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Apr 20

April 20, 2017

Sick Cat

10 Signs Your Cat Might be Sick

Cat Ki-gi, Butterscotch, a feral kitten that had some kind of a neurological or muscular disease  (but no name), Christopher, Daphne, Neo, Sadie, Calli, Oliver and Kassie – those are all the cats that I’ve owned or cared for in my lifetime. I was a baby when my family owned Ki-gi (whom I am proud to have named). I was so young then I don’t remember what became of him.  Butterscotch was an outdoor cat who ultimately (long story) died…

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Apr 17

April 17, 2017

Hitch Hiking Kitten

The Kitten in the Road

Kitten in the Road It was a late summer evening in 2006.  We had four teenagers still living at home, two cats, two red eared slider turtles and an assortment of aquarium fish.  We were having a building remodeled to house our small private school and the hubby was working a swing shift job.  This particular evening we were planning on going over to see the progress on the building as soon as my husband got home from work. But…

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Sep 29

September 29, 2016

Cute Scarecrow Craft

Scarecrows are a fun and friendly addition to any fall decor.  I get mine out in September and keep them up all the way until Thanksgiving.  Here’s a simple craft you can make to add some cheer to your home this fall.  It’s simple enough that even the kids can make one of their very own! Here’s What You’ll Need: Large bottle with a neck Tissue Paper Modge Podge Acrylic Paint Twine Small Sheet of Burlap Felt Rafia Silk Flower…

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Dec 3

December 3, 2015

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I love Christmas Trees that are decorated with a huge assortment of ornaments that have happy sentimental stories to go with nearly every one of them!  Growing up, my parents had that kind of tree and now I’ve had my own tree for almost 30 years and it’s full of ornaments that have their own stories to tell.  A few years ago, my sisters and I inherited our parent’s old ornaments that we’d hung on the tree year after year,…

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Sep 24

September 24, 2015

Welcome Bear

Makeover for Welcome Bear

On our front porch stands a wooden bear holding a sign that says “Welcome.”  I first found him at  The Quilted Bear and thought he would be a great Christmas Present for my dad.  He fit in perfectly with the oak brush and pine trees in the yard of my dad’s home nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains and he stood proudly on my dad’s front porch for many years welcoming visitors to his home.  When my dad…

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Aug 24

August 24, 2015

15 Sounds Outside My Bedroom Window

On one of the first warm Spring days this year my husband opened our bedroom window about 3 inches. It’s now August and that window has remained open since that day. As I lay on my bed the other night listening to the sounds coming through that window, I reflected upon the fact that there had been many an evening that I had done that very thing. I made a mental list of the multitude of different sounds I’d heard…

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Jul 21

July 21, 2015

Refurbished Welcome Mat

Repainted Welcome Mat

A few years ago I had the deck of my home rebuilt.  The old one was ancient and rickety and had to be replaced!  The new deck turned out beautifully and so of course, I just had to buy new chairs and planters and things to decorate it.   One of my favorite deck decorations was a welcome mat that had the word “home” on it.  It was painted with kind of a rustic look and I thought it was…

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Jun 22

June 22, 2015

The Fire that Wouldn’t Go Out!

So many people are enjoying camping and summertime barbecues and fire pits and such right now that I decided it’s  a good time to remind everyone how important it is to completely extinguish your fires before leaving them unattended! We’ve had a little private school for years and we end each school year with a field day of fun and games and food!  One year after all of the competition was over, we barbecued hot dogs using “just light the bag”…

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Apr 1

April 1, 2015

Display Your Treasured Family Heirlooms!

Display Your Treasured Family Heirlooms! Where are your family heirlooms?  Is your grandmother’s cookie jar stashed away in the cedar chest?  Is the end table your Uncle Fred built gathering dust in the garage?  Displaying treasured family heirlooms can add beauty and character to your home décor.  Items that were made by, or that once belonged to your parents, grandparents or other family members hold sentimental value as well.  Pull them out!  Dust them off!  Display them in your home!…

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