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Friday Favorite: ZZZZZZ

October 23rd, 2015

I like to get good sleep every night, sometimes I go through phases where I don’t. The last week or so, I’ve been waking at 4 am, not quite the rising time that keeps me most productive throughout the day.
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Perhaps it’s the moon, or maybe the coyotes are howling at that time, or one the cats might be playing with something. You never quite appreciate uninterrupted sleep until you’ve gone without it for a while. I’m keeping my fingers crosses that tonight I’ll be able to sleep until at least 5:45, which is my normal wake-up time.

What time do you usually get up in the morning?

Friday Favorite: The Meadow

July 19th, 2013

We have a large grassy area that might be considered a lawn.  Since we just have a small push mower, we left most of it to grow up into a meadow.  It’s been beautiful, filled with wildflowers of all colors, shapes and sizes and a wide variety of grasses as well.
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We’re not the only ones enjoying this, we have a doe that’s been grazing regularly down below the house.  She’s been coming out and grazing every week.  We noticed her first a few weeks ago while she was still very pregnant.  She’s since had her fawn, which we’ve heard bleating down in the woods.

What’s your favorite wildflower?

Friday Favorite: Easy Bake Ovens

June 28th, 2013

When I was a little, the Easy Bake Oven was one of my favorite toys.  I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise since you know I love to cook.
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Yesterday, we got out my mom’s Easy Bake and baked up a storm with my two older nieces. It was my sister’s (their mom) birthday, so they wanted to make her a cake.  Happy Birthday WENDY!
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My parents had to choke down many an easy bake cake, piled high with frosting. It’s nice that the tradition remains alive. Even my mom’s neighbor received her own individual cake.

Did you have an Easy Bake Oven when you were a kid?

Pppppt New Shoes

June 15th, 2013

I got these new shoes a month or two ago and I LOVE them. They were chosen because they were slip-ons, perfect for gardening. There is a no shoe rule in this house, so slip-on shoes are a must when you’re coming and going many times throughout the day.
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They’s Keen Sneaker of course, the only brand of shoes that I buy. They fit my feet perfectly and I know they’ll always fit like a glove.
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These shoes quickly became my favorite shoes and I wear them everywhere.
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I’m actually thinking about buying another pair because I love them so much.

Do you wear slip-on shoes when you garden to leave the soil in the garden?

Friday Favorite: the Hand Hoe

August 3rd, 2012

One day, on a whim, I added a hand hoe to an on-line purchase. I’ve tried all sorts of hand tools in the garden and have been disappointed almost every time. Like my cobra head weeder, most of them are gathering dust.

Little did I know how much I would love this tool and how often I would use it. In fast, it’s probably my most used garden hand tool. Why do I love it so much?

It has a very sharp edge, which I sharpen a few times each season. This edge allows it to cut through tiny seedlings. You can drag the sharp edge and skim the top of the soil cutting off tiny seedlings as you go. If you get them small enough, they won’t come back.

Thanks Maybelline for asking in the comment section about what I use to sharpen my tools. I have used the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker for 17 years for all my sharpening needs from garden tools to kitchen knives.

The pointed tip is great for digging up the entire roots of larger weeds. It can also be used as a small maddox for whacking at tough weeds to get them up. The pointed tip also allows enough precision to weed around plants, even if they’re growing fairly close together.

The shape of this tool makes it much easier on the wrist than a regular trowel. Weeding for a couple hours does not result in any wrist pain or strain. It also provides some much needed leverage when trying to “pop” tenacious weeds from their spots.

This is the tool you will find me using most often in the garden, especially when weeding. I will never be without a hand hoe in my tool shed! I noticed there are a variety of hand hoes on Amazon. One of these days I’ll buy another one or two of these other options for my garden toolbox. Now that Mr Chiots is getting more into gardening he might start making mine scarce.

What’s your favorite gardening hand tool?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.