I’m back!!!

New York City, view from The Rock. After a short break during a busy time in my life, I am back to blogging again! My summer has been unusually busy this year, with a lot of running and taking care of various commitments, as well as a couple of long distance trips away from home. We went on a family vacation to New York in May, and I went by myself to Norway in June to visit family. Since then I’ve been playing catch-up games, and life is just now starting to calm down a little bit. It has been a great summer so far for me, even with all the craziness! But at this point I am expecting to be able to post again on a regular basis. During my trip to Norway, I was able to visit my parents and brothers with families, and had a wonderful time! It was so good to see them all again! It sure was quite the transition to go from temperatures in the 50’s (10-15° C) in Norway, to 105°F and high humidity (40° C) at home in the Midwest. This is unusual for our area, but nevertheless! It was also my first visit to New York. We had a lot of fun going to the various tourist attractions, and experiencing this magnificent city! Even though by nature, I am more of a country gal, I must say I enjoyed New York […] Read more »

Dollar Bill Origami; Dressy Shirt & Tie

    Today, just for the fun of it, I want to post about making origami creations using American $1 bills. I watched a video on this, and thought it was really neat, so I decided to give it a try. It was so much fun, so I’d like to share a couple of these videos along with the creations I made. Since I am not very experienced in origami, I found the videos to be very helpful. I am concluding that if I can do this, that means you probably can, too! One of the first things I did, was to get a hold of some nice, crisp dollar bills. Since I had a limited supply of newer bills, I practiced on some softer, used ones at first until I had an idea of what I was trying to do, then I did it on a stiff, new bill to make the end product look nice and neat. I have included a picture of my final product for each item. I did find that if the used bills had folds in them prior to the project, more so than just being soft and worn, it made it more confusing to fold since it was harder to know which fold to use. The first few videos were made by such nice, encouraging gentlemen who help you step by step. Nothing is rushed, but show you in detail just how to […] Read more »

Building Our Vegetable Garden Fence, w/ Pictures

  When we decided to put in a vegetable garden, we realized a proper fence with a good gate was essential. As you can see, our property is surrounded by a lot of woods, and we have wild life to show for it. Approximately 90% of all the trees we have planted, whether apple trees, dogwood, flowering pear, or maple trees have been destroyed by deer and rabbits, despite much effort to prevent it. Naturally, we figured: if these animals love trees, they will surely love our vegetables! So a fence was never a question, it was a necessity. In this post, using lots of pictures to explain, I will describe how my husband built our fence; I assisted a little here and there, but he did all the planning and building. He didn’t have any pre-made plans to help him, he just thought about what might make sense and went from there. Several years later, it is still going strong and in very good shape. And to think, all I wanted was some wire to go around and some way of getting in and out of my garden, and this is what he built me! According to himself, my husband is a technical kinda guy, not a handy-man. And while he is excellent at anything technical, I beg to differ. Just look at that nice work! More beautiful than I ever hoped for, and highly functional! Thank you, sweetheart!!! […] Read more »