Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I have always envied those who could just sit and write.

I struggle with devoting my whole attention to a project I’m working on for long periods of time. I feel I will be known as a person who knows how to do everything but not good at one thing. I dabble here and there when something interests me. I never stick around long enough to get good at it.

I am determined not to do this in my writing.

Every day I wake up and say that I want to accomplish something. A chapter written, more detail to the outline, or more piquant details for my character. Yet every day I fail to accomplish the full goal. Why?

I think I have ADD, or some form of it.

I either get so board of what I’m doing and have to go do something else or my mind wonders away so many times that it takes all day to finish half of my goal.

I’m sure you have read the story of the lady whose husband comes home and asks what she did that day. She knows she was busy yet not a darn thing was finished. When I read that story I felt someone had followed me around and wrote about me.

So, I’m reevaluating. I think my goals should be shorter. It will take me longer to write my book, but maybe I won’t be so frustrated with myself and give up, which I’ve thought about many times.

I’m not alone out there, Right?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Flowers

Spring is here!
 I just love to see the daffidils shine their pretty little heads above ground.

Flowers make me happy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Notes from My Square Foot Gardening Class

Why Garden in Boxes and Pots?

1. Control the quality of the soil

2. Control water usage

3. Less Weeds

4. Less use of bulking and expensive tools

5. Boxes and Pots can help in sheltering crops

6. More plants in smaller spaces


1/3 peat moss-holds moisture

1/3 Vermiculite- holds water better than a sponge, never decomposes, adds air space

1/3 Compost- Add nutrients

Fertilizers-make your own basic- Nitrogen-25.4 Phosphorus- 48.6 Potasium-23.7

1 part blood meal

2 parts bone meal

3 parts wood ash

4 parts composted leaf mold

Each year as you harvest or before you plant, add 1 trowel full of compost to each square foot. Sprinkle with fertilizer then mix in soil.

Watering- Culinary water is the best to use. “Watering trees with canal water will shorten their lives. The salt in the lake water is too high and slowly weakens and kills the trees.” ~Bart Anderson. I would suppose the same for your plants.

1. Hand watering- When you plant your seed, make a dish type indentation. This is where you will pour your water. The ideal condition is to fill your bucket the day before for two reasons. 1-to sun warm the water, plants like it. Cold water causes the plants to go into a slight shock. 2- Allows the chlorine and other chemicals to evaporate or settle out if the water is allowed to sit for 24 hours. This method wastes the least amount of water.

1- Straight out of the hose- If you do this use a shower head close to the roots.

2- Drip system- A very convenient way to water. You can set when the timer comes on and when it goes off. It is expensive though.

3- Overhead sprinkler- convenient but wastes water and wets the foliage, leading to disease and can attract undesirable insects.


To control weeds from growing up underneath, place several layers of newspaper, cardboard or use weed barrier cloth.

Most of the weeds you will get will land on top.

The only tools you need for weeding are your thumb and index finger to pluck them out.


You won’t need hoes, tillers or other big equipment.

Only tools you really need are a towel to add nutrients and to turn the soil.

Boxes and Pots

If you want to build boxes use wood that has not been treated. See if you can find scrap wood to use that is free. You can also use bricks, tires, or pots. You need at least 6” of soil. You determine how deep.

If you have deep pot you can fill the bottom with filler dirt, sand, or pebbles.

Your boxes can be any length but preferably no more than 4 feet wide. Ideally you need to be able to reach 2 feet in all the way around.

Never walk on your soil. It will compact it.

To save space you can grow tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, melons, small pumpkins, peas and beans vertically.

Don’t use plastic or wood for vertical structures. They are not stable enough.

You can use electrical conduit or metal fencing.

You can also dig out the ground and replace with good dirt for your box.

To shelter plants from harsh weather you can construct out of PVC pipe and plastic a cover.


1 seed per square foot       2 seeds per square foot         4 seeds per square foot 

Broccoli                              Cucumber                           Swiss chard                         
Cabbage                                                                        Corn                                 
Cauliflower                                                                     Lettuce
Eggplant                                                                         Parsley
Muskmelon                                                                    Peas

9 seeds per square foot           16 seeds per square foot

Beans                                         Beets
Spinach                                      Carrots

1 seed per 3’x3’                                4 seeds per 4’x4’

 Squashes                                             Tomatoes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
But Thyme Grows in the Garden

She’ll heal your wounds but can’t fly,
Bestow courage at night when you lie.
She’ll soothe your throat and ease a cough,
An ailing head she’ll put-off.
On her back you can walk and she’ll take the beating,
To inhale her aroma induces warm feelings.
 A versatile herb every dish she revives,
We should obtain a little more thyme in our lives.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Husband Joins the Circus

My husband’s idea of a vacation means a week of doing what he wants. Up early Monday morning, he got his breakfast then he would dive right into one of the strategy games he loved so much.

The three older children dragged themselves in like zombies to grab their breakfast before school only to stop and stare at their dad, who was normally at work by now.

“Dad, what are you doing home?” the oldest asked.

In his matter of fact voice he said, “Oh I quit my job. I decided I want to join the circus. I have an audition for the high wire act this morning.”

An immediate chorus of nu-uh’s echoed in the kitchen.

That afternoon when the kids got home from school, they ran in to ask their dad how the audition went.

“Well, turns out I’m a little too heavy for the high wire, but they said I could come back tomorrow for the human cannonball act.”

A little excited, the kids ran off to display their reaction.

I have to say that I was enjoying this too, confirming to them that he was really auditioning.

The next morning dad was sitting at the breakfast table again, not at work, as he would be all week. Each evening telling the kids that he didn’t make the cut and then reassuring them that he would be back the next day to try something else, a trapeze artist, a lion tamer or working with the elephants. What kind of parents are we?

That Friday, a neighbor came over to visit me.

“Is everything with Brad’s job ok?” She was concerned.

I assured her that his job was well and we had no worries.

Then she explained that she was helping in the classroom earlier. They were discussing jobs. Specifically what jobs their dads have.

Samantha, our third, got up in front of the class to tell her peers that her father works in the circus.


“Dad since you didn’t get into the circus, what are you going to do?”

“I think I want to be a nurse.”

Monday, January 10, 2011

The art of Chocolate

Every year, after I have forgotten about all the back aches, cold noses and toes, I dip chocolates.
Don't get me wrong, I love doing it. I especially love the joy it brings others. Not many people hate chocolate.
The Tradition started with my Grandma Richardson. Every year we would go over to her house and help roll the cherry cordials for her to dip. I loved it. We would spend hours talking about everything under the sun. She never let me do the actual dipping cause the pot was just too hot for us.
After I got married I found that my sister-in-law dipped chocolates. She taught me the art of hand dipping. Much different from what my grandmother did.
Fifteen years later I continue the tradition. And My Grandmother Calls me every year to thank me for them and for caring out her tradition.
I have taught a couple of my friends and we now make a weekend of it up in Bear lake.
Cutting the centers to size takes up one whole day.
With modern technology, dipping is now easier and faster!!

And the view is fabulous.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Murder Mystery Dinner

For my 40th I wanted to have a Murder Mystery Dinner. I think it turned out fabulous! The Characters were:
Brad the Chamberlain and me, Queen Elizabeth

His Eminence Diego Menendez de Aviles (Richard) and Mistress Frances Walsingham(Pam)

General Fitzbacon (Bryan) and Senorita Juanita (Sara)

Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex (Jason) and Philippe of France (Stacy)

Master Chris Marlow (Taylor) and Mary, Queen of Scots (Sherri)

Master Wm. Shakespeare (Noel) and Mistress Nagel (Kristy)

Sir Frances Drake ( Rick) and Mistress Jane Dee (Kim)

Signor Pico della Mirandola (Randy) and Hobbs (Janae)
Missing Master Edward Kelly (Mike) and Lady Catherine Northwood (Cathy)

The large table that held the twenty of us

My Crown was too big and kept falling down!

I had Mary put in the stocks!

There were duels that took place. Rock, Paper Scissors :)

Here we are trying to decifer the Murder.

Queen Elizabeth was secretly Married to the Earl. Here we are on the hot plate!

I love this picture of Pam. Can't you just hear her, "Really Hun?"

The night was a blast. Thanks to all my friends that participated so fully. You all made my night!