Simple advice for a better life.

This Season’s Harvest Has Began

raspberriesWith all the frequent rain showers we experienced lately in our area, my garden is in its glory, and thriving.

If you love gardening, as I do, you will agree that no matter how much, and how often, you water your garden, it does not measure up to one good rain fall, and the plants just seem to grow in front of your eyes soon afterward.

This season’s  harvest already began in my garden, and, with great pleasure, I was able to pick some baby red beets, dill, chives, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and basil.

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My raspberries produced about a pint of fruit this year, and today I was able to pick a few blueberries already.  I am very excited about having fresh berries and herbs from my garden, and to share them with my granddaughter.

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Don’t you just love the freshness of these veggies and fruits…..and best of all….I know these have not been sprayed with any chemicals.

Tip: If  you wonder what can one  do with red beet leaves, I have a recipe coming up in my future posts.

Nobody Cares – Words of Wisdom

If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead,

try missing a couple of mortgage payments.

June Blooms – My Suburban Garden

may-flower-red-roseI have shared my April Blooms, and my May Blooms, now it’s time for June Blooms.

This is a transition period in my garden , since all the earlier blooms are passed their blooming time, and there are fewer perennial blooming plants as we get deeper into the summer season.   I have been busy planting summer annuals, to add a splash of color to the remaining foliage, but they will not be ready for pictures until later in the season.

Here is my South side flower patch:

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These are my June Blooms:

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Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist) plant and Nigella flower

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Daylilies and Roses                    Daylily flower

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Foxglove plant and Foxglove flowers

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Ice Plant   and Ice Plant flower

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White Daisy Chrysanthemum plant and Chrysanthemum flowers

Now you know how this Suburbangrandma relaxes in her free time….wait a minute…..what free time?

I hope you are enjoying my posts and the beauty of my flowers!


easy-does-it-with-a-pasta-maker1I always loved my mom’s  homemade pasta, especially in her homemade chicken or tomato soup.  I also started to make my own pasta for my  family, and they love it.  It is simple to make,  and out of 2 cups of flour, you get enough pasta for a family of four.  Talking about saving money and having great tasting food!

Of course I was doing it the hard way, until one day my daughter presented me with an Imperia Pasta Maker Machine, and making pasta has not been the same since.

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I still make pasta, but now this job is a breeze with this little gadget.
It is quite simple to operate, yet produces wonderful results.
I even used it for flattening the dough rounds for making homemade perogies  (potato dumplings).
A small motor is also available to ease the operation of this pasta maker machine,  if you prefer not to use the crank, but I have not decided on that purchase yet.

It is also very easy to clean, since all you do is use a small brush to brush off the remaining flour and any bits of leftover dough, and wipe it clean with a paper towel.  It is not recommended to wash it with water.

Here are some samples of the final product:

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Yummy…..home made pasta.  Doesn’t this make you hungry, and wanting to whip some up for tonight?

If you still do not have this wonderful little gadget in your kitchen, you are long overdue for one, and must add it to your wish list.  You will love it as much as I do!  I know it!  Your family will love your homemade pasta.

The Man Rules- Father’s Day Humor

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photo credit: torres21

The Man Rules

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down

Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules!

Please note.. these are all numbered “1 ”

ON PURPOSE!

1.. Men are NOT mind readers.

1…Sunday sports: It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides.

Let it be.

1… Crying is blackmail.

1… Ask for what you want.

Let us be clear on this one:

  • Subtle hints do not work!
  • Strong hints do not work!
  • Obvious hints do not work!

Just say it!

1… Learn to work the toilet seat.

  • You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.
  • We need it up, you need it down.

You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1… Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1… Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do.

Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1… Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.

In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1… If you think you’re fat, you probably are.

Don’t ask us.

1… If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1… You can either ask us to do something ,Or tell us how you want it done. Not both.

If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1… Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1…Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1… ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.

  • Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color.
  • Pumpkin is also a fruit.
  • We have no idea what mauve is.

1… If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” We will act like nothing’s wrong.

We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1… If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, Expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1… When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine… Really .

1… Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball

or golf.

1… You have enough clothes.

1…You have too many shoes.

1…I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1…Thank you for reading this.

Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

A friend of mine sent the above text to me via email, so I thought it would be real fun, to post it for all the Fathers, and Fathers-to-be. I hope you enjoyed it, and it put a smile on your face on your special day!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!!!

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