Wednesday, November 28, 2012


If you are a hot pepper nut like me you will want to check out this site. They have every pepper out there.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

An Awesome Artist!

Please check out these awesome Christmas cards from my dear friend, Cathe in Tennessee who is almost totally blind. She lives alone on her mountain and visits her husband who resides in a Veterans home because of an incurable brain injury called, Frontal Lobe Dementia. I really admire her for many reasons.

Christmas Cards by Artist Cathe

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our Bamboo News from Lewis Bamboo

Our Bamboo News from Lewis Bamboo

Do you love bamboo but not sure where to purchase? Lewis Bamboo is highly recommended by me. Check out their marvelous website with more pics and information than you will find at any other bamboo nursery that I am aware of. They have been around for a long time and can be trusted to do right by all their customers.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why Do Some Cats Give "Love Bites?" | The Smart Living Network

Why Do Some Cats Give "Love Bites?" | The Smart Living Network

I have had more cats than I can count over the years. I've had cat rescues with up to 30 cats to care for and I've also fostered cats for others when they were unable to care for their cat. During this time I have learned a lot about cats but this one was always a puzzle for me since not all cats do this. Interesting read!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

backyard cottage blog: backyard cottage workshop next week

backyard cottage blog: backyard cottage workshop next week: Would you like to learn more about backyard cottages, meet others thinking about building a backyard cottage and talk to experts in the desi...

A very good thing for those with aging parents or to rent out for extra income. You could get your own home paid for this way!!!! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012


It's that time of year when I plant Pansies to get us through the boring days of winter. Having  a short winter is nice, but still...winter is winter.

Since I need to stay away from germs this time of year, Db went to Lowes and bought me three flats of mixed colors for all the pots and hanging baskets I need to replace. From late spring to this time of year I grow Impatiens in those pots and baskets. We haven't had a frost yet so they are still blooming but are straggly looking from being so rootbound. You can see how they looked in earlier posts after I had them planted up in spring.

Yesterday I planted up ten containers but I have at least another ten to do today. I always re-use most of the potting soil by taking a bulb planter and cutting out three holes in the rootbound potting soil. I then take a sharp knife and slice through all the roots left to help in the decompostiton. This saves me a lot of expensive potting soil which I buy in 50# bags from our local feed and seed store.

After the pansies are planted I water them well with lukewarm water with Bach Rescue Remedy added to help them recover from the shock. I always gently rip the roots apart before I plant them as well as remove all flowers and buds so that they will immediately start to spread out into the potting soil. A bit new soil is added to the holes and all over the top.

A week after planting, I water them once a week with my "Magic Elixir" and they begin to take off like a rocke!. If the temps are going to fall into the twenties I will cover all of them with a small piece of frost blanet and take it off after the sun rises. 

These will grow on till mid April when I replace them with Impatiens once again. I used to switch off every year by using Wax Begonias which also do well down here all through the spring/summer, but I have found that the Impatiens give a much bigger "punch" for the money.

I will add some pictures later tonight or tomorrow after I have finished with the planting.

Friday, November 09, 2012

50 Crafts and Projects Using Recycled, Repurposed, & Upcycled Cans {Saturday Inspiration & Ideas}

50 Crafts and Projects Using Recycled, Repurposed, & Upcycled Cans {Saturday Inspiration & Ideas} 

This is something I am always looking for...what to do with my emtpy tin cans. I use them for many things but always looking for more. I hope you will enjoy checking them out as much as I did.