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Well, I can see…

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Well, I can see that I didn’t blog yesterday, even though I had thought I would!  Usually, I just throw a picture up for Wordless Wednesday and call it done.  Maybe the fact that I had trouble remembering what day yesterday was had something to do with it!

I stayed busy yesterday doing lots and lots of yard work.  Of course, I’m always happiest when I’m doing work outside, so it was a good day for me!  We have crazy algae growing on our white vinyl siding (the result of 90% humidity throughout most of the year)  I love the green shade of the algae.  Now, if only it would get together and cover the entire surface…it would be the prettiest shade imaginable!

The second task was opening up the beehive again.  I opened it up on Tuesday and examined it frame by frame.  I am so inordinately proud of these honeybees.  They are gentle, hard workers and they keep a clean hive.  Our queen is very strong, obviously, and she’s raising a good crop of daughters to do good pollination work!  On Tuesday, I examined the brood frames and was thrilled to see one frame almost completely filled with tiny eggs.  For me, one of my most valued accomplishments has been learning to keep bees. 

The fish pond also came due for a cleaning yesterday.  Situated as it is, right beneath a lush cherry laurel, the surface of the pond has been covered with blossoms and leaves for the past month.  This necessitated BOTH filters being cleaned and the tubing replaced!  The fish are ever so much happier with this arrangement.  Speaking of fish, we lost our koi this season.  I’m not sure what happened, I just visited the pond one day and he was gone.  Disturbing as well, one of the other fish was injured (are you thinking what I’m thinking??)  We lost the koi and the largest comet (8-10 inches).  The giant catfish was growing too large for our pond so we returned him to the nursery and he is now living happily in one of their giant outdoor ponds!

Unfortunately, I’ve also been watching lots of television on hulu.  The newest show we’re watching is Raines, with Jeff Goldblum.  Have any of you seen it?  We really like his acting.

Well, that’s it for today.  Hope

The Non-Blogger and what she’s been doing

I don’t even know that I can call myself a blogger anymore, but I have all these nifty blogs floating around!  I keep telling myself that I’ll do something more than the occasional tweet or flickr upload, but that’s barely happening either.

The truth is: I’ve really been busy!  Been having fun sewing and tending honeybees and hauling horse manure to the garden.  We’ve been visiting family lots more this year and that has been really fun as well!  The greenhouse is full to bursting with peppers and eggplants and tomatoes and various herbs.  The raised beds are filled with onions and garlic and strawberries, kale, collards, lettuce, cabbage and spinach!

Take a look at the little crowns I just made last week:

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Now, that’s what I call having a good time!

New Year’s Day Traditions and Superstitions: What to Eat, Wear and Do for Good Luck on January 1st

Just in case you need a little reminding before the New Year officially begins.� Happy New Year to all!� May it be a blessed and a happy one.� 🙂

New Year’s Day Traditions and Superstitions: What to Eat, Wear and Do for Good Luck on January 1st.

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Fashion Icons and Striped Socks

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Earlier this week, I was watching a little bit of a Punky Brewster episode.  I admired her cute little Rainbow Brite jacket…and her socks…and her shoes…when it hit me.

Every bit of my sense of style can be traced back to the 1980s…and I’m not talking about Cyni Lauper–though I do like some of her style.

Probably my most defining style aspect is that I love wearing striped socks.  My family and my friends all know this about me.  In fact, my very young friends know this about me as well.  The episode of Punky Brewster brought it all full circle.

My favorite television shows and dolls/toys when growing up were (in no certain order):

  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Punky Brewster
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Holly Hobbie
  • Raggedy Anne

What do all of these girls have in common?  All of them.  Every single one of them has a common feature.  Guessed it yet?

They all wear striped socks.  Seriously.  If you grew up in the ’80s and you consider yourself quirky at all, take a good look at your sock collection.  Now, think back to your favorite playthings of your childhood.  Any style resemblance??

Decorating for Christmas: BrightHaven Style

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Here at BrightHaven, we put up Christmas lights and a Christmas tree each year–but we never go just all out. 

This year has been different, for some reason.  We have tomato cage trees in the front yard–one complete with flashing lights synchronized to music!

ImageThe inside tree is loaded with gorgeous vintage glass ornaments, the mantel is decked with my vintage bottle brush tree and reindeer collection.  And take a look at the peacock wreath!  It’s enormous.  Too big for the front door so above the mantel it goes!

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ImageAnd then, there are the handmade snowflakes!  Oh yes, I cut out snowflakes from coffee filters and then sprayed them to our front glass door.  They are perfectly quirky.  Just how I like things.  🙂  Check out The Handmade House to find the tutorial for these pretty little things.

ImageFinally, we hope you all have a wonderfully blessed and Merry Christmas!