Product Reviews

Appliance Breakdown: Replacing the Refrigerator

When my 4 year old refrigerator stopped working, and the repairman made it clear that it would cost more to fix it than it was worth, I went on a mission to find a new one. I was determined to buy the perfect refrigerator. A refrigerator that I would fall in love with. I had… Continue reading Appliance Breakdown: Replacing the Refrigerator

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House and Home, Organize It!

Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover

What began as an organization project with cleaning and sorting, recycling and donating, has somehow blossomed into a whole house makeover. One of the largest projects was a very messy kitchen re-do! We knew we needed a new kitchen floor. But a bigger problem was our sagging ceiling. It was too big of a project… Continue reading Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover

Gardens

It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)

You don't like tomatoes? If your only experience with them are tomatoes from the grocery store or the wedges you get in your restaurant salad, well then, I'd have to say that I can't blame you. What passes for a tomato in most places during most of the year is a tasteless fraud with a… Continue reading It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art

Recycling Cast-Offs Into Handcrafted Garden Benches

Once in a while I manage to interest my husband into building something for me. Over the years, my bookish professor/writer has turned out to be a halfway decent carpenter. With warm weather finally arriving, he wandered into the barn this weekend where he found some cast off pieces to be just right for crafting a… Continue reading Recycling Cast-Offs Into Handcrafted Garden Benches

Arts, Crafts and Creations, How-To Projects

Make Your Own Handbag Gift Card Holders

This is a fun project that makes a gift card holder in the shape of a handbag. Super cute and way more interesting than those gift card boxes you buy at the store. Step #1: Gather your materials. I chose to use solid color embossed card stock for the body of my bag. For the… Continue reading Make Your Own Handbag Gift Card Holders

Home Decor, Organize It!

Organize It! The Front Porch

While February usually brings deep snows and frigid temperatures to Ohio, this year we have been enjoying a stretch of unusually warm weather. February and March were to be my months for organizing my dressing room and pairing down my wardrobe. But with temperatures climbing into the 50s, 60s and even reaching a 70° day,… Continue reading Organize It! The Front Porch

Miscellaneous Stuff

Lifelong Learning and the Daily Commute

Americans spend an enormous number of hours in their cars. I don't particularly like to drive. No, let me rephrase that. I HATE to drive. When I was working, I spent just about an hour a day driving the 14 miles to and from my job. It took me about 25 minutes or so each… Continue reading Lifelong Learning and the Daily Commute

Organize It!

“Organize It!” Clothing Closets and Drawers

February has arrived and with it comes a new "Organize It" project. In January I set up a new home office and spent the month taming paperwork. For the month of February I have assigned myself the task of getting my dressing room, clothes closets, and attic spaces in order.  As I searched the Internet… Continue reading “Organize It!” Clothing Closets and Drawers

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art

Looking Ahead to Garden Art

I'm usually too busy to make garden art during the summer. The dead of winter, however,  is a great time to look ahead and fashion some artwork for the yard. This past weekend I dug around through the pile of scrap wood in the barn and put together and painted this travel sign. It's nothing… Continue reading Looking Ahead to Garden Art

Organize It!

Paper Madness: Organizing a Home Office

If you are lucky you already have a home office. I don’t have a separate room to designate as office space so for several years I have tried to incorporate a desk into another room. My first attempts failed for one reason or another. Mostly, I think, the spaces were just too small. I have finally… Continue reading Paper Madness: Organizing a Home Office

Product Reviews

Keeping Tabs on the New Year: a Review of “Doodlehouse” 2017 Coloring Planner by Lang with Artwork by Susan Winget

January has arrived and with it came this year's planner which I ordered from Amazon — the Doodlehouse 2017 Coloring Planner by Lang with artwork by Susan Winget. Lang makes a number of different coloring planners. This planner is 6.25" wide  x 9" tall. It is spiral bound. The front and back covers are made of… Continue reading Keeping Tabs on the New Year: a Review of “Doodlehouse” 2017 Coloring Planner by Lang with Artwork by Susan Winget

Organize It!

The Basic Home Office Supply Checklist

paper clips binder clips rubber bands pencils erasers pens highlighters permanent markers scissors transparent tape packing tape bubble wrap large mailing envelopes #10 envelopes letter size envelopes postage stamps ruler/tape measure pencil sharpener stapler staples three hole punch three ring binders pocket folders file folders/hanging file folders notebook dividers/tabs folder labels address labels return address… Continue reading The Basic Home Office Supply Checklist

Happy Holidays, Organize It!

Holiday Clean Up: Organize Your World…

...while I'm organizing mine. When the new year arrives there’s no rest for the weary until all signs of Christmas or other holiday celebrations are neatly stored away and order in the house has been restored or, at least, brought back to normal. Prepare the storage space. Empty out the storage area where holiday items… Continue reading Holiday Clean Up: Organize Your World…

Happy Holidays, Miscellaneous Stuff

December 26th: My Favorite Holiday

No, I'm not celebrating Boxing Day or Kwanza. I've been planning for and celebrating Christmas since Black Friday. My daughter cooked a delicious Christmas dinner and we had a family gift exchange. Christmas is a big deal in our family. Like most families. But December 26 still remains my favorite holiday. Or really, it's the… Continue reading December 26th: My Favorite Holiday

Happy Holidays

Gift Giving on a Poor Man’s Budget

Like it or not, Christmas is here and, if you've not already dealt with the issue, you're going to have to figure out what to do about gift-giving. The act of giving is an important part of our annual traditions and nearly everyone has to deal with it to some extent. For those with little or no… Continue reading Gift Giving on a Poor Man’s Budget

Happy Holidays

In Search of Classic Christmas TV

One of the best things about growing up in the 60s and 70s was watching the holiday episodes of our favorite weekly TV shows. In the 1990s many of these episodes were replayed each year on "Nick at Night's" annual "Merrython" which aired each December. I recorded a lot of those old shows onto VHS tapes… Continue reading In Search of Classic Christmas TV

cookies, Recipes: Only the Best!

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The best oatmeal cookie recipe isn't hard to find. It is printed on the lid of the Quaker oatmeal box. And it makes sense doesn't it? Who would spend more time testing oatmeal cookie recipes to find the very best one than an oatmeal company? This is the same recipe that my mother used to… Continue reading Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies