Lovely Little Drips

15 May

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After watering the gardens and all the little plants I sat down on my front porch to drink some coffee this morning before work. I looked over and saw all these little drips on the elephant ears that my sister gave me a couple years ago. It looked so calm and pretty that I wanted to spend the entire day watching it evaporate. Instead I just snapped a few photos and went on my way.

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This Easy Push Out Ice Cube Tray Will Be The Death Of Me

14 May

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Easy push out ice-cube tray, with flexible rubber bottom. Sounds dreamy. Three little roundish ice cubes floating in my little whiskey glass makes for the perfect post waitressing cocktail. Continue reading

Lettuce, Fear and Growth

14 May

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The Mesclun mix of lettuce really is growing! It’s doing so well that I planted more! It’s my dream to grow most of my food. I get so freaked out when I read the ingredients lists on packaged food or when I think about the chemicals that could be involved when growing produce on enormous farms. I try not to buy things that are not from the United States, but only because I only know that we regulate the amount of chemicals in our food and food from out of the country has different regulations. There was a time a few months ago when the citizens of the United States were instructed by the news/media not to buy orange juice from out of the country. Not because there were chemicals in it, but because the chemicals were higher than the amount that we legally allow into our food. It’s scary, really scary. I even worry about the safety of the food that I grow because I live in the city, with all the pollution and emissions and such.

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Natural Vegetable Garden Tips And Tricks

13 May

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How many little garden tips and tricks can you find in the picture above?

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New Roof Achieved!

13 May

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In just 8 days, 87 very generous people were able to fully fund a much-needed new roof for my good friends. Most people are good, don’t ever let overwhelming reports by the news and media sway you into thinking otherwise.

Help Put A New Roof On A House That Needs It

5 May

This is Danny Proctor, close personal friend. If you recall I hosted a surprise birthday party for Danny a few months ago and wrote about throwing a party in a small space. Danny is in dire need of a new roof, please read his story and visit his GoFundMe site.

Created by Danny Proctor on May 5, 2013

Madison, TN

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 Raindrops keep falling on our heads! We have major leaks in our very old roof that require more than patching. We need a new roof ASAP!

Long story short: I had surgery for prostate cancer in 2006. No more cancer. In March 2009, my housemate and partner Daryl Pike was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After chemo and then going into remission, he relapsed and required a stem cell bone marrow transplant in May 2011.

The good news: Daryl’s cancer is gone! The bad news: Daryl has been unemployed since May 2011 and I quit my full-time job three years ago to be his required 24/7 caregiver. We have no health insurance (we’ve exhausted all options, believe me) and very limited income. I’m working from home making what money I can.

A friend in the roofing biz gave us an estimate for a new roof. The $6,000 will cover the materials, labor etc plus any incidentals (such as gofuncme.com’s fees). We want to install a metal roof, which is recommended for a low-pitch roof, plus the economic value. Any mold, fungus etc. can be dangerous to Daryl’s new immune system so we can’t have rain literally dripping on his bed anymore. My friend has patched the roof twice, stopping the kitchen and bathroom leaks, but the leak over Daryl’s bed is still there.Between Daryl and myself, we have nearly 4,000 Facebook friends. A few dollars each would give us this roof that we desperately need.

Believe me, begging is a last-ditch effort. Please forgive us but know anything anyone can give would be a blessing.

To help, please visit Raise Our Roof by Danny Proctor

 

Ants In The Dog Food Bowl

3 May

It’s only when you are doing something totally absurd, that you think is totally normal, you remember exactly who you are.

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Today I came home from work to find ants in the dog food bowl. No good. I mean, good because that means it’s finally warmed up after what seemed like an eternal winter. Bad because I don’t want my little dog friend eating ants! So as I was filling up the pan with water, I thought about how crazy I may look to an observer.

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Spaghetti Squash Recipes

2 May

How is it that I only found out about the miracle of spaghetti squash in the past couple of years? I bet some of you still don’t know what it is, the shame. The spaghetti squash is an amazing vegetable that looks and almost tastes just like SPAGHETTI!

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I know, it’s fantastic.

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My Lettuce Is Growing!

1 May

Quite a few weeks ago I planted some lettuce. I have never had much success with lettuce and I thought I would give it a shot just like I do every year. This is my progress.

Last week

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Pretty puny huh? 

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A Short Dress And An Inspirational Snake

1 May

As I locked the dead bolt this morning before heading off to work, something in the flowerbed caught my eye. I looked over, and there he/she was. A snake, a ribbon snake says Google. Maybe 14 inches and he was looking right at me. I was looking right at him and I only broke our eye contact to get a picture of him and he used that opportunity to try to slither away. The porch and the concrete garden borders confused him as he bounced around for a few seconds and I was able to get a shot.

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