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Monday Musings, May 8

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May 8, 2017

My streak of ‘very productive' weekends came to a screeching halt Saturday morning…and it was absolutely delightful! I am a firm believer in a ‘do-nothing' weekend now…it's good for what ails you.

Which means that my tomatoes didn't get ‘caged' nor my cucumbers trellised. Oh well…

And before I go any further, at the risk of you raising your hands and saying ‘enough of the d$#@ Confederate Jasmine on her front porch already'…this is my favorite time of year. The Jasmine that covers my porch is in full bloom and smells heavenly.

I took a brief break from the whole ‘do nothing' thing and managed to cobble together a few fun finds on the web for your viewing and reading pleasure.

In addition to tossing in a ‘do nothing' weekend here and there, here are 10 other habits that happy people employ. Nothing earth shattering here, but good reminders.

I am not a coffee drinker; in fact I went through my 4 years of college without ever drinking beer or coffee…I know, strange! This girl who will eat just about anything is rather picky about what she drinks… and teas are my thing. I've never made my own tea mix, but think I may give it a try.

Before Kids (BK), Terry and I spent many a fun weekend antiquing. We'd go to auctions, stores, fairs, you name it. We surely could have used some of these tips.

C'est Magnifique! Check out this rooftop garden in Paris…complete with a view of the Eiffel Tower. So much has been packed into this tiny garden…vegetable garden, pond, solar panels, rainwater collection…you name it.

While we went through a major paper declutter almost 2 years ago, I'm sure we will need to do an even deeper dive when we move. Some helpful guidelines here.

While I will always admit that I was blessed with an idyllic childhood, there was one area that was neglected… I never had a treehouse! Ed has spelled out some great consideration and suggestions for building your treehouse here. I don't guess that there is an age limit on treehouses, is there? Hmmm…maybe at our new house…

In Garden News…we're in zone 8 and our garlic scapes are getting close to being harvested. Last year we waited too long and they were tough, as in shoe-leather tough. I'm already noodling what to make with my garlic scapes. Not familiar with a garlic scape? Scapes are the stalks that grow from the hardneck variety of garlics. When cultivated, they are removed so that the plant's energy is focused on the growth of the bulb. Scapes taste like a milder form of garlic; very chive-like but with definite garlic undertones. Some great ideas for preparing your scapes here and here and here.


And that's a wrap! Make it a beautiful day and a fantastic week!




  1. Robin from Frugal Family Times

    May 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Your new house will DEFINITELY need a treehouse, Lynne! 🙂 Thanks so much for including our post this week. We’re honoured!

    • lynn

      May 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Good morning Robin…there is such something so appealing and enticing about a tree house! And your post is filled with great ideas. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Mary

    May 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Lynn that post on Happy People was written for me. I have changed my thinking in the last few years and can attest that all that positive thinking really does make us happier. Now you might say maybe happiness is overrated, because the rest of the world does not prize it as much as we do. But as long as it keeps stress levels to a minimum I am a firm believer. Have a great week!

    • lynn

      May 9, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Oh Mary, I sincerely hope that no one thinks happiness is overrated! That would be so very sad.

      I need to work on lowering my stress, but I’m pretty good on the rest.

      Many hugs my friend


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