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Succulent Bowls

We had G’s 3rd Birthday Party at our house.  These shindigs are always a lot of work but in the end they’re well worth it.  It’s the first time we’ve had a party for her.  I might make it an annual event because the timing, in March, ties in perfectly with Spring cleaning. The back yard…

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Shade, the Money Saver.

It’s 2pm. It’s spring. The sun has shifted. Instead of hiding behind a large tree it glares right into our back windows and sliding doors.  Our living room, dining room and kitchen turn into a hot atrium.  It was awful until we found a solution! Last summer I shared here about the white, flowy, curtains…

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Nature’s Free Mulch

Every fall as the leaves begin to drop I ask the gardeners to use them as mulch for our plant beds. I finally found a gardener who understands what organic gardening is all about and follows my “crazy” methods. Actually, he also teaches me new things.  It’s fantastic! I use leaves as mulch because all…

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Joseph Eichler on NPR

PHOTO FROM NPR There’s a great  Eichler story this morning on NPR. You can find it here. I love hearing from the original home owners of the 50’s.  I find the same person who bought these different homes then buys them now; artistic, creative, well-traveled, nature lover. There’s an Austrian woman in our neighborhood who I adore and…

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Glorious Nights!

The weather has definitely taken a turn for summer!  This weekend we were in the 90’s during the day making the evenings in the 70’s!  We started eating outside again!  It’s amazing how candlelight and carnie lights can change the mood of a place just like that!  The girls want to play and it’s so…