A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

I've planted vegetables, fruit bushes, and quite a few trees. But I'd never messed with shrubs in my yard because it just seemed like something too big and too small at the same time. I mean, either pick a tree or a little plant that can go into a bed with others just fine. Well, … Continue reading A wannabe green thumb tackles shrubs for the first time…

After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Maybe the idea was in the back of my mind, but I've wasted a good portion of the day (which I could not afford to do) opening and closing web pages on getting more tree and plant ideas (which I can't afford to buy right now, anyway). I suppose going out and placing landscaping barrier … Continue reading After all this time, I hadn’t figured out what I really wanted to do with my planting. Then I saw this…

Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…

Two days of intense work outside. My dogs were out with me a good chunk of the time and now they're snoring away on their chairs. I'm an inch away from doing the same. I finally got my knee in good enough shape (not feeling like it wanted to twist and stab on me) that … Continue reading Worn out after 2 days of intense outside work. House looks a little less like an abandoned property at last…

I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

I remember always hearing about the three-day hump when trying something new. I have a feeling it's gonna be next Wednesday by the time I can remotely succeed. I blame the weather. The freaking fantastic weather that came out to play most of this week (today was a hot exception because the wind was gone). … Continue reading I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…

My excitement over getting a new self-sustaining chapter in my life has started developing a bitter taste the past few weeks, and it's only getting worse. Don't get me wrong, I like the solar company I'm working with and they are doing what they can to help me out. It's the financing company we both … Continue reading Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…

My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

I'm still trying to figure out this weekend and what all I got done or could do. Then again, intense sleep depravation doesn't help recollections all that well. I just hope I got enough done that I can look at in the morning and be satisfied, and come up with a fair-weather plan for the … Continue reading My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

I'm sure most of us Texans have been happy to live in Texas (until now) specifically because we don't get the crazy cold temperatures. You can call us wusses on that if you want, I guess. I suppose it's not much different than the folks who live way up north because they can't stand muggy, … Continue reading Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

This wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Rather, it's been a recurring idea I've had the past decade, but til I got my own house, there was no point even trying for it. The idea of being mostly off the grid and going solar was some daydream. I did some research and made a call yesterday. Funny … Continue reading With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…