Posts from the ‘Random Stuff’ Category

  • Three tomato plants & one red pepper planted

    July 6th, 2013 | My Garden, Peppers, Random Stuff, Tomatoes | Melanie | 4 Comments

    I stopped by Sweet Organic Solutions yesterday to see what Donna Faye had for sale. She said it’s not too late to plant tomatoes again so I bought three plants and couldn’t turn down a red pepper plant. My green peppers had a great crop and now have about 20 plus blooms on them for […]

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  • A girl’s garden

    June 23rd, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 12 Comments

    This past spring my friend told me her fourth grade daughter wanted to start a garden. She got her started with a raised urban garden. Her daughter planted green bean seeds, cucumber and watermelon seeds, a bell pepper plant, a basil plant, cantaloupe and okra seeds. My friend just sent me some pictures and I […]

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  • My “get out of jail free” card

    June 13th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 55 Comments

    Early this summer I started a process that I was bound and determined to see through. I have a good friend that needed a kidney and I had an extra, so I decided to donate mine. We were both 49 years old and I thought I would be a perfect match. I went through lots […]

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  • Home-made bug spray and a leaf eater caught

    June 4th, 2013 | Flowers, My Garden, Random Stuff | Melanie | 23 Comments

    A few days ago I found big leaf holes in my sunflower leaves. As I looked around I saw a grasshopper type bug eating away and its wings looked like leaves. It was pretty and all, but not in my garden. I slipped a big baggie around it and broke off the leaf from the […]

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  • How to share the extra

    May 23rd, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 1 Comment

    Do you ever have too much food from your garden and don’t have enough neighbors to share it with? If so, this website might be perfect for you! Yesterday I received an email for Emily Fulmer with She writes: “ is basically a free online tool for backyard and community gardeners….when they have more […]

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  • My new granddaugther!

    May 16th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 8 Comments

    Few things in life are as much fun or amazing as being a grandmother. My new baby granddaughter was born a few weeks ago and is so precious. My grandma name is Mimi. The story behind the name is my oldest child had a little blanket that I made for her. It was made of […]

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  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 12th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 7 Comments

    I was able to spend the day yesterday with my amazing mom! After 30 years of going to night school, day classes and an online completer program, I finally graduated from college! We drove to Stephen F. Austin University in East Texas for my graduation. My mom has been my biggest advocate for me to […]

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  • Mother’s Day giveaway winners!

    May 9th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | No Comments

    I want to thank everyone that entered in my Mother’s Day Contest. Each day as I read new entries I was so touched by your stories and the love you have for your mothers, grandmothers and mother-in-laws! I am so grateful for my own mother. She is self-less and giving and kind. She always thinks […]

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  • Mother’s Day Giveaway!

    May 1st, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 81 Comments

    Build mom or grandma a garden for Mother’s Day! Comment below by saying what you love best about your mom or just type: “Happy Mother’s Day!” and you will be entered to win one of five sets of plans to be given away on Wednesday, May 8th at midnight.  Winners will be emailed the link […]

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  • My garden gnome named Minipin

    April 28th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 4 Comments

    Every garden needs a gnome. I bought this gnome at Wal-mart last year and he found a home in my blackberry bush. I named him Minipin. As I have been a student teacher this past semester in the sixth grade, I have reflected on when I was in the sixth grade. I remember my reading […]

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