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Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Prince Charles Caricature + A Movie Recommendation

This made me laugh. I found it in a humorous article. 


I watched this 1982 movie last night on Acorn and absolutely loved it. It is available to watch other places too. Here is a Google Search to find your place to watch 'A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER'. It is based on a true story. Enjoy and let me know if you liked it too.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mowed Yesterday, Just in Time!

Yesterday. Back yard with blooming Wisteria. The red showing through is my barn garage. It was a perfect day, not too hot, but the grass was still wet from a Monday night rain. I waited until mid afternoon to start so it wasn't that much of a problem for my walk-behind mulching mower. Early spring grass is always the easiest mowing of the year.


Today. This is a view from the sliding glass door where the new acquisition with 16 drawers lives in my mom's old sitting room. I bought a John Deere used riding mower from a neighbor this year to do the rest of my property all the way down to the way back. I have to wait for another lesson from my neighbor so I know exactly how to operate it because it isn't like my last one. I had a large John Deere at my two previous homes but this one is much smaller and I think it's going to be perfect.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Most Amazing Kitchen EVER ! ! !


This interior photograph looks like a Dutch painting, doesn't it? To see all the detail and study it, click photo to enlarge. It is actually an advertisement for an English brand called NEPTUNE. Their spring collection is all about the neo-rustic style in English country houses. See the entire collection here. I might have to save each and every photo to study more closely and swoon over. Yes, I know. I find the best things to share with you. You're welcome. xo

Monday, May 3, 2021

My DIY Compost Bin

I have had recycling kitchen scraps on my mind for a very long time and a week ago I ordered a countertop bin and I love it. I have tried other methods with an old copper cannister and coffee cans but they were harder to use when chopping veggies and wanting to dispose of the waste and stuff got slimy and stinky before it was time to empty. This little item I bought lives on top of my double bin step-on garbage on top of the side I seldom use. I can open it even if my hands are full and the lid opens and closes with a one-finger touch. There was no odor after 5 days of refuse I dumped in my compost bin yesterday. It is the perfect size for me and I hunted down every single kitchen scrap that passed me by. I filled it almost to the brim in 5 days while I scoured the internet for the perfect DIY to make from a plastic storage bin. I already have two large old bins that were empty and waiting and more filled with junk in the loft over my garage. The one I used is old enough to be marked Made in USA rather than China. I would have looked for a black one if I were purchasing new but this is a win win way to recycle the bin I already owned.

I drilled holes on all sides and on the bottom for air flow and drainage.





I searched so many DIY sites and decided on this size holes because I felt some of the other sites used holes much too large. I have brick-sized blocks on the bottom to keep slime from forming. As I mentioned before, there are random holes drilled all over the bottom too. I put a metal tray with sides to catch the overflow after a rain. I bought it years ago from a lady who used it for pizza but it was too big for my oven or under my sink. I am finding uses for all my junk this year. I put my bin outside my basement door in the shade. If I had put it in a sunny location, it would have dried out too quickly.

I followed this funny lady's suggestions except for the size of the holes. Her little dog made me laugh. There were many, many other DIY sites that used holes the size of mine. I have a plug-in drill and it worked perfectly. The tub was much harder to drill than I expected and I was glad I had the power of an electric drill. I honestly didn't even know I had it until I discovered it last week in my garage while I was organizing there.

Here is my original Google Search for DIY Compost Bins. The first one that caught my eye had big holes drilled in the lid and bottom only. I opted for the holes all over approach. I can't wait to open it to see what is happening inside but will wait until my little kitchen bin is full before I do. Then I will stir things up before adding my second batch of stuff that is appropriate. Here is a pictorial link for the things I can  and cannot use. I was surprised to see dryer lint and hair or fur are allowed. Now I can clean out my hairbrushes too and leave some of my DNA in my finished compost. 


Little bin atop my step-in garbage. It comes in white too which I would get white if I wanted it to live on my kitchen counter. The gray one is perfect here and within easy reach when I want it on the counter.

My first layer in my newly-drilled bin was dried leaves. My second layer was dirt. My third layer was my first load of kitchen scraps that I covered with fresh grass. I am new at this and will keep you posted. xo

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Apple Hand Pies


These look absolutely delicious and they are beautiful too. via

I had a busy day working outside making a compost bin for my kitchen scraps. More about that later. xo

NEW POST ABOUT MY DIY COMPOST BIN IS UP AND RUNNING.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Missy is Back. Weekend visitor.


Missy is so calm and polite. I am in the process of mixing her breakfast kibble with hot water in this photo and she's not jumping around, drooling, or whining with excitement. She's just calmly waiting! She gobbled it right down though. She arrived on Friday morning and will probably stay until Monday morning. Have a great weekend and Happy May First. xo


HOME is where the ❤️is.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Vintage House Plans - House with A Sleeping Porch




United States, 1929: Design for an Eight Room House A 1.5-story house with a library, washroom on the main floor, and sleeping porch For Home Lovers by National Lumber Manufacturers Association, 1929. (St. Paul, MN, USA)  Images found here.


Home is where the heart is.