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How to Make an Emergency Grab-and-Go Binder


In the event of an emergency evacuation, you'll be glad you made this emergency grab-and-go binder for your hard-to-replace documents.

As I'm writing this, we're keeping an eye on a brush fire about a mile away behind our property. The light wind is blowing the fire up the canyon parallel to us.

Silver Sunday




I am thankful to the Lord, my God, for:

- fruit trees in bloom
- watching the honey bees fly in and out of their hive
- seeing the first robin and the first butterfly of the season
- a sea of purple henbit flowers in the lawn
- finding eight brown eggs in the nestbox
Silver Sunday

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1 NIV


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A Slice of My Life




This is one of my favorite days of the year, almost rivaling my birthday: the day the plum trees burst into bloom and spring is here! We planted these trees the fall that we first moved here, fourteen years ago. 

Last year we had a late, hard freeze at the end of the blooming period and didn't have much of a harvest. This year was ideal: yesterday was probably our last frost, right before the trees blossomed. I'm looking forward to a bumper crop of red plums and yellow plums.




Bees and butterflies are going crazy with this early food source, as they always do. The flowers are covered with them, and I can hear the buzzing almost as soon as I walk out the front door. They too are happy that spring is here.



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How To Grow Cabbage In Your Backyard Garden - Plus a Spring Garden Giveaway


How I'm fighting the war on cabbage worms, plus tips for growing the best cabbage ever.

My hubby would rather have a cabbage salad than one made of lettuce. Steamed cabbage, cole slaw and stuffed cabbage rolls are comfort foods from his childhood.

So cabbage is one of the vegetables I grow each spring. It makes me feel accomplished because it's such an early plant (in other words, there is something green growing in the garden), and because hubby likes it so much.