Getting Things to Grow

Wordless Wednesday: Janice’s Oregon Garden

July 17, 2013
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All photos by my Aunt Janice, and used with her gracious permission. Enjoy! This post is part of The William Morris Project and Weekend Bloggy Reading. If you enjoyed this post and would like more, enter your email address in the box below and future posts from The Family CEO will be sent to your email […]

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Weekend Reading: Checking In Edition

June 14, 2013
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I realize things have been a little slow around here of late. I blame the lazy days of summer. Still, I wanted to check in and update you on a few things. On a whim, I decided to take Operation Houseplant outside. This basket had been filled with dusty, fake flowers and greenery that I […]

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Weekend Reading: Memorial Day Edition

May 24, 2013
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A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. - George William Curtis Those of us in the U.S. will be observing Memorial Day this weekend. Here are some posts I’ve run across lately that are perfect reading […]

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Blog Rewind: Spring, Finally!

May 7, 2013

I think it’s finally safe to say that Spring has arrived in Kansas City. I hope I’m not jinxing things, since we did have snow in May this year, but I think we’re now in the clear. We even had a mother bird build a nest in the wreath in our front door. She laid […]

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Operation Houseplant: Succulents

October 10, 2012
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Operation living houseplant continues. The few fake plants that remain fall into one of these two categories: Fake Trees Both the fake ficus I bought back in the 90s and the better looking (but still fake) potted, lighted tree I bought at HomeGoods a few years ago. I keep these around because my kids’ schools […]

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Operation Tulip Bulb

September 25, 2012
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Every spring I look at tulips popping out all over and think I should really plant some. But when fall rolls around I’m all into mums and pumpkins and the impatient, lazy gardener in me never gets around to planting blubs that I won’t see until next spring. But this year will be different! Operation […]

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Indoor Plants and Flowers Revisited

August 20, 2012
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Last April I made the decision to get rid of many of my artificial plants and to add more real plants and flowers to my home. I blogged about it here. By now you might think that my home is a virtual rain forest of planty goodness. I wish that were so. Sadly, only some […]

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Growing A Potted Herb Garden

August 6, 2012
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Here’s a question I posed to my husband the other day: How do you tell the difference between a lawn that’s gone dormant and a lawn that’s just dead? His answer: I guess time will tell which ours is. Along with much of the rest of the country, Kansas is in the middle of a […]

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Adventures in Thrifting: Spring Edition

June 10, 2012
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It’s hard to decide what I like best about thrifting. The savings? Check. The thrill of the hunt? Definitely. Finding unique items? I’m hooked. The green element? Gives me the warm fuzzies. The characters you see shopping? Always entertaining. The truth is, it’s all fun to me. Here’s what I’ve brought home from my recent thrifting […]

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A Raised Bed Garden in the City

May 8, 2012

Centsational Girl is having a “Look What I Planted” party and I’m cheating just a bit. Because this post isn’t about what I planted, but what school children planted instead. My husband and I stumbled on this charming garden of raised beds while in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City last weekend. The plants were […]

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