What’s Growing This Week

Thimbleberry Rubus odoratus

I skipped my What’s Growing This Week post last weekend to share with you my trip to Wilson Castle. I’m back this week to show you a few more things that are blooming in our yard. Summer is a busy time for us and a lot of things bloom and grow but most of the […]

Is Your Private Information Private?

How safe is your personal information?

Is your private information private?  There is so much to worry about today with identity threats both online and off line.  I always thought that by monitoring my credit I was being safe but there is really so much more to be concerned about. It makes me really nervous when I think about who is looking […]

What’s Growing This Week

Mallow Malva sylvestris

Wow this week has just flown by. There is so much in bloom outside that I wasn’t sure what to share with you.  Still nothing edible in the vegetable garden except the scallions and the herbs. I have started seeing a few green tomatoes on my tomato plants and I finally see some blossoms on […]

What’s Growing This Week

Creeping Geranium or Cranesbill - Geraniaceae sanguineum

After a few weeks of nice temperatures in the eighties, it dropped down and our highs have been in the sixties.  That temperature drop has slowed down the growing a bit.  I’m positive that our green beans didn’t germinate because I have nothing growing in that row but weeds.  Everything else seems to be doing […]

What’s Growing This Week

Persian Comfrey Symphytum asperum

The temperatures are pretty much always in the 70s or low 80s now in my area of Vermont. Evenings still cool down quite a bit but thank heaven the threat of frost is over.  The nice weather seems to be over so quickly here that I try very hard to enjoy it while I can. […]

Gardener’s Hand Scrub DIY

Gardener's Hand Scrub

I love getting out in the garden each year but playing in the dirt really does a number on my hands and nails.  I do try to remember to wear gloves when I work in the garden but sometimes I forget. I have a tendency to check for weeds every time I walk by the […]

What’s Growing This Week

Horseradish Armoracia rusticana

Things are officially growing in my yard. I’m so excited. Winter seems so long and it takes forever for everything to start growing again.  I have finally gotten the garden in and am eagerly waiting for my seeds to sprout.  We have tomatoes, scallions, peppers, watermelon, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce and a variety of different […]

What’s Growing this Week

White money plant - Lunaria Biennis

I have decided to start a weekly post where I share what’s growing around our property every week. I thought it would be fun to look at what grows in my area (Vermont, zone 4) and what we use it for.  How many things I share each week will depend on what’s in bloom and […]

Preparing for Unemployment

Tips for preparing for unemployment

This post on preparing for unemployment has been sponsored Years ago, when Marty and I were first married, he lost his job when a local manufacturing plant downsized.  All of a sudden, the two income salary we were used to living on was cut in half. Sure, he received unemployment benefits but they are never […]

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide Review

Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide

Product provided. This post contains affiliate links. Marty and I have been preparing for emergencies for years. It’s something we think is very important and we try to make it a priority. While everyone (hopefully) knows the basics of food, water and shelter, there are things that you need for long term survival that you […]