Loving Living in Colorado!

There’s so many things I love about living in Colorado, but camping and hiking in the mountains are at the top of the list. I love Rocky Mountain National Park… it’s the Rockies, right? But exploring southern Colorado this past weekend was a delightful surprise–WOW! Look what we saw hitchhikin’ on the drive up to […]

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Gardening In Window Wells

Gardening has always been a matter of intuition and experiment for me. For some time, I’ve wondered if gardening in a window well could be successful, and now that I’m living in a home with basement windows, I’m going to experiment and find out 🙂 It seems to me that window wells would be an […]

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Painting Upholstered Furniture

Painting upholstered furniture is a quick and inexpensive way to transform a piece of furniture, as opposed to reupholstering or slipcovering. It makes a piece somewhat waterproof, and therefore great for outdoor rooms. The fabric will not be soft after you paint upholstery, so don’t use this method if you want something to cuddle on. I’ve […]

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This is a picture of Freshwater Bay Beach in Clallam County, Washington State

Why I Love the OP!!

… And I mean the Olympic Peninsula, not the Ocean Pacific, which I love as well, but Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is my home-away-from-home and it speaks to my heart the way no other place that I’ve been to does other than my Colorado home, and Mackinac Island of course. Water and Woods! My favorite!! I’ve […]

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Quick & Easy DIY Photo Wreath

Here’s a Quick & Easy DIY Photo Wreath that’s a fun way to display lots of photos. Once you’ve gathered your pics and materials, this project can be completed in a half an hour, including hanging. The picture of the finished project isn’t that good, but I’ll upload another one when I can, which will […]

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This is a picture of a wall cabinet made a vintage window

DIY – Old Window Wall Cabinet

I love old windows and this DIY – Old Window Wall Cabinet is a great way to use them. This is the third cabinet like this I’ve had and I think they look great in just about any room. My last cabinet like this hung above a garden tub and I kept candles and pretty […]

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I Am the doc

My Flick Pick for the Season!

Because I think this is a great piece to watch if you want to be lifted and inspired at this time of year, I posted, tweeted, and now I’m blogging about the documentary I Am that was released in 2010. During the holidays we’re all a little more openhearted, and we take the time to […]

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Picture of a half of an acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms and barley

Acorn Squash Recipe

Acorn Squash Recipes: Mushroom & Barley Stuffed Acorn Squash This recipe for Mushroom & Barley Stuffed Acorn Squash is easy, delicious and looks pretty impressive on the plate. Unlike a stuffed squash recipe with another grain like brown rice, I don’t bake the barley stuffing in the squash because it dries it out and makes […]

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Cooking Acorn Squash

Cooking Acorn Squash: How to Cut and Cook an Acorn Squash Cutting winter squash isn’t like cutting through a tomato with a Ginsu Knife, but a few tricks will make the task safe, quick, and easy. Always clean the squash, even if you’re not eating the skin. Whatever is on the outside of the squash […]

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View of rafters going down the Rio Chama in New Mexico

Bucket List – River Rafting

Bucket List – River Rafting the Rio Chama I’m fifty-one years old and I’d never been river rafting, unless of course you count floating down the salt river on an inner tube when I was a teenager. I don’t, and river rafting was on my bucket list, so I jumped at the chance to join […]

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Grandchildren Meme: A Grandchild fills a space in your heart that you never knew was empty

Grandchildren — I Highly Recommend Them!

Grandchildren, Wow! I’ve heard people say how great it is to be a grandparent, and I thought, yeah, I’m sure it’s fun, but… Who knew? My son told me about a conversation that he had with his three year old that demonstrates why grandparents can lose their hearts to their grandchildren. The conversation was about […]

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Slipcovers - Hiding a Wood Headboard

Slipcovers — Hiding a Wood Headboard

Slipcovers: If I had to list my top five favorite decorating solutions, slipcovers would be #1 or #2 in the running with paint. When I was raising my sons, slipcovers prevented the wear and tear that three boys, plus their friends, could exact on a piece of furniture. I also used them to add a […]

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Artichoke Recipes: Colorful Photo of Green salad w/ Artichokes & Purple Potatoes

Artichoke Recipes — Greens, Artichokes & Baby Potatoes

[donotprint]Artichoke Recipes — Greens w/ Artichokes & Baby Potatoes Most of the time when I make a salad, I just chop up lots of greens and veggies that I have on hand, but when I harvest or find small colorful potatoes at the market, I make this Green Salad w/ Artichokes & Baby Potatoes – […]

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Mindy Kaling -Mindy Kaling -- Book Cover of "Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me"

Mindy Kaling – Book Review

Mindy Kaling — “Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns)” After reading, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” I’ve concluded Mindy Kaling would be a perfect role model for my teenage or twenty-something daughter, if I had one. While being terribly honest about her flaws, she manages to extol the […]

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GaGardening Ideas -- racks for growing transplants from seed

Gardening Ideas — DIY Growing Racks

Gardening Ideas — DIY Growing Racks This post may seem a bit off-season (smack-dab in the outdoor growing season), but it’s not, and I’ll tell you why. Getting transplants started at the right time is often a challenge for busy gardeners, so what better time to start preparing in order to hit the ground running […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- Using rags instead of towels

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… for Towel’s Sake!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… When I stayed in one of the cute little cabins at The Cowboy Village Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy, this bundle of rags and message were left on the bathroom vanity. What a great idea for a hotel that I’m sure has their “fluffy” white towels indelibly stained on a regular basis. […]

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