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Instant Gratification

As I weeded around my yard today I thought of something a neighbor recently said. "I love that I can instantly see the results of my hard work."
In a world where instant results are de rigeur, I agree that some garden work especially eradicating weeds, can feed that desire better than anything.

My garden areas still need a lot of work. I weeded around my lavender plants today and pruned them. They look better and I got that self satisfaction my neighbor referred to.

About two weeks ago I laid down newspapers over a large weedy area in the soon to be expanded flower garden. I still have more to do, but what I did do felt like such an accomplishment. Funny how laundry has never given me the same feeling...

My son spotted a hummingbird moth at rest on one of the sage plants yesterday and I got a photo. I love these insects and have never seen one just chilling out.



Let's talk about an epic I just finished.

I never had John Steinbeck assigned to me for English. Some of you a…
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Sometimes You Need A Good Cry

Saw this video on Going Gently and after crying figured I should post it as well.



Cheers!
MissFifi

Irish pensioner living in a 280-year-old cottage with no modern conveniences

Irish pensioner who lives like we all used to back in the day. Good for her. Read here.

Sometimes it is best to disconnect. To get back to the land, to remove ourselves from the news, read a book, or just take a walk and be present.

Side note: I have to admit that running water and flush toilets are my most favorite inventions so camping is clearly out for me. :)

Have a great day.

Cheers!
MissFifi




A Good Book Here, A Good Book There

Took a hiatus. Yeah, I am sure you all noticed. Been trying to get things moving along and with that I had to slack and so I slacked on the blog. Now allow me to share our little artificial tree that our son and his grandma decorated with glee.


In the last two months or so, I no longer bring my computer upstairs. Instead I have started to read at night. While this may not sound like any big deal, it is a little for me. I love to read, but due to school, home, obligations, and writing a novel, I somehow pushed reading an actual book to the side.  Like a lot of folks I got more caught up in the rabbit hole of the internet. Now, I do love getting sucked down various rabbit holes, but I also felt that I needed to actually unplug.
Allow me to sidebar a bit here.

I had been struggling with my book for a very long time. In the last 6 months or so it got worse. I had lost the true nature of the story and could no longer hear the character voice. I am not the first writer this has happened to…

Be Inspired By Mo

I don't watch Shark Tank. My in-laws do, they love it, personally it is not my bag, but God bless. A friend sent me a link to this young man name Mo's website.
He makes bow ties.
He is now 14.
This young man makes me happy.
Considering the world has taken quite the dark turn of late, it is always a relief to find good things people are doing out there. Whether it is assisting the elderly, giving a leg u to someone down on their luck or finding a 14 year old making bow ties and using proceeds to help send underprivileged kids to camp. Brava everyone!

Mos' Bows

Cheers!
MissFifi

Recap in Pictures

Happy Summer.

Went to Philadelphia for the weekend with a gal pal. We went to the Mutter Museum, which is amazing and does not allow photos, and to the Rodin, which is charming and does allow photos.


 The Gates of Hell are imposing and stunning.

The Three Shades which stand at the top of the Gates of Hell. This particular sculpture is stunning.
 Went to South Restaurant for tidbits and live jazz. Neither disappointed. This is my drink. Fresh to Death. I had two and I have no regrets. The ingredients are listed below.





After the Mutter we stopped for lunch at the Village Whiskey. My friend had a Bloody Mary and I had a Bee Balm. Made with lavender infused gin. Yes, I realize I am now a true fan of the "cocktail" and have reached a "certain age." Bring it on!

I have recently read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and was blown away. What Henrietta's cells, taken without her consent in 1951, have done for humanity is indescribable, as is the treatmen…

Good Grooming For Girls

All over You Tube are videos from the Perlinger Archives. While some of them seem sexist and hokey, it is because they are. But the are a few gems in the group and I highly recommend checking some of them out. One of my recent favorites is Good Grooming for Girls. Why? Because you can actually apply the advice today. Especially the make-up tips. Though that part of the video is a glorified advertisement for Ponds, you can move past that and take away some great ideas in regards to hair and posture as well.


Now, I am not someone who laments how much "better" things were back in the day. Every decade, hell every century, has it's positives and cons. Social and Civil issues were NOT what they are now and look how far we still have to go with some of them.
But I digress...
I myself really love the fashions of the 30's, 40's and 50's, sans the tight girdles and kotex pads that attached with a belt.




I can't even fathom having to wear this contraption. Maybe it …