Miscellaneous

Rip Tides

One of my favorite proverbs is “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, because that’s so how often how I feel about things these days. As a perfectionist, the list is always miles long, and the days are always hours short. There are things I want to create – sewing, photo albums, writing,… Continue reading Rip Tides

Miscellaneous

Turning Fear Into Security

A lot of women read romance novels, but not me – my two favorite types of fiction are historical novels (where real or realistic people and events from history are dramatized) and, wait for it – the so-called “apocalypse”/prepper fiction genre. These are the novels that dramatize a world in which our current society essentially… Continue reading Turning Fear Into Security

Gardening

Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening

Apparently, I need to start the onion seeds as of yesterday (actually, quite a few yesterdays ago). It’s been years since I attempted to grow onions from seed, and even longer since I’ve grown any varieties of onions other than green bunching. It’s only February second, and I already feel a touch like I’m behind… Continue reading Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening

Gardening

On Making Good Decisions

The annual flood of seed catalogs began in early December, and as usual I was easily seduced by their offerings. My favorite catalogs are obsessively highlighted, and I compiled shopping lists that approached mildly ridiculous double-digit sums. But as any “responsible” gardener does, I pulled out my seed box to take inventory before dropping hard… Continue reading On Making Good Decisions

Crafting · Food Preservation · Gardening · Miscellaneous

Overdue Books

I got quite a few review books last fall that I had the intention of reviewing right then and there, but then I got hit by the freight train of life and they languished on the shelf for quite a long time. But now that I’ve got a breather in between school terms, it’s the… Continue reading Overdue Books

Miscellaneous

The Long Winter & Finding Balance

Time flies… maybe not necessarily when you’re having fun, but when you’ve got your head down in survival mode. The last five months have been hard graft, but I got through it. I took my highest credit load for school yet, all why still trying to work a full time wage job, be an active… Continue reading The Long Winter & Finding Balance

Miscellaneous

Searching for the Ancestors of ‘Farm House Vintage’

All over internet-land, “farm house vintage” is a hot commodity, predominately of the Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper style imprint. So much so, that emulating the designs on the show has become big business, and the lodestar of home decorators the world over. To be clear, I don’t have any beef with the (presumably) very nice… Continue reading Searching for the Ancestors of ‘Farm House Vintage’