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Easy Herbs for a Zesty Life

Basil Dried in Excalibur Dehydrator

Herbs are among my favorite plants to grow. They are as easy as weeds and have few to no pests. Dill and cilantro come to mind as two of the easiest. I let a few plants go to seed and when they dry I sprinkle seeds over my raised beds and let them come up …

Be Still ~ God Provides Spiritual Rest

Be Still ~ God Provides Spiritual Rest

Occasionally we lose electricity for no apparent reason. I’m sure there is one, we just never find out what it is. That happened one day this past May. Power Outage It was a beautiful Spring afternoon and the electricity suddenly went out. These occasions are a stark reminder of how dependent I’ve become on electricity. …

Open Windows ~ A Simple Pleasure

Open Windows are a Simple Pleasure

Open windows are another simple pleasure. Normally, I only get to enjoy them in Spring and Fall when the weather is pleasant, but right now our air conditioning is out and it looks like it may be awhile until we can get a new system installed, so even though it’s mid-July and steamy, we have …

The Clothesline ~ A Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasures - My Clothesline

Country life is full of simple pleasures. Things that often go unnoticed, or seem mundane to some. Hanging laundry on the clothesline is one of my simple pleasures. Valentine’s Day Gift The first Valentine’s Day after we moved to our farm, I asked my husband for a clothesline. Checking Craig’s List, he found someone a …

Stitch Fix July 2016

Stitch Fix July 2016 Preview on Mid-Life Blogger

This was a fun Fix! I had a hard time deciding what to keep and changed my mind a few times. Each time you schedule a Stitch Fix¬†you are given the opportunity to write a note to your stylist to tell her what you need, or about any special events you may have coming up. …

Homeschooling and Entrepreneurship

Walmart Locker on Mid-Life Blogger

Our son, Hayden, lacks one class for his Associates degree, but about a year and a half ago he decided to buy a computer repair business, putting his college education on hold. Not too long after he bought it, a local tv station invited him to appear for a short interview. It was a great …

Oriental Lilies

Stargazer Lilies

Oriental Lilies are blooming now and they’re amazing! I’m making a mental note to order more of them. A single flower can perfume an entire room, making it one of my favorites to bring inside, although their pollen can make a bit of a mess. The blooms are huge, about 6-7″ across, and their colors …

My Garden Style

Colander Planted with Succulents

I would describe my decorating style, both inside and out, as “Flea Market Chic.” I love things with character, patina, and a story. I admire the cleverness of repurposed items, and especially enjoy having things with extra meaning because they were made by a friend or loved one. I didn’t plan it, but my front …

Boredom: Gateway to Creativity

Bird Drawing by Margaret Curren on Mid-Life Blogger

“Mooooooommmmm, I’m booorrred!” Believe it or not, I was happy to hear those words from my children. It wasn’t my responsibility to constantly entertain them, and when they got to the point that they were bored, that’s when their creativity took over, if I didn’t rush in to rescue them. Learning Environment When we made …

BBQ Station in Cassville, MO – Worth the Drive

BBQ Station Truck by Mid-Life Blogger

About eight years ago, my husband, Scott, came across a building for sale in Cassville, Missouri, that seemed like a good deal, so he bought it not knowing for sure what he would do with it. At first, he considered opening a flea market, but ended up deciding to open a restaurant with his younger …