Issues of Today

On the Rebound in Puerto Rico: The Crisis Is Not Over

~By Pamela Hammond~ This is my friend Marlene. Originally from New Jersey, Marlene has lived for many years in Utuado, a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the remote mountainous region, where she rescues horses, street dogs and stray cats. I met Marlene in 2009 when my husband and I rented a one room cottage… Continue reading On the Rebound in Puerto Rico: The Crisis Is Not Over

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Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art, Gardens

Check out our old outhouse project!

There was an old outhouse on our property when we bought it. This summer, in an effort to save it, my husband put on a new roof and gave the outside a coat of paint. Then I went to work on the inside. It isn't really usable. There is no "hole." But it's a great piece… Continue reading Check out our old outhouse project!

Travel and Day Trips

Looking for cheap travel? Start with a staycation!

When it comes to travel, I'm not a fan of waiting until the time is right or the money is more plentiful. There is no wrong time to travel. And the money that you spend won't be missed any more than if you bought anything else. Travel while your kids are young. Travel before you have kids. Travel… Continue reading Looking for cheap travel? Start with a staycation!

Parkinson's Disease

Life with Parkinson’s Disease: Part 1- The Tremor

I was 48 years old when I first noticed that something was amiss. It started in my little finger. I was sitting quietly and noticed a slight tremor. It was the oddest thing I'd ever felt. It didn't prevent me from doing anything that I wanted to do though, so I tried to ignore it.… Continue reading Life with Parkinson’s Disease: Part 1- The Tremor

House and Home, Organize It!

Organize It! Updating Emergency Prep

Like many others, I watched the news coverage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria on the Weather Channel last summer. One thing that struck me as people prepared for the coming storms were the long lines at gas stations and the demand for food and bottled water at grocery stores. I couldn't help but wonder,… Continue reading Organize It! Updating Emergency Prep

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art, Handpainted Projects, Holiday Designs

Winterfest 2018 in Geneva, Ohio: The Snowman Contest

Winterfest is held in our small town every February. This year, I decided to enter the snowman contest. During the first week of January, temperatures were in the single digits with below 0° wind chills and two feet of snow was falling. I had plenty of indoor time on my hands! I picked up a… Continue reading Winterfest 2018 in Geneva, Ohio: The Snowman Contest

Gardens, Travel and Day Trips

“Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal. A visit to the glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will warm your spirit and offer an escape to make you forget the snow and ice-covered landscape outside. The winter show, “Orchid Mania” is held annually. Whether or not you have ever had any desire to grow orchids,… Continue reading “Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Home Decor, House and Home

Choosing a Boho Chic Decor

I’m attracted to many styles of decorating.  I love the casual soft colors of shabby chic.  I love a traditional décor with oriental rugs and classic furniture.  But the style that seems to suit me best and the one I keep coming back to is Boho Chic. Boho Chic is a free-spirited style that takes… Continue reading Choosing a Boho Chic Decor

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

A Favorite Recipe: USDA Pecan Pie

I found this recipe in my early twenties when I was first learning to cook. Each week I would visit our local library and borrow a stack of cookbooks which I read in the evenings as if they were novels. I found many of my favorite recipes that way, including this one. As I recall,… Continue reading A Favorite Recipe: USDA Pecan Pie

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

“The Homecoming” Christmas Applesauce Cake

I watched my DVD of "The Homecoming" the other night. In the movie, Olivia Walton bakes her traditional Christmas applesauce cake. Feeling inspired, I went looking for the recipe. I found a number of recipes for "Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake." One recipe said "this is the cake she made in the movie." (It wasn't). One… Continue reading “The Homecoming” Christmas Applesauce Cake

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies

I don't know when this recipe was first published but I first became aware of it in the mid-60s. It was part of an advertisement for Crisco shortening and M&M's in one of my mother's magazines. In those days, recipes were often a part of a advertisements for some product or another. My mother cut… Continue reading Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies