Author Archives: Mama

DIY – Curtain From A Linen Tablecloth & Bathroom Remodel

My sister moved back to our home town about a year ago after her husband passed away from battling cancer for 2 years. She bought a new, old home about three blocks away from us. Now we not only get to … Continue reading

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DIY – New Seat Cushions for Old Patio Chairs

I finished a few DIY projects this past summer for my sister who moved back to our home town about a year ago and bought a new, old home three blocks from me. One of the first projects I worked on … Continue reading

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DIY – New Lampshade Covers

I’ve been working on several DIY projects this summer. They have been for my sister who moved three blocks from me late last year. We both now live in the historic district of a small city, and we love it! … Continue reading

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The Final Stretch

We have five kids. Three are grown and flown. Our babies, our twins, are getting ready to enter their last year of college. Our twins on their birth day. I was smiling in this picture, but inside I was terrified. … Continue reading

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DIY – Shirt Pillows

In 2008, our oldest daughter got married in Hawaii. We weren’t able to attend, but we had a Hawaiian themed reception for them when they returned home. All of us wore authentic Hawaiian shirts to the reception. They have hung … Continue reading

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Herb Garden at the Quirky Old Home

A little more than a year ago we downsized into a much older home in the historic district of a small city. We now have a much smaller yard with a fenced in back yard. This is our first home … Continue reading

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Exterior Makeover at the Quirky Old Home

A little more than a year ago, we purchased this cute little house in the historic district of a city in the Midwest. This was the facade of the house when we bought it. I loved the arbor and the … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’ – Old Fashioned Strawberry Jam

I’ve been canning and preserving for a few years now. I was fortunate to acquire my DSH’s Grandma’s canning supplies. I’ve been very cautious about the canning process and faithfully use my Ball Blue Books as guides to proper technique … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

Our kids are interesting people. They are smart and independent and loving and generous people. We like to believe that we have provided them with an environment where we not only modeled good behavior, but also where they have felt … Continue reading

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Readin’ – Lily’s Own: Stories of a Childhood by Nadine Pedron

I talked about my reading challenge for this year (here). So far, I’ve read a lot of books this year that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. A very long time. Life . . . raising five … Continue reading

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