Jan 31, 2010

My Winter Gardens

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
Barbara Winkler

"Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them."
- Vincent A. Simeone

Jan 27, 2010

My Hubby's Amazing Talent

My husband Steve is amazing! I can't tell you how much fun it is to see what he can come up with when he starts a project. If I see something I like on the web or an idea I have, all I have to do is show him a picture of it. Presto! It is made.

His latest project is this Harley Davidson V-twin motorcycle. As we both try to recycle and repurpose most of our items, he decided to really put himself to the test and build this bike completely from items that he had in his shop. My husband is a machinist and every tiny detail of this model is handmade by him.

The engine is built from bolts, a big nut, steel stock, and nails. The frame is built from steel round stock and aluminum plate. Rubber for the tires and wheels came from an aircraft mfg. plant.

Steve spent many hours turning these parts on a lathe, also made by him from recycled items. Some parts he shaped by hand. The result is amazing and these pictures do not do this model justice.

He has another project in mind that I can't wait for him start...it involves a huge wagon wheel iron rim! I will post the results when he finishes it.

Jan 20, 2010

~Planning for the Spring Garden~

I love this time of year....the seed catalogs arrive right after Christmas.. Once the holidays are over and the decorations are packed away, it is time to plan the garden..
I draw out a footprint of my garden and decide where to put the veggies.. Experience tells you what will thrive in a certain place and what doesn't. There is companion planting as a natural form of pest control, rotation of crops, 1st and 2 nd plantings and so on.

That is why winter is so important. Not only for the land to lay fallow but for you to have time to plan and organize. After all, you want the best harvest to feed your family.

This year the husband and I are going to utilize an area that receives a lot of sun and will involve terracing.... which is growing on the side of a hill. So there will be some planning on what to grow there.

I also have used a technique over the years that I love. It is called square foot gardening. You can grow a lot of food in a small area.. In a 6'x 9' area, I grew 35 lbs of carrots........that is the size of an area rug. It would be worth it to check out their web site.


My favorite seed source is Johnny's Selected Seeds. They promote organic gardening. I get the untreated seeds here though they sell treated seeds too.


For anyone interested in growing their own food, these are two sites I highly recommend to begin with. After over 25 years of growing organic food to feed my family, you learn what works, eliminates unnecessary weeding and will produce the greatest harvest.

Here is a portion of last fall's harvest. Makes you want to grow your own doesn't it!!!!

My little Garden helper...Mimi... guarding our harvest

Nothing like a veggie stew on a cold winter night simmering away!

Beets....need I say more!!!

Jan 16, 2010

~~Bohemian Gypsy~~

One of the very many reasons I find the bohemian style so appealing is the freedom to explore the unique and different styles. It involves a complete thinking outside the box. You can try anything. You surround yourself with everything you love.....what makes you feel good......a home that brings good energy and experience to your loved ones. My family and friends feel that way now. I want to improve that experience even more for them.

For me, it is about a deviation towards more color. Something that I have never been inclined to do. I have always kept to very neutral and dark colors. But that has reflected my emotions and experiences. Things have changed...... I feel the need to express more fully the peace & happiness, along with my self-assurance and voice that has returned to my life recently, through the expression of color! My decluttering process over the last two weeks have recharge my batteries.
Our home is my canvas and my palette will be imbued with colors. Colors from my gardens and the woods surrounding our home. Future posting will give you an inside look at what I will be doing in different rooms, art projects and clothing utilizing our motto of reduce, reuse and repurpose........ so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I am finding many blogs that enjoy the bohemian look and I am gathering immense inspiration from them. One I would like to share with you is "Boho Market by Giovanna." These pictures are so beautiful...They inspire the creative juices in me.. and portray an essence of tranquility.


Photos credited to Boho Market by Giovanna.

These pictures do not belong to me and are used for commenting purposes only.

Jan 13, 2010


The earth quake and ensuing descruction in Haiti is beyond words. Our thoughts and prayers are needed for the Haitians to get through this. Kudos to our President for sending help so quickly to our neighbors. God Bless President Obama for his leadership.

My utter disgust at Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh for their typical UN-Christian like statements and political pandering when so many people are hurt, suffering and dying. Their narcissistic, evil, and vile behavior is nothing new, just unbelievable in light of this tragedy.

There are many places to donate and they can be found on most news web sites. Even if you donated a little it would help. Imagine what could be accomplished if everyone who could contributed just $5.00 or $10.00.

My girlfriend sent this site to me and they provide much needed essential in time of disaster. Please check it out. It is called Shelter Box.

Also keep the workers and volunteers in your prayers as they work to help people in this devastated area.

Thanks, Linda

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