From the Garden to Our Plates

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We neglected our garden this summer while we were traveling. As a result, we do not have as much produce as we could considering how much we planted. Despite the neglect, our Kentucky wonder beans are thriving.

Green beans in the garden

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Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

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Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

Gently cut the grass,

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
I’m a happy lass.

You can imagine me singing the opening lines of this post to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Actually, it would be even better if you sing it yourself, but then you might get it stuck in your head all day, which is what happened to me. I would attach a video of me singing the song for you, but then no one would ever come back to this blog.

If you did not already figure it out, this post is about cutting the grass. While this is vastly different than cutting the rug, there is a certain grace to it, especially if you have a push mower, which we do.

Human powered push mower

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Down the Water Spout

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I have wanted a rain barrel for a while now. Douglas received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, and we decided to use it to buy one. Amazon has a lot of rain barrels to choose from, but we chose this one after doing some research. We also bought this downspout diverter to go with it. Again, there were many diverters to choose from, and we chose the one that we thought would work the best for us. You might want a different kind.

Rain barrel

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Lazy Dayz in the Garden

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Last week was our first week of summer vacation, and we spent it preparing for our yard sale last weekend. I have a lot of projects planned for this summer while we have more time. Unfortunately, I do not seem to have the motivation to complete any of them. I have been slowly cleaning the house, which was a huge mess after the sale this weekend, but other than that things have been stalled. We have been lazing around and enjoying the yard.

In the yard

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Stop and Smell the Roses

 

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Yellow roses

I thought this post was going to be about my awesome Craigslist find this week. I had it almost entirely written in my head and was just waiting for a moment to be able to sit down and write the post. I was also waiting for a moment when the sun was out and my house was clean to take a picture of my great score. Those two things, the sun and the clean house, almost never happen simultaneously.

Pink roses

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Finding Beauty in a Time of Sadness

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A good friend of mine is on the board of the United Way of Norman, OK. He posted on Facebook the other day that it has been a challenging time for them. If you would like to help but are unsure what you can do, they are collecting money to help with the relief effort.

Yellow Marigolds

Yellow Marigolds

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Hammock Time

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Is there anything more relaxing than a hammock in the summer?

In 2007, I bought a hammock in Venezuela. Since then, I have lived in six different houses and the hammock just keeps moving with me but has never gone up.

Last summer, I found a hammock stand at BJs that was a reasonable price. I do not recall exactly how much it cost, but it was under a hundred dollars. This hammock standis similar, but I think the one I got was cheaper. Doing another search I found this awesome Wooden Curved Arc Hammock Stand that even comes with the hammock. I wish that I had seen this before I bought mine!

Back to my story, I never did not hang up the hammock last summer even though I had the stand. We took apart the unused stand in the fall and stored it in the shed.

Finally, last weekend, we pulled it out, and I hung up my hammock!

Hammock

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A Shrubbery and the Knights that Say Ni

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After two years, we finally have our shrubbery. When someone tries to come into our yard, we stand there and say, “None shall pass.” Well, that part is not true. Even with the shrubbery, the neighbor’s kids are constantly coming into our yard. Our neighbor is mortified by it, but I do not mind. I actually like having the kids around while I am working. They are two and five.

There are no pictures of how horrible this side of the yard ever looked. I was sure that there must be photographic proof somewhere, but I have spent a couple of hours now searching for evidence and have come up empty-handed. All I have is this picture of the back yard before I moved in.

back yard in 2009

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