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10 Strategies to Win A Water-Balloon Fight from a Certified Pro
I woke up this morning with a notification on my phone I hadn't seen before. Tucked amongst my widgets appeared an Excessive Heat Warning, the first of the summer in my town.
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3 Tips and Tools that will take your Garden to the Next Level
Learning to grow my own food has been the most empowering life skill I’ve ever developed. It may seem like a great deal of effort to grow a few tomatoes (because it is) but the results are 100% worth it. Not only will they be the best tasting tomatoes you’ve ever had, but it will provide you with a different perspective; one that empowers you with knowledge and a new appreciation for the environment, the plants and the farmers that grow our food.
When I Listen to the Quilters Before Me
Old people are, like, my thing. I grew up watching reruns of The Golden Girls on Lifetime. I spent my childhood summers baiting hooks with fat earthworms for fishing with my Nana and dealing endless rounds of Rook cards with her twin sisters. At 18, my first job was a nurse aide in an all women's care home, a job that I sincerely loved with my whole heart. I've just always wanted to be around older people. It wasn't until college that I realized there's a name for that. Gerontology. The study of the aging process and the experiences of older adults.
Empty bottles filled with purpose
I’ll tell you a secret. I have an obsession with empty bottles. Whenever I see a bottle of juice, water, or just about any container holding a liquid I am mesmerized and inspired! How can I transform the bottle’s life into something with meaning? Is there a way to rescue bottles from the trash pile? Their lives are brighter than they may possibly think. I enjoy bringing out the goodness they may not see at first glance. An empty bottle does not mean an empty life!
Depressed? Try Building a House for Faeries!
If I hadn’t gotten appendicitis at the beginning of December, 2020, I'm pretty certain I never would have spent seventy hours building a tiny little faerie house as a gift for my stepmom. That’s right, if my appendix, that vestigial organ of the bowels, hadn’t decided to get infected and inflamed and try to kill me, she would have instead gotten a pillow or a scarf or something I found on Etsy— some thirty-dollar tops purchase (times were tough) —and I would have gone another month (or two, or maybe eighteen) before I again hunkered down with my tools at my little workbench building little things meant for magical, imaginary, tiny people.
Beginners Guide To a Thrifty and Appealing Backyard Garden
Your social media keeps flaunting pictures of stunning vegetable gardens! "Victory gardens" some of your friends called them when the pandemic started and everyone rushed to hoard seeds and baby chicks!
When Maria Von Trapp (through the beautiful prism of Julie Andrews) sang about brown paper packages tied up with string in ‘The Sound of Music’, I knew she was my people. I get an obscene amount of pleasure from wrapping - gifts, parcels, cards, I don’t care - if it sits still long enough, I will wrap it.
Upcycling: Cloth-Covered Journal
Eight years ago, I began journaling for the first time in my life. It is no coincidence that this decision came shortly after dating the woman who is now my amazing wife. We worked together in the same public library. Positive changes were happening in every aspect of my life and I wanted to document the journey – the good, the bad, and the embarrassingly funny. The great thing about journaling is that I feel it is not only therapeutic, but it helps maintain perspective when I need a reminder of how far I have come in my journey to become a better person and all the goals I have achieved.
I once heard it said that happiness, or the lack thereof, is a state of contentment influenced by outside stimuli. Conversely, I have also heard it said that joy is a state of inner contentment or delight that resists outside influences. For example, I found that when I was outside working in my garden, I experienced happiness. When I discovered that the backyard groundhog (nicknamed “ground cow”) breached my fence and ravished my snap peas, I was unhappy. Obviously, this beast was not related to the well-behaved Punxsutawney Phil on the television. Truthfully, I was angry when my plants were invaded – but my joy for gardening remained. That inner joy was a sign of the creative life inside me. I have learned to enjoy that creative aspect manifested as the intersection of a woman and her dirt.
My Creative Journey Combining Multiple Hobbies
Growing up I was never interested in being a creator. I preferred dealing with facts and majored in finance where my day job involves numbers with no need for a creative side. Since I'm a data-driven person, what was the catalyst that sparked my interest in creative endeavors?
The Cutting Edge of Creativity
A contest about crafting? Seriously? I’ve got this! I was jumping hoops when Vocal announced yet another alluring writing challenge. Crafting has been part of my life ever since I was a child. My mother was never one to sit idle and instilled a passion in me for sewing, knitting and stitching since I was old enough to sit still for more than 5 minutes.
When It’s OK to Abandon 30-Day Challenges
Picture this. You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed in the last week of March. A friend in your spoken word poetry group has just shared a post about an upcoming national poetry challenge they were planning to take part in.