Storm Clean Up

After Hurricane Irene moved up to our northern neighbors, we were left to clean up the mess she made. Due to lack of previous rain, we were spared a lot of damage from uprooted trees and severe flooding. Sunday morning dawned sunny and humid and this is what we found in our front courtyard. This […]

Treasure Hunt

A few weeks ago, when Hubs and I went on a quiet little camping trip, we found ourselves smack in the middle of one of those large, miles long yard sales.  We didn’t buy much, but one thing that I couldn’t leave behind was this treasure. . . A string holder shaped like a bee […]

Monday Motivation: Organizing Recipes

If you’re one of those cooks who can whip up dishes without using a recipe, I applaud you.  I’m not one of those cooks.  I need recipes – printed recipes. Actually, I love written recipes. Especially ones written in the handwriting of the person who gave me the recipe.  I have recipe cards from grandmas, aunts, […]

Monday Motivation: Organizing Household Paperwork

If you’re overwhelmed with paperwork, do Step 1 and Step 2 first.  Now we’re ready to tackle other household paperwork that tends to spread around the house.  Some of that paperwork could include: Appliance manuals and receiptsMementos and keepsakesPhone numbers/addressesSchool workCorrespondencePersonal and confidential paperworkTax recordsEmergency informationCommand center for daily paperwork For each category of paperwork, I’ll give […]

Adventures at Sherando Lake

Several readers have emailed me, asking where we go camping.  Our favorite place to camp is Sherando Lake in the George Washington National Forest.  It’s located right outside of Waynesboro, VA. It has a man-made lake with a small island in the middle.  Our children practiced swimming out to it every Summer and felt great […]

Breakfast Ideas For Camping

Because camping trips are full of physical activities like hiking, swimming, canoeing, and playing, breakfast is an especially important meal of the day.   Country Living  The recipes I’ll be sharing are for basic camping trips where you have access to a cooler and camp stove or camp fire.  For those adventurous folks who […]

Wrensday: And The Tomatoes Keep Coming!

Remember, back in the Spring, when I showed you the “Lazy Gardner’s Way To Grow Tomatoes” here and here? Yup, just bags of garden soil with heirloom tomatoes plopped down in them. Well, now that tomato season is in full swing, I’ve got tomatoes coming out of my ears – and my canning pot! We […]

A Few Camping Tips

Hubs and I managed to get away for a few days last week (hence, the lack of posts) to go camping. It was our first camping trip since my transplant and as empty nesters.  Over the years, I’ve streamlined our camping process and learned a few tricks that I thought I’d share. First, I make up […]