Today we had a rare, rare treat for July: we were able to burn brush. July is typical drier than dry here so brush burning usually has to wait until late fall or winter. Because of days of rain, though, the almost always present summer burn ban was lifted and it was safe for us [...]
We have a new renovation/makeover project coming up: our laundry room! We hadn’t planned to renovate our laundry room…then along came these two lovely ladies into our lives… Just yesterday we learned that our DogTipper will be a new Maytag Ambassador, part of the #MaytagMoms campaign! For the next four months, we’ll be writing about [...]
We have had SO many wild turkeys around our house lately; almost every time I step out on the front porch, I hear them in the woods. Earlier this week, John saw one in the creek, strolling up the creek and turning at our drive, then sauntering up the drive and finally into the woods. [...]
We are between storm systems today, scrambling to get a few things done before the next round of rain (possibly four inches!) No complaints here, though; we are so very far behind in rainfall that we’d be happy for it to rain like this through the summer! We lost our Internet service, provided as a [...]
We have a hummingbird feeder by our gate, and it’s one busy place! About a month ago, we heard the first hummingbird returning after his winter away; he suddenly appeared on the branch where we had hung the feeder the summer before…he seemed to be thinking, “I know I left that food right here!” This [...]
I love looking at decorating magazines and trying to picture ways I can use some of the techniques in our home…but on a budget. One big bonus of having a home that’s still a work in progress is that we’re free to try different things and never worry about “messing up” the decor. Through the [...]
As professional bloggers, we are online ALL the time. We’re working on our sites, we’re researching new articles, we’re answering email. We need a connection we can depend on, especially for the Twitter parties we’ve been co-hosting lately. Well, that reliable connection is easier said than done when you live in the country.for us, there [...]
Due to their spiny leaves, many people don’t like the milk thistle but I think they’re just lovely. We mow our front yard so we can keep an eye out for snakes but we let the thistles grow along the fenceline. They’re in bloom now and just beautiful!
This weekend meant tree trimming here at home. Although it’s definitely not the traditional time for tree trimming, this was a necessary event…as we were finally able to see which trees in our small pear orchard just were no longer with us… Fortunately in most cases, it was just a matter of removing a limb [...]
The wildflowers are few and far between this spring, thanks to last summer’s record drought, but these verbena came up just in front of the house!