Welcome to Down Hibiscus Lane
In a safer world, I would have named this blog after the street we live on, but to protect the security and privacy of not only ourselves, but also our neighbors, I have given the street a fictitious name: Hibiscus Lane.
A couple of years ago, my husband, Bo, and I moved into a new home in central Florida and, before we were completely settled, I was already into the process of decorating our new home. This blog is a journal of that process. So come along with me as I create a home with a lot of Provence, and a little bit of Paris, too, where we enjoy hosting family and friends. I will share recipes and kitchen tips, and photos of my DIY projects.
Each time we have moved to a new home, one of the first things I did was to put in an herb garden, followed later by a potager, (a small kitchen garden). This time was no different. A few of my herbs and veggies loved the sandy soil, others not so much. I will include information about my herb garden and share recipes. Most of my gardening information, however, will be shared on my blog In the Garden with Maria.
Some of you may recognize me as a writer on HubPages and PersonaPaper, or as Mia-Mia, a writer on Squidoo, an online publishing platform that was sold to HubPages in August of 2014. On those sites, I write about gardening, food, knitting, and public health issues, as well as other things. I have always been interested in photography, and it was in taking photos for my online articles that I honed my skills as photographer, particularly of food, flowers, and landscapes.
I am trained as a public health educator and grant-writer, with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in public health. I have been gardening all my life, if you count the time when my dad made me work in his yard; and experimenting with recipes almost as long. I am also an artist, writer, photographer, knitter, seamstress, wife, mom, and animal lover. Now that I am in the 2nd half my life, I am more self-confident than ever, and ready to travel more and try new things — such as blogging.