Fall Florida Garden

Fall Florida Garden

One of the great benefits of living in the sub-tropical climate of central Florida is that we can garden almost all year-round (with the exception of the dead heat of summer … at that point all that will grow for me are hot peppers, which I don’t love!)

Autumn is such a great time of year here. While everyone else is starting to bundle up, we’re just now starting to turn off the air conditioning for a few hours in the morning and enjoy our outdoor spaces. And part of that for me is amping up my garden for the cool (but mild) fall and winter months. Continue reading


Laura Ingalls & Processed Foods

Laura Ingalls & Processed Foods

I’m a little bit obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Not the semi-fictitious character in her “Little House” books as much as the author herself, as farm wife and neighbor and mentor and friend. I’ve been reading her articles that were published regularly in the Missouri Ruralist newspaper for about a decade, starting around 1913. So cool to read her thoughts from 100 years ago that sound so similar to some of my thoughts these days … living close to the land, being kind and neighborly, raising chickens and a garden, doing your best to keep your home nice, taking time for yourself when life gets super-busy.

The World’s Fair 1915

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mrs. Wilder visited the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco … a big trip from her home in the Ozarks where she lived with husband “Manly.” Continue reading

Art Gallery, Home-style

Art Gallery, Home-style

Here’s a fun and simple way to display your munchkin’s artwork … and a great, cheap solution for decorating a blank wall! It’s also the perfect spot to hang paintings or other crafts while they dry. Rotate the display every once in a while, and you’ve got your very own revolving art gallery!



All you need is some picture hanging wire, 2 decorative hooks, and some mini-clothespins. (I ordered mine on Amazon.)




Hang the wire, stretched tightly, on the 2 hooks. Voila!

The Simple Life: Easily Amused

The Simple Life: Easily Amused

I love this photo of my Uncle Wayne and Grandpa Watts spending a quiet evening on the farm in Minnesota … around the mid-1950s. When did our modern world of entertainment get so complicated and technical? Why are we so busy?

I’ve heard of Meatless Mondays and Wordless Wednesdays … let’s go for       Simple Sundays (or the day of your choice) and have an evening of unplugged entertainment once a week. What a great example to set for our kids!

The simple life. It’s good for the soul!