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News from the Nest, March 25

Good Morning, Glories!

I’ve got to be honest, this is the time of year when my blog productivity suffers.

When it’s a gorgeous sunny spring morning, and my yard is calling me, I don’t have the strength of will to ignore it. So, this past week, David Copperfield and I spent the better part of two days mulching and planting. I have to say that David was a very helpful gardening partner, and we accomplished quite a lot!

Sadly, I finished David Copperfield during my two-day spring gardening fest, but I have enjoyed every one of his books so much that I decided to listen to all of Dickens’ books. However, instead of jumping around as I have been doing, I am going to start listening in chronological order. So, last week, I started The Pickwick Papers. I’m listening on Audible and the narrators have been outstanding!

Then, on Friday, we jaunted up the coast to spend a delightful weekend with Terry’s sister and her husband. It was a cold, rainy weekend, so it was perfect for hanging around indoors, chatting, eating, playing games, and watching college basketball.

So my goal is to be UBER PRODUCTIVE at the beginning of this week, because…Elsa comes home either Thursday or Friday. We are still waiting for the date. And then, our kiddos are also coming home this weekend, ostensibly because they want to visit their mom and dad and spend Easter with us, but I suspect a little four-legged furbaby is the real reason. And then, when the kiddos leave on Monday, I’ll do a quick housecleaning in between potty training as one of my college girlfriends/sorority sisters arrives later that day to spend a few days with us.

I have every intention of getting my newsletter out on Monday because I really do have stuff to share with you; please send me all the productive, self-discipline mojo you can spare!

Some Handy Tips


  • We have been using this tip for years! I have noticed that most pumps, whether for soap, shampoo, lotion, or any other liquid product, dispense more than is actually required. To reduce the amount of liquid that comes out, you can simply put a rubber band on the stem of the pump. This will help you use only the required amount of liquid without any waste.
rubber band on pump bottle.
  • If you make a post of coffee and end up not drinking it all, instead of tossing out your leftover coffee…fill an ice cube tray with the coffee and freeze it. Then use your cubes in your iced coffee, in a cup of milk, or as part of your morning coffee smoothie! A cup of coffee is too much for me, but a couple of cubes of coffee in a glass of chocolate milk…um…pretty perfect! I’m one of those folks who love the flavor of coffee, but a full cup of it is just too much.
coffee ice cubes.
  • If you buy your spices in bulk, make a cone of wax paper to transfer spices to a smaller jar! (Fold up the cone and keep it in your spice drawer for future use.)
  • I learned this tip after I decided it was a good idea to wash my son’s size-14 black canvas tennis shoes with my favorite beige linen dress Not only did I wash them together, but it was one of those times when I didn’t get the stuff out of the washer for several hours after it was done…so it sat there, just bleeding black ink all over my dress. But…the good news...and this is where you are very lucky to have me do the dumb stuff first so I can tell you how to fix it if by chance you do dumb stuff too...it can be remedied! I figured I had nothing to lose, so I bought a pack of Rit Color Remover from my grocery store. I wasn’t sure if it would take out the black and what it would do to the dress’s color, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only did it remove the black dye, but it left the beige of my dress untouched! Score one for Rit!

From the Kitchen

  • Shrimp and Grits is an iconic southern meal that makes any Northerner embrace “y’all.” (Sharing this with you right now made me realize that I need to prepare this for dinner when my girlfriend is in town next week!)
Shrimp and Grits with chives.

Spring-y Sweets for Your Easter Table

  • These Lemon Rosemary Scones are the perfect breakfast/tea treat…or dessert, for that matter. The scones are just barely sweet, perfectly tangy with lemon, and then there’s that hint of piney freshness offered by the rosemary.
lemon rosmeary scones on a cake stand, with lemons in the background.
  • These Vanilla Mini Cakes are made even more delicious with an uncomplicated Lavender Glaze. If you don’t feel the lavender bit, leave it out! These buttery little cakes are delicious even without it.
Vanilla Teacakes Poster Image
  • This Lemon Icebox Cookie recipe is perfect for spring! Start with a great icebox cookie recipe and add some lemon zest and juice for a touch of freshness. For those who enjoy their cookies with icing, a simple lemon glaze provides an extra zing. Top it off with a fresh pansy if you choose, and you have a beautiful and delicious lemon dessert for any occasion.
lemon icebox cookies with pansies
  • Fresh Juicy Strawberries nestled in a sweet cream cheese filling and a buttery tart shell, then topped with a strawberry glaze, make a beautiful and delicious dessert. Step-by-step illustrated directions make this Strawberry Tart a doable Easter dessert, as the components can be prepared ahead.
Strawberry Tart in tart pan on a cooling rack.

From the Knit Studio

  • I have knitted this Argyle Baby Blanket for a few new babies, but it warms my heart to see that it is being knitted for wee babes worldwide! Don’t forget to share pictures of your handiwork!

From the Arts + Crafts Studio

  • In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a heated neck wrap using buckwheat and lavender. This wrap can be microwaved for warmth or kept in the freezer for a cold neck or shoulder wrap. The lavender added to the heat pack makes it very relaxing.
Woman wearing neck wrap
Cricut and it's Iron-On Gold Foil were all I needed to make these spiffy gold medallion pillows. These easy DIY pillows are the perfect addition to jazz up my home decor.

From the Garden

Long planter box filled plants and flowers.
  • This is generally a good time to plant strawberries, but check recommendations for your specific location. But make sure to check out these recommended Strawberry Companion Plants when you plan your garden.

In the Home

  • I’m always looking for ways to slow my world down, simplify my life, and make it less busy and stressful. I surely don’t have all the answers, and I don’t always do what I know I *should* do, but I do make a daily effort. It all comes down to creating healthy habits. Here are eight tips/suggestions to simplify your life to reduce stress.
A screen shot of a phone schedule.

Books Read and Listened to Thus Far This Year

I’ve updated my books read thus far in 2024 list. I added a ‘books listened to’ section as well, as I continue to work my way through all of the Charles Dickens books on Audible. Thus far this year, I’ve listened to Bleak House and David Copperfield.

Remember, you can easily find the book list on the home page of the website. It’s in the third section down.

books on bookshelf

Some Fun Finds and a Few Favorites

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Fun Finds

More reasonably priced artwork if you need to fill a space on your walls.

An assortment of lovely throw blankets/bedspreads, nicely priced. I’m trying to figure out how to use one in our home.

Cute woven bag.

These are nice jars that are easily accessible without having to screw anything off.

Some Garden Favorites

This is our go-to deer repellent. I know some folks find the smell a bit repellent for humans, too, but once it dries it isn’t awful to me. And I’m willing to have some minor olfactory inconvenience to keep my hydrangeas in one piece. You do need to apply it regularly, especially if it rains heavily. I aim to give my hydrangeas a good spray every other week in peak bloom season and I can tell when I miss a week.

If your garden or compost bin needs a little worm assistance, we order from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. They always arrive healthy and complete with instructions to keep them thriving.

Well, as I previously said, I need to hit the ground running this week. God willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back next Monday!


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  1. Hi Lynn,
    I just finished The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish and loved it.
    I do not normally read non fiction, but am really glad I read Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higgenbotham. I have also read some non fiction by Patrick Radden Keefe and can not recommend him high enough. His story of the opioid crisis is very well done. I also liked his story about Ireland and also Rogues. I had to be talked into reading the non fiction, but am very glad that I did. I listen to most on Audible and love that I can listen while I do my needlepoint or housework. I certainly get more read that way! I am a fairly new knitter, so listening invites mistakes :(.

    1. Thanks so much Pam! I welcome and truly love book recommendations. I am not familiar with any of the ones you recommended, so going to add some to my queue. Like you, I rarely read non-fiction, but will check your suggestions out.

      And with Audible, I actually look forward to doing housework! I look for work to do so that I can listen! It’s a win-win!

      Again, thanks for writing in with your suggestions.

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