Category Archives: DIY

Rented Mules

When Dave arrived home earlier than expected nine days ago, I took one look at his face and panicked. “I was downsized,” he said. This was less than optimal, but at least the timing was good. My income has risen … Continue reading

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Bathtub Epiphanies

All it took was lukewarm water to cement the idea in my head. Well, that and a stolen wheelbarrow. I’ll explain. On Saturday, the weather was fantastic, and I was eager to get back out in the yard and get … Continue reading

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Since I Can’t Afford Custom Clothing

For years I’ve dreamed of being able to afford custom, handcrafted clothing. And despite my many and varied skills, sewing is NOT in my wheelhouse. A hem or two, but that’s it. So I have pined for the artsy fartsy … Continue reading

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Hey, Let’s Build a Fence!

I have dreamed of enclosing this property with a nice tall privacy fence ever since I moved here. Having the last lot that wasn’t ours be used as a thoroughfare for folks taking a shortcut from one block to the … Continue reading

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Drink This!

Happy Turkey Day everyone! I woke up today at 6 a.m. and immediately headed to the kitchen to get the Caramel Pecan Cinnamon rolls ready and baking. We have just a few minutes to go until we get to enjoy … Continue reading

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Land and Zentangle

The Last Lot I am excited to announce that today, Tuesday, right before Thanksgiving, we will finally purchase the last lot, a sliver of land that sits between the end of our five lots and The Cottage, making our property … Continue reading

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Necessity is the Mother of…

Tomato soup. Okay, to be honest, it wasn’t really¬†necessity so much as I was in the mood for tomato soup¬†and I had already promised it. It went something like this. Every day that my contractor and friend Jay works, I … Continue reading

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I Should Be Painting, But…

I woke up this morning with an IDEA.   You know the kind. It is the solution to a problem which has been swirling around in your head for the longest time. In my case, it had to do with … Continue reading

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The Cottage Gets a Facelift

My wrists are aching and I am worn out! But thanks to my amazing family, friends, neighbors and more – here is what we managed to get done today. Nearly the entire house has its first coat of paint, and … Continue reading

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Mmmm…Swedish Meatballs

Before I share my newest yummy recipe with you, let me show you what’s floating around in my brain and distracting me from editing my sixth book… In Line With The Penny Floor My brain keeps on turning on what … Continue reading

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