Diggin’ Up Bones

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My calendar originally had today's spot reserved for an update on my moving announcement from earlier this year. I like to share more personal things on Fridays, but after yesterday's 2600+ word post, I've used up all my available brain cells that know how to edit things (plus, it's Friday night, so... beer). So even though that post is written, it will have to wait until next week until I can give it a polish (look for that sometime around Wednesday). But, I still feel the need to give you … [Read more...]

Flowers Gone Frankenstein

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It figures... just as I'm contemplating moving out of my house this year, I've finally found flowers for the mailbox that would work for me every single year and require so little maintenance that I've had to do zero upkeep on them. ALL SUMMER. And they look even better now than when I first planted them. A few months ago, I mentioned that yellow flowers are a great idea if you're trying to sell a house. According to experts, they draw the eye better than other colors – which is, of course, a … [Read more...]

A Whole Lotta Somethin’

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It seems like when I get rolling on several projects at once, this blog takes a serious hit in terms of quantity of posts.  And yet, my Instagram feed keeps plugging right along. Like Charlie and I getting a small break from the rain to make a new friend. Or, for instance, these beauties.  On a trip to Lowe's to grab the trim that will surround the new laundry room tile, I wandered into the garden section and picked up some new flowers.   As you can see from the scraggly … [Read more...]

Tips for Growing Hydrangeas

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I absolutely love hydrangeas.  Whether they are blue, green, white, purple, or pink, they are one of my favorite things about summer.  They were one of the first shrubs I ever planted in my yard (after the one I discovered in my back yard quickly died from overgrown ivy during the first year), and thankfully, they are growing back strong this year. I should also mention that when it comes to outdoor gardening, I do not have a green thumb.  I'm not even much of a fan of gardening, … [Read more...]

My Oops Container Garden

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I am not that great at plants.  Especially ones that aren't planted directly into the ground.  In fact, there's a large probability that they will croak inside of just a few weeks in my presence (I seem to have a Medusa-like-effect on potted plants - they turn brown within hours of my glancing at them).  So it should be no surprise to anyone that a free container gardening event at my local Orange would wind up like this on my ride home: Yep.  That, my friends, is what I like to call "an … [Read more...]

Going for Gold

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I am not exactly sure how I stumbled onto the info, but someone must have told me a long time ago that yellow flowers sell a house.  And for a long time, I just kind of assumed it was an old wives' tale.  But now that I've decided to prepare the house for sale, I got a little curious and checked with my old friend, Google.  And do you know where that lead? Yep. If you think about it in terms of color theory, we choose paint colors to invoke emotions all the time in home decor.  People … [Read more...]

The Backyard Makeover: Before and After

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After the third outdoor post this week, you're probably wondering what's going on with the kitchen progress.  I can assure you it's been on my mind (I've been watching videos and reading up about how to install my kitchen counters and sink when the time comes.  It makes me a little bit sad that I'm not carving the hole for the sink right this minute.  But I know I need to wait for some expert help to at least feel comfortable making that first cut). But despite knowing that you guys want to … [Read more...]

Backyard Makeover: Fall Color

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Let's say your good friend Amy brags to you that she actually "loves" doing yard work and gardening.  And you have a yard full o' this to work with: Clearly, there's a chance she's insane... but I have absolutely no ethical issues with taking advantage of her delusions and letting her stick her bare hands in dirt. And then, let's say The Home Depot sees your post about cleaning up your back yard and dangles a magical orange gift card in front of you - one that has the power to give … [Read more...]