Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's Almost Over but the Growin'

For once I actually remembered to post the before pictures! This is the slope on the South side of our house. As you can see it was a sad little hill in desperate need of some landscaping attention. Notice the poor little bare spot that sat directly under a rope swing that was removed the day I started this project. I started this project Sunday night on a whim and I think it is a huge change!

I'm not 100% finished as you can see. I still need to trim the weed paper and then I am going to use recycled plastic edging about 4 inches away from the rocks and then go back and add more mulch between the edging and the rocks so I won't have to worry about weeds or grass growing up in the rocks. I was so happy to be done last night that I just had to take pictures this morning and share.

So now I wait for the plants to grow. I've planted five dwarf bushes and lots of perennials. Near the back along the house I've planted assorted colors of cannas. I've also added May Night Salvia, Red Prairie Mallow, Orange Phlox, pink fairy lillies and hosta. I really don't expect the bulbs to bloom this year though I sure hope we get some action there. I am hoping though that next year it's just beautiful and definitely worth the work!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another Peek at What's Been Keeping Me Busy This Winter

I love the little ledge around the stairwell in my house. I like to display different things around it, depending on the season. For now, this is what I have come up with. Each little thing has a special meaning for me. Many are inherited items, some found, some purchased, but I love them all. Each one has a story and I think that's what makes them so special.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful...Winterproof With These Tips...

Someone from work gave me a copy of a page from Women's World magazine, listing some ideas for Winterproofing your car. Considering it's so cold I've wondered if there was ice in hell this week I thought I would share.

Ice Proof Your Windows: If you know there is a chance of ice, spray your windows the night before with a solution of 3 parts vinegar, one part water. The Vinegar is supposed to raise the melting point of water.

Fog Proof Your Windows: Spray shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe off with a paper towel to prevent fogging.

Winter Proof Your Headlights: Ever have your headlights covered with ice or snow so thickly that they don't work properly? Wipe car wax on the headlights to prevent the water or snow from accumulating on them. The water repellant in the wax keeps the water rolling off the lights.

Sqeak Proof Your Wipers: Grease and grime is the main reason that wipers squeak. Wipe wipers with rubbing alcohol to remove grease from the wipers which will improve their performance.

De-Ice Locks: Hand sanitizer works well for de-icing locks. squirt some on the lock and also on the key and it should fix the lock. Must be more than 60% alcohol to work though.

If you get stuck on ice or snow and just need some traction to get you moving, you can use your floor mat in front of the tire (rubber side up). When you try to drive off again, the tire should get traction off the mat.

Hope you find these tips as useful as I did and stay safe and warm!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gracie McClung, one of the Greatest Women of all Time

November 29th was a day that I imagine I'll remember forever. That's the day that my Grandmother lost her battle with cancer. Rather than dwell on the battle that she lost, I would rather concentrate on her life and the woman that she was. I am so honored to have been her Grandaughter for 32 years.

Grandmother was raised on a farm and married a farmer for 47 years before my Grandad, Irvin died. As you will see in this video, the farm and family was her life. To some her world was small, but she made the world something special to all that knew her, sometimes if only with something as simple as a meal served with beautiful presentation. She loved ferris wheel rides, going for "deer runs" (taking a drive before sunset to look for deer), cooking for family and friends, and her dog Ben. She disliked mice, blue jays and people who bragged a lot or constantly talked about nothing. She was an amazing cook and fed just about anyone who would accept the invitiation. She took pride in decorating her home and that always changed with the seasons.

For Grandmother, it was all in the details. From a special tablecloth, an especially nice quilt on the bed for company, using a partictular glass that she knew I liked or being sure to have chocolate chip cookies in the cookier jar. Those are the kind of details that I don't seem to have time for because I work full time. Either I don't make time or there just isn't time.

She influenced the woman that I am today in ways that she probably never knew and I hope that you will get to know her a little too by watching this tribute video. This video was compiled from family photographs and created by my cousins Shannon, Erin, Ashley and husband Daniel, and Allison and fiance David.

Gracie McClung November 13, 1921- November 29, 2009