Retirement

One down, three to go.

I have to admit I was warned. I was told by others before me that when I quit my job, I shouldn't give too much notice.  I now understand why.  Once you make up your mind to make such a big life change, you want it to be DONE. I gave four weeks notice. I… Continue reading One down, three to go.

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Retirement

Today I quit my job.

Today, I quit my job. No, I don't have another one. I gave my boss four weeks notice. Was it too much? Too little? Should I have held out another month, or maybe until Thanksgiving, to collect a few more paychecks? It's not like I will be penniless. My husband and I still have his income… Continue reading Today I quit my job.

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Holiday Designs

Crafting Christmas…The Start of the Ornament Collection

It's only August but my craft room is beginning to look a lot like Christmas... I've begun making my inventory of Christmas ornaments.  The bigger the selection, the more people seem to buy. I guess I understand that. Nothing is more exciting that stepping into a Christmas shop that is filled with sensory overload!  So… Continue reading Crafting Christmas…The Start of the Ornament Collection

Product Reviews

My Favorite Travel Hat: A Review of Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Zip Off Visor Hat

As an avid traveler, I've tried lots of different styles of sun hats over the years. They are necessary when you are spending days on the hiking trail or walking around outdoor tourist sites. I've always had an issue with them matting down my hair though and I've sometimes tried to get away without wearing… Continue reading My Favorite Travel Hat: A Review of Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Zip Off Visor Hat

desserts, Recipes: Only the Best!

It’s blueberry pie time! Tips for baking your best pie ever.

My three blueberry bushes are loaded with big, fat berries. Three bushes are plenty to keep an average sized family in pie all season long.  Last year, we lost our entire harvest to birds in a single day. This year, Doc has built a cage of sorts around the plants and netted it to keep out… Continue reading It’s blueberry pie time! Tips for baking your best pie ever.

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Miscellaneous Stuff, WhackyShack on Etsy

“It’s pretty, but it’s so expensive!”– Choosing to Buy Handmade

What determines the price of a handmade item? I've heard it said (or whispered) dozens of times at craft fairs. "It's pretty but it's so expensive!" Yes, handmade items are going to cost more than something you can buy at your local giant discount store.  Mass marketed products that come from China are cheap.  Handmade… Continue reading “It’s pretty, but it’s so expensive!”– Choosing to Buy Handmade

Product Reviews

So…you want to start sewing… a review

The first thing you're going to need is a sewing machine. I remember this as a daunting realization. I wanted to start sewing but I had no idea how to find or choose a sewing machine and I had no idea if I could afford one that would actually work.  I was remembering the first… Continue reading So…you want to start sewing… a review

Arts, Crafts and Creations, How-To Projects

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup cinnamon 3/4 cup very hot water Blend the dry ingredients and then add water.  Mix well.  Roll out and cut with any cookie cutters you choose. Be sure to cut a hole for hanging. I cut mine with a straw.  Makes about 18 small ornaments. You don't… Continue reading Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

House and Home

Pack it up and Move on in — part 4: A Patio Project and a Garden Fence

After a new well pump, a $3000 investment in a water system, and fighting the battle of low water/no water for several months, a city water line came past our house.  We bit the bullet, disconnected our new investments, and tapped into the new line.  Water problem solved. In the fall, I started digging flower… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 4: A Patio Project and a Garden Fence

House and Home

Pack it up and Move on in — part 3: Spring at Last!

It was April when the title finally transferred and we got keys to the house. Doc was in the middle of teaching spring semester. At the time, I wasn't working. That was a good thing because we never would have gotten the house in livable condition if I'd had a job to go to. I… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in — part 3: Spring at Last!

House and Home

Pack it up and Move on in – Part 2: “Playing the Waiting Game”

We waited weeks for the title to transfer.  No one could explain the hold up. We had purchased the house "as is" and since it was vacant, there was no one to move out. All of the inspectors we had hired at our end had completed their inspections within a week. All we could do… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in – Part 2: “Playing the Waiting Game”

House and Home

Pack it up and Move on in – Part 1: “Surprise! We bought a Civil War Era House!”

There wasn't much to like about the tired, run down house that sat hidden behind two 100 ft. tall Norway Spruces and an equally tall Pitch Pine. If the peeling paint wasn't enough to turn off the drive-by house hunters, the fact that it was a dingy peach color trimmed in rusty orange was sure… Continue reading Pack it up and Move on in – Part 1: “Surprise! We bought a Civil War Era House!”

Gardens

The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Dry and Shady Driveway Border

The driveway garden was a puzzle. From the day we moved into the house, we had no idea how we were going to address the small grassy area on the street side of our driveway which is backed by a hedge of spring blooming forsythia. Both dry and shady because it was beneath a thick branched… Continue reading The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Dry and Shady Driveway Border

Gardens

The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Under the Porch Windows

I’ve always had gardens. My spring and fall, and sometimes even summer, weekends have been filled with garden chores. Perennials, biennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees and potted plants all have had a place in my yard. But when I realized I needed to make some changes, I didn’t know where to begin.  My situation isn’t… Continue reading The Low Maintenance Garden Experiment: Under the Porch Windows