Saturday, June 26, 2010

Children's Garden...

this is the reason I grow things
is the garden!



Once the tomato plants are about 3' tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1' of stem. These are usually the first leaves to develop fungus problems. They get the least amount of sun and soil born pathogens can be unintentionally splashed up onto them.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Recyclable, portable, non- breakable and waterproof

Father's Day Table
Decorations and Giveaways

Yes, I'm talking about a vase.

For years I sent my kids to school
with flowers for their teacher this way.
This is one of my favorite ways to give flowers to someone.

First, Tom gives me his empty or not so empty pop can.
It's OK if there is any pop left in the can.

~~~See Tidbits below~~~

Then I get out the tin foil.
(aluminum foil)

Wrap the can real tight.
Just roll the can and cover the edge.
Then roll it back and forth a few times to secure it.
You won't even need Gorilla glue!

Next, squish the ends of the foil
around the top and bottom.

There you have a simple vase.
At this point you can add a ribbon.
Don't forget to add water before you
fill the "vase" with flowers.

.The hole is big enough for plenty of flowers.
But small enough that they won't flop around.

I never run out of vases.
Flowers, yes. Vases, no!

Add some 7Up or a heaping spoon full of sugar to the water. The energy from the sugar will help the blooms last longer. A few drops of lemon juice will keep water fresher.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II

I have participated in a Blogger Party,
hosted by Karen over at My Desert Cottage

Welcome to Paris!

This is where I create my posts.
Some of you know that I name the rooms in our home
and this room is called Paris.

My creative work space.

I have about seven Eiffel Towers dispersed all around.
I also have a collection of milk glass containers.

View to my left.

This room use to be our son's bedroom.
The walls are painted a green/gray color.
But most of the decorations are black and white.

View to my right
Oh, I almost forgot.
I collect white ceramic bunnies (book shelf).

View of the backyard.

Now, many of you are just getting to know my husband, Tom,
through his blog.
We share this room.
So the next few pictures are of the "other" side of Paris.

View from the doorway.

We both use tables as our desks.
And yes, that huge monster on Tom's desk,
is an old but working computer monitor.

The view when I turn around.

Tom took off one to the closet doors,
so he could lean back and daydream,
ah... I mean get creative.

Tom's creative space.

I don't dare post any close up pictures.
It's all a work in progress, so he says.



In winter of 2004 the first floor of an «Iron Lady» was re-equipped into an ice skating rink. This was some sort of an advertising of Paris as 2012 winter Olympiad candidate.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Home

So you see this smiling face?
It's not the only face I found, lately.
I found this one a few weeks ago.
This is my husband's chair.
Betsy, over at My Five Men , has come up with faces in all kinds of food.
I'm finding them around our house!
The towel holder broke away from the wall
and that is when I saw the smiley face.

(I love blogging because Bloggers appreciate even the silliest things.
A smiley face on a bathroom wall,
don't see that everyday.)
Skin softener:
In a blender, mash three peeled cucumbers. Cucumbers provide gentle toning and stimulate new cell production. While showering, apply the mash to a hard sponge and scrub your entire body. Rinse well.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


"There can be no other occupation like
Gardening in which,
if you were to creep up
behind someone at their work,
You would find them
~Mirabel Osler~

The Children's Garden
This is where you can find me this weekend.
And yes, I'll be smiling!

If you pinch new shoots at the growing points, you'll encourage branching, which produces more growth for flowering.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gorilla Glue and what it can do...

This is Gorilla Glue

This is my husband's shoe.
And this is what he did with his shoe and glue
Now, he doesn't know what to do!
Tom had the tip of the sole come apart from his shoe.
I told him to try some Gorilla Glue.
He smeared the glue all over the sole until it ozzed out and then ducked taped it together.
When he took off the tape this is what he ended up with.
It is rock hard!
Tom has a motto and it goes like this;
"If a little is good, a lot is better."
For removing glue left behind by stickers, price tags, and other manufacturer or store applications, try simple rubbing alcohol. Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and hold it over the area in question. Once the residue is thoroughly moistened, gently scrape the glue residue off and repeat the process until the glue is completely removed.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another High School Year Is Over

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Every year I get sentimental about the students who are graduating and moving on.
You'd think, that after so many years of working at the high school, I would get use to the students leaving, but I don't.
I will miss Anthony, who is slow but, oh... so wonderful and kind.
I will miss Kimberly, who still needs someone to tell her she is great.
I will miss Jordan who makes me laugh, just by entering the office.
I will miss Mary who was there to helped me out, everyday.
I will miss Noah, who has a very high IQ and I still can't figure out what we were talking about.
I will miss Andre, who just hung around (and needed) to be apart of the office crew.
These students came to my office everyday and helped me do my job.
I got to know them. They trusted me enough, to tell me their teenage problems and also their dreams.
Some of them I have watched grow up, in the three short years at school.
Others came to me for a brief but rewarding time.
I tried to make each of them feel important.
I tried to make memories.
Congratulations Class of 2010!

Mortarboards (cap):
Properly worn with shorter point of crown to the front and mortarboard parallel to the ground.
Should be worn on the left side of the mortarboard.
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