Category Archives: Outdoor Living

DIY Wasp Deterrent

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DIY wasp deterrent

I love God’s creatures. Most of them anyway. I’m not a fan of the sting-y ones, though.  Mosquitoes, those grey flies that like to bite you right at the back of the knee … and wasps.  I hate wasps.  Today, I’m going to share with y’all the most effective, cheapest, easiest, and most clever diy wasp deterrent EVER! My husband is deathly allergic to… Read more »

Summer Gardens Begin in Winter

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The best summer gardens begin in winter.  Which is why seed companies and nurseries ship their colorful and alluring catalogs in January, of course. I used to think these festive fliers in my mailbox were just designed to mock me during the cold, dreary days of winter and make me covetous of warmer climates where there was still color, even… Read more »

For Sale By Owner

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We’ve decided to put the Travel Lodge up for sale.  We love it and it’s perfect for our needs … except … that it’s incredibly heavy and unwieldy to tow around like we want. It’s what is called a ‘Park Model’ or ‘Destination Trailer’,  which basically means it’s meant to tow to a location and be parked for full-time living… Read more »

May Showers

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It’s raining, it’s pouring!  And I’m not complaining!  Well, not much, anyway.  The truth is we’ve been in a drought for the past 8 years and we desperately need the moisture.  But I’ll be honest … it’s been raining for about three weeks now … and I’m starting to get a little annoyed. Shhhh!  Don’t tell my husband!  Or anyone… Read more »

Icky, Creepy Things

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I had a post ready to upload yesterday.  It was a fun and light-hearted account of my husband’s and my recent trip to a really cool flea market event in the City, which served as my Mother’s Day gift.  But none of that matters in light of the thing that happened yesterday afternoon … and I decided that I really… Read more »

People Who Love Spring …

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Clearly, those people do not live in the country. Oh sure, it’s ‘nature’s rebirth’, a renewal of life … blah, blah, blah. To those of us in red dirt country, spring means one thing – mud.  At least it normally does. For the past several years, this part of the country has been in a terrible drought.  The last time… Read more »

A Long Row to Hoe

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At our place, it’s once again time to get the garden prepped and planted. Several years ago, we established a permanent garden spot, complete with raised beds that we built from reclaimed lumber and pallet boxes. We hauled in soil and fertilizer (read: manure from the corral), drew up detailed planting charts and diagrams and vowed that from that point… Read more »

Festively Frugal

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My love of this season – from the end of August through the end of December – is well known in my family. I love every single thing about the fall and onset of winter … the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s holiday circuit, the foods, the changes in weather, the disappearance of bugs and snakes – absolutely everything. Which… Read more »