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It’s been several months now since I started our spring garden, and we are finally ready for our first (small) harvest! While I wish things would grow a little faster, I’m pretty proud of how far some of our plants have come.  They were my babies for so long as I waited for the seedlings […]

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  • Oh those tomato hornworms can be nasty buggers! We went out of town once and came back to millions (ok…a little exaggeration) of them and it broke my heart for those tomato plants. Glad to see your harvest!ReplyCancel

    • I remember you telling us about that! 🙁 I am extra paranoid about them now lolReplyCancel

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    Everything looks yummy!!! And well nurtured 😉ReplyCancel

  • […] Happy Sunday! And Football Season! And the promise of Autumn! I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Ours is ending very nice indeed.  I planned to get some pretty extensive yard work done today, but Mother Nature had other intentions and dropped a thunderstorm on me about halfway through.  Nothing like tilling and raking and using other metal objects with thunder rolling in, right? I won’t complain though-us desert rats never complain about rain!!-because it was nice to get the work done with cloud cover and a light mist while it lasted.  I managed to get the raised cinder block garden bed tilled and added fresh, fortified soil in.  I also planted some seeds and trimmed the rosebushes.  Those poor roses, they look like I’ve never paid a second of attention to them! Remember when they looked like this? […]ReplyCancel

Over the weekend a dear friend and I started our training for the Phoenix Summit Challenge 2013.  She made the mistake of asking me to read the Arizona Bucket List in a recent issue of Phoenix Magazine, where I found this challenge and convinced her it would be a great idea.  I love to hike, […]

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I hope your week is going well! I’m looking forward to this weekend (as usual), but I’m excited because Saturday  I’ll be hiking AND shopping all in one day! And with one of my favorite people , no less! It’s like a slice of Amy Heaven 😀 In the meantime, I’m excited about the curtains […]

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  Mentoring days are always so much fun.  Last week, M and I tried the paint bubble craft I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest.  I didn’t do a blog post about it because it did not work out as well as Pinterest claimed.  Theoretically, it should have: add paint to bubbles, blow paint tinted bubbles […]

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  • I am so glad you shared a little of your bubble painting with us! I was wanting to try it now I know not to 🙂 I’d love some of those cookies 😉ReplyCancel

    • I think if you had a bubble machine and set the canvas up real close to it, it might work better and be more controlled that way… If I ever get a bubble machine I’m going to try it again! The cookies are so good 😉ReplyCancel

  • […] because this project was fun, and more importantly, it WORKED! You might remember, we tried the bubble painting technique in the spring and it was a total fail. This assignment was so much cooler and I will be doing it […]ReplyCancel

  • […] hope everyone has a super fantastic week! We’re looking forward to mentoring, library Tuesday, the first day of puppy training and camping for Labor Day weekend.  Oh, man. […]ReplyCancel

I heart spring! Even though I’m usually giddy to get things done this time of year, I came down with a serious case of the lazies over the past week.  I could not motivate myself to do anything, and it was brutal! Now that I’ve undone the gross around the house, everything is back in […]

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I hope everyone is having a great week! I am really looking forward to the weekend myself.  I’ve been admiring all the work I did in the yard last weekend and I can’t wait to add to it!  In the meantime, I worked up a garden planner in my garden journal today so I know […]

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So I spent yesterday doing yard work, and I’m definitely paying for it today.  But I got a lot done, and I’m pretty proud of myself dang it! I cut back all the frost bitten plants in the yard, got the last of my seedlings in the garden and pots, cleaned and hosed down the […]

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  • […] P.S. For last year’s spring garden, click here, here, or here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] The rosebushes are blooming and smelling delicious.  Jones has loved helping to water/get soaked every other day.  The basil will be harvested after this post for pesto, freezing and drying.  The mint is loving life and will also be harvested for freezing and dried for mint tea.  The tomatoes are turning green again, which is making me glad I didn’t chop them all down when they dried to sticks.  Thyme is doing great, sage is not happy with being so water-logged.  Pepper plants are hanging in there, not really producing but not dying so that’s good, right? I think that’s all that we have right now… OH! The strawberries are still living, and I’m curious to see what happens with them once the weather cools.  Other than that, the lantana looks the best it ever has, the purple basil in pots up front is getting fuller, the vincas are fascinating to me since they were supposed to last just one season and they’ve been there a year (?) now, the lilies are looking good and the succulents we got recently are probably ready for permanent pots now.  And happily, the elephant food is thriving again after this sadness (here). […]ReplyCancel

I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive craft supplies, even when I don’t have a project planned. In my experience, I can usually come up with something to create with the odds and ends I’ve collected. For instance, I recently bought some nice snowflake scrapbooking stickers that were marked down from $4.99 to $1 that […]

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  • Wow your michaels store is nice. Ours never has a final sale table and clearance is all over the place. I don’t ever go there for Jewelry supplies unless I have a coupon and can’t find the item elsewhere. They cost more than Hobby Lobby. I find my cheap crafty supplies at the Dollar Tree sometimes. 🙂 I also do yard sales in the spring summer and early fall! Wal-mart has a really nice selection for crafts on the cheap 🙂 I have purchased several supplies from there from jewelry to quilting at a fraction of the cost of other stores.ReplyCancel

    • Our Hobby Lobby is seriously like a department store, they have a ton of furnishings! And they do have a lot of craft supplies that just seem like better quality stuff, maybe that’s why my Michaels is cheaper? I don’t like the Wal- Mart by me but I should really give them another chance…I didn’t even think of them for this post! Thanks for the tips, I’m always on the look out 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Hmmm not sure why that is but hobby lobby here is cheaper than michaels. Lol maybe it’s location. 🙂 of course I stalk the sale ad so I usually go when what I want is on sale 🙂 ReplyCancel

      • Oh p.s. it seems hard to find a good walmart these days. I have 2 I drive out of my way for cause I refuse to go to the closest one. I drew the line when every employee was on there cell phone including the cashier while she was talking to another 2 registers away AND there was warm raw meat sitting atop the gum on the candy rack in line. Yes I touched the film to see how long it was sitting there. Yuck. I did call the store manager right then and there. Anyway not to take attention off the subject at hand lol a good walmart is worth it for decent priced crafts 😉ReplyCancel

        • Ours don’t have craft sections anymore either, just an aisle or two, and never fabric…. so they just never come to mind.ReplyCancel

          • Ahh ours recently got back fabrics and crafts. For while they were gone.

  • I have to say I have picked up a few things at Dollar Tree myself. Always good for crafting with the kids. I have a “slight” tendency to get possessive about my supplies so it is good for me to relax a bit when they get creative with the Dollar Tree supplies. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • The Dollar Tree is definitely one of my favorites! 🙂ReplyCancel

I was a total slacker with blogging last week, and I’m sorry! I did get a lot done around the house though, and have some fun blog posts lined up for this week, so hopefully I don’t leave you hanging for that long again. With Easter coming up, I wanted to make some spring crafts.  In my […]

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I’m FINALLY feeling semi-normal again after being sick all week.  Which means that I probably overdid it today getting stuff done around the house.  I may or may not regret it tomorrow, but I’m currently pretty proud of myself 😀 I got all my babies planted into big-kid pots and into the garden, pulled weeds, […]

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