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    Our little homestead is comfie and cozy! I enjoy making it more comfortable and cozy through exploring ideas from other home-makers like me; and sharing my ideas in hopes of helping you become a little happier! I also like to do that while being frugal and living more economically! :smile2...
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    We signed the dotted line for the kitchen cabinets and countertop. Total cost will be about $9000, half of which we already put down in a deposit. We also bought a dishwasher and range hood, for $1100. Now all we need to do is buy the backsplash tile and decide on the flooring. August will...
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    Sorry for the long absence everyone. I had a slight problem with my heart over the winter months and now sport a brand new piece of equipment called a pacemaker. I feel much better now. However other areas in my life have suffered. What are we up to these days? We have embarked on a kitchen...
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    The leaves are already turning yellow on some of the trees across the alley! I feel cheated out of summer. I have been very busy. The last couple of days I canned 32 cups of sugar-free applesauce (with stevia). I also finished hooking 5 rugs for sale, and have another 4 almost ready to go...
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    What's that? :lol: Well things have slowed down a bit here, but I am busy catching up on my rest and crafting. I finally hung the paintings I had framed on the wall. It required an entire shuffle of paintings throughout the house. We decided to use our long hall wall as an art...
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    Had a kid from church come over to help DH mow the lawn and do some weeding. It started to rain, so they came inside and I had him help me make some Blueberry Muffins. He and hubby were right at it looking at astronomy stuff on the Internet. I invited him over sometime to use our telescope...
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    We have a large patio garden. Every year we plant at least 10 tomato plants, 4 or 5 assorted squash plants (we grow them vertical), pole and bush beans, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, radish, carrots, Swiss chard, spinach, beets, herbs, edible flowers, etc. There are over 30 pots to plant. Some...
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    Well hubby has decided that he only wants to start the yard redo this year. That is disappointing.:dis: But he has limited time and does not want to pay someone else to do it. So we are focusing on two 3' x 8' raised beds for this year. That's 24 4x4s at $20CAD ea...or $480CAD. I am not...
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    :lol3: Well, the cleaning girls didn't work out last summer. They decided not to show. We decided the youth need a lesson on responsibility and integrity. Hubby was not impressed with the church youth...or the church. As he doesn't attend, the behaviour of the youth did nothing to encourage...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    I am thinking about dropping my gym membership for the summer. Gardening is no joke! I have been shoveling mulch and my arms are so sore. Thanks for listening!
  11. Homesteading and gardening
    So a friend of mine was talking about the things she gardens and it made me interested enough to decide I wanted to try it. Unfortunately for me she lives in a different country then I do, so I am all alone in my endevour. Any ideas, instruction, or whatever would be greatly appreciated. I...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    Hi All, I recently learned how to turn on a computer and I need advise of where the best gardening tips are for my yard gardening. I am trying to grow tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, onions, etc. Please give me your valuable suggestions. Thanks in advance
  13. Homesteading and gardening
    I have the lids to some huge containers that I use for planting potatoes. I don't have any idea what to do with all these lids. I want to use them for something. So....I was wondering if I can grow something in the lids. Maybe a few drainage holes?? I can put some soil in the lid and possibly...
  14. Homesteading and gardening
    While browsing some garden and food blogs, I came upon some statistics about how many new veg gardeners there are. The timing of the uptick from 34% of us households growing veg in 2009 to 54% in 2010 coincides almost directly with the fall of Lehman Brothers, kinda interesting. I can say that...
  15. Question and Answer
    I plant lots of containers. [mostly flowers because we have a garden plot] Every year I spend a lot of money on potting soil. I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for saving money on that. We do compost, but I never seem to have enough .
  16. Homesteading and gardening
    Due to rising food costs I've decided to try growing some of my own veggies. There is no garden plot at my home and since I rent, cannot dig up lawn to create a garden so will try container gardening. Can anyone recommend any good (tried and true) books / websites that would be a help to this...
  17. Question and Answer
    Hi everyone ..... with rising costs I've decided to try my hand at growing some of my own vegetables. Unfortunately no garden plot at home and because I rent, can't dig up part of the lawn to turn into a garden. So will try my hand at container gardening. Does anyone know of any good books...
  18. Freebies
    Really Cool Gardening site, free gardening Ebook, free potting bench plans, grow your own plants for free.
  19. Homesteading and gardening
    I just ran across this article about what you can grow in a container - I thought it was fun. I do have a regular garden, but grow quite a few things in containers. I always have tomatoes in containers, which I start early. If it looks like bad weather, I can drag them into the garage. I have...
  20. Homesteading and gardening
    Did you know that you can grow another complete celery stalk from the bottom piece that you cut off and throw away? Re-Growing Celery | Farm Bell Recipes Very nice website...love it
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