Life’s Lesson: Sometimes “Good enough” is perfect

I responded to another blogger recently who had a column about not worrying if things are perfect.  I totally get it, and concur.  My motto is "good enough". Life if too short to worry about keeping my home spotless (it will NEVER happen), or my hair always styled, or doing my best to perfection at [...]

Overnight Easy Homemade Granola

I found this recipe in a magazine many years ago, and it's still my standard go to granola recipe, made with modifications along the way.  And it's way cheaper than fancy bags of granola in the store for $6.00 a box! It will make 10-11 cups of granola.  Store it in an airtight container up [...]

Homestead and Farm Hacks

I found the following article on line.  It actually will refer you on to other articles, but the compilation is cool, & I thought it had some pretty good ideas. If you ever had a cow kick over a bucket of milk, or need to estimate the weight of a pig or cow, here's some [...]

Creating a bird habitat for bird watching

I am a bird watcher. Not a true birder, in that I don't often go out with a pair of binoculars trying to check bird species off my life list.  But I do watch from the kitchen windows and sit on the deck watching.  I can get lost and forget time.  Because I have created [...]

Should you share your cell number? Probably not.

One of Life's lessons is knowing what to share, and when. And, just as important, when NOT to share. I recently read this article, published on the Good Housekeeping site.  And I totally agree, in today's digital world, it is too easy to go find information on almost anyone.  Especially if you have access to [...]

The Jar of Life: First things First

This is as true today and it was in the past. Stephen Covey used this analogy years ago in his book First Things First. And even tough we all know the most important things SHOULD be first in our lives, it's too easy to get lost in the minutiae of daily life.

Making Warm & Wonderful Chicken Noodle Soup

As I write this is a blustery, dreary February day, perfect for chicken soup.  The wind is whipping the trees about, wailing loud enough to be heard inside. And when I went out with the dogs for a minute, the cold is making the trees squeak, groan, and complain.  It's actually a little scary!  My [...]

For the Love of Leather

I LOVE LEATHER. I mean, a lot.  For years I have never bought shoes or a handbag that wasn't leather. Or dog collars and leashes for that matter. I love the smell of leather, and those that go with it - leather conditioner, saddle soap. I like the feel of leather.  It can be so [...]

Roughage for people and pets

My grandmother would have referred to fiber as "roughage" - that fiber that helps promote good health. Most Americans do not eat nearly enough fiber, and the lack of fiber can contribute to poor health, including diabetes. I recently found this article.  It does a great job of explaining exactly what fiber is and how [...]

Hamburger Soup

Soup is one of our favorite foods.  It is filling, usually inexpensive to make, and nice and warm on a cold day. It doesn't take any special skills or a lot of time. Hamburger soup started as a recipe I saw years ago someplace, but I have modified and created my own version of course. [...]