an great sense of humour. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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  10. Ashely
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 22:03:19

    Feel privileged to call you “friend”. Terrific blog…light, thought provoking and somewhat an escape. Lovely.

    p.s. I love my watermelon/carrot.

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  11. Alex Sainz
    Sep 25, 2010 @ 16:47:25

    Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice blog!

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  12. ryan v
    Sep 25, 2010 @ 16:50:17

    i love your blog most of all the kids buzz

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  13. Wicked Gardener
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 13:55:21

    Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks great! Looks like we are “neighbors”. Look forward to new posts! (Love the laundry bit above.)

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  14. Joanne Sherman
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 13:48:02

    What an inspiration you are to the women out there muddling through the daily routines! I remember the days when I spent hours on the tractor…it was the best therapy available… Cheap too

    Will look fwd to your blog updates and advice along the way 🙂

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    • gardenfrisk
      Feb 11, 2011 @ 15:14:09

      My husband might dispute the “cheap” part but he won’t dare disagree — anything that gets the monkey brain to sit a spell is well worth it to him!

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  15. Alice Joyce
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 11:43:40

    Delighted to connect via Blotanical!
    I’m always inclined to follow a blog where a ‘frisky’ humor features prominently, in this instance, along with a unique approach to a gardening blog.
    Let’s connect on twitter, too: I am @BayAreaTendrils once in a great while,
    and daily @travelgrdnsbuzz
    I’ll look for you there;)

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  16. Julia
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 01:54:55

    One of my favorite things is getting out in the garden with my two young boys and sharing my passion for gardening with them. They love it!! As a mom, its such a gift to be able to share a little plot of earth and learn about life =)

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  17. lely
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 19:19:52

    love your blog!

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  18. Megan Wollaston
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:38:51

    Beautifully put. We could definately be friends, this sounds a lot like home! Thanks for casting a humorous light on everyday life. My husband just doesn’t have a passion for “the garden thing” or natural laundry detergent either…Not to mention my need for expressing creativity and talent in a way other than folding the laundry. (: Thanks, that was great!

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  19. Bonnie Jackovich
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 18:36:37

    Hi Dianne. I finished your novel, Jennifer’s Garden a few minutes ago, and wanted to tell you how much I appreciated it. Because of your word pictures, I plan to put in some Lantana, soon, and – what was it on the arbor, Mogenvilla? (I live in Cocoa)
    Also, you helped me on a much deeper level as well. The way you described how love disregards the boundries of lifetimes has eased the ache of losing my precious Mama to bone cancer. I too, feel her love everyday, now perhaps I can believe she feels mine. Keep writing!

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    • gardenfrisk
      Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:15:09

      Bonnie,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with me. So sorry to hear about your mother but she lives within you. The flower is mandevilla and a great choice for our area, as are the lantana. 🙂

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      • gardenfrisk
        May 13, 2014 @ 20:12:53

        You’ve come to the right place! (Sort of — I’m located at Bloominthyme.com now — no wordress needed in the address.) C’mon on over!

  20. Dixie Fechtel
    May 13, 2014 @ 20:06:26

    You are “woman.” I need your advice on perhaps starting a blog about my porch and patio endeavors.

    Reply

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