"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw…” and on and on the story goes. I spent many nights reading the book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff to my children. That was until I found a mouse in our house. When we first moved in, the owner said he … [Read more...] about There’s a Mouse in my House!
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When I was a child, my best friend was a cat. This dark brown Siamese was, in almost every way, as much my soul mate as any friend, sister, or boyfriend. He shared the long hours of my childhood, followed me devotedly around the room as I brushed my teeth or tried on endless outfits for the first day of school, and purred in my lap as we watched The Brady Bunch and The … [Read more...] about Farewell to a Pet
For the past several decades, Groundhog Day has held a place as a legitimately celebrated holiday on the North American calendar, thanks in large part to the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog. Over the past 125 years, since 1887, on Feb. 2 Phil has predicted the weather for the second half of the winter, according to folklore and his … [Read more...] about Importance of Groundhog Day
I grew up in Southern California. It was a great place to enjoy childhood, what with easy access to beaches, practically year round sunshine and Disneyland. I have tons of great memories of visiting Disneyland starting when I was five (when, much to my parents horror, I apparently spent most of my time pointing at costumed characters and other features and declaring them fake) … [Read more...] about I’m Going to Disneyland! Without the Kids! (June Cleaver Would Not Approve)
Organic soil lacks the chemical additions that bagged topsoil contains. You can make your own organic soil from compost that you create in your own backyard. Your home manufacture of all-natural, living, organic soil can begin at any time during the year. Step 1 Start with a compost bin or choose a 5 x 5-foot section of your yard to create a compost pile. A 5-foot square … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Own Organic Soil