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How to Plan and Plant a Garden – A Guide for Beginners

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Two weeks ago, I explained how to select plants for your new garden. We looked at annuals and perennials, then at light and water needs. Then I got busy and forgot to write part two. Sorry about that. This week, we’ll talk about putting the plants you picked into the ground in your garden. I’m assuming you’ve chosen enough plants to fill up your planned garden space. How to Plan and Plant a Garden Spacing Think about whether you like a garden that looks like a big mass of green – plants a little crowded – or a garden with plants … Read more

8 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable for Your Husband

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This week’s Honoring the Man They Call Daddy theme is setting the stage. What can we do to make our homes more welcoming and more comfortable for our husbands? I wasn’t sure where to start, so I asked Joe what that would look like. “Uh, I dunno,” he answered. Not satisfied with that answer, I pressed, and he said, “I don’t really need too much. A little pampering, maybe. A foot massage.” Here’s what else he said (plus a few things I added in on his behalf). Greet him with a smile and a smooch when he walks in the … Read more

What is This Mystery Flower?

If you’ve been reading my little mom blog for a while, you probably know that I garden. A lot. I have an extensive flower garden, and Joe and I have five separate vegetable beds. I know plants well. Last week, when I was transplanting some shasta daisies that sprung up in the grass, I found these white flowers. Here’s what I know: I live in zone 6b. I did not plant this little beauty, and I have lived in this house for 11 years. It either grew from a seed or a critter brought in a bulb from elsewhere. The … Read more

A Letter to Heather Solos, Author of Home Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living

Dear Heather Solos, I know I agreed to review your new book, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it, but I can’t. It’s not that I don’t like it. I do like it, actually. I like it a lot. I like your writing style, your sarcasm, and your wit. Some parts of the book have really pierced my heart, like If no one who visits your home is ever hungry or thirsty, it may be time to take a hard, unbiased look at your cleaning habits. Um, ouch. But that’s not why … Read more

10 Ways to Use Cheap Flatware

I have three sets of flatware, and (though we’re cleaning house and purging a lot of items) none of them are going anywhere. I purchased the first set at Walmart in 1997. It was cheap in the worst sense of the word. This is the set I have employed for the uses below. It’s no big deal if a piece gets lost or ruined. If it weren’t for the list below, I’d have thrown it away a decade ago. The second set was my Aunt Anna’s. She bought it shortly after she married my Uncle Kenny in the late 1940’s. … Read more

Grace’s New Bedroom: I Painted!

When I came in to take pictures of Joe and Grace painting, I noticed that the (over priced) paint was low VOC, the safer kind of paint. That made me feel safe enough to do some painting myself. I’d never painted with a roller before, and it was not as easy as I expected. I painted a bit, enough to make a contribution, and then I retired to the living room. Probably to blog or talk on Twitter. I’m sure it was something important. Here’s what the room looked like after the first coat of paint. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t … Read more