Thrifty Gardening Adventures, by Susan Karsten

My front yard has a flagpole, surrounded by flowers. The perennials that crowded and filled the 4′ circle were all tall and gave the visual effect of a stalky, 7-layer cake with a very tall candle in the middle.

I wrenched those out, all but a few more desirable, less invasive plants which I kept. Here’s what it looked like at that point”

You can see black-eyed Susan in the foreground,100_7489

and some Wedding Candle beyond that. Here’s an even clearer view of the “before”:100_7490

So, I went to a shop in a tiny town. The Village Flower Shop sold me two flats of large annuals for $5. I got an accent plant (that alone was orig. $8), two wave petunias, a dahlia, two large sweet alyssum, Swedish ivy, 3 geraniums, and two Coleus. Here are the plants before planting:100_7491100_7492

Here are some pictures of what I did with $5 of plants: 100_7493

And the flagpole flower bed:100_7496100_7494It will fill out even more, and I will add mulch.

How long will it take for my FREE Piano to be snatched up?

100_7449Story & Clark spinet-style piano. May/will need tuning. This piano is easy to move because it is on wheels. Considering that having a piano moved professionally costs about $100 or more, which you will be able to avoid, and that the piano is free, the $85 or so for a tuning makes this quite a buy!

I’ve been posting this on social media sites for several days with not takers. So now, I am broadening my reach by blogging about it.

Why am I giving it away? It was given to us and we don’t need a third piano at this time.

Book Review: Hope Harbor, by Irene Hannon

When Michael Hunter arrives in a small town in the Pacific Northwest to seek peace, he meets people who will help him on the path to healing. As the story progresses, the talented author Irene Hannon reveals the source of his struggle. Tracy Campbell is a young widow with needed healing of her own. The tale of these two, as they emerge from grief, is encouraging, realistic, and very satisfying.

If you haven’t read Irene Hannon’s fiction yet, you are in for a treat.

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Book Review: Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls, by Rob Elliott

Such a cute and worthwhile little book. Each page of this little book has a riddle, the answer to the riddle, and a clever little drawing assignment to augment an existing picture. For example: add drawings of birdies to a telephone wire, or: add a few sketches of sea creatures blowing bubbles.100_7450

Perfect for that phase in a child’s life when riddles are big. The book’s small size lends itself well to the possibility of a child taking this book along in the car, to the doctor’s office, or simply carrying it a small hand.

A fine gift for a creative girl, or addition to the creative family.

Book Review: “Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys, by Rob Elliott

Each page of this little book has a riddle, the answer to the riddle, and a clever little drawing assignment to augment an existing picture. For example: add a shadow to a little drawing of an elephant, or: add a few sketches of desserts to a page with an island (dessert island).100_7451

The book’s small size lends itself well to the possibility of a child taking this book along in the car, to the doctor’s office, or simply carrying it a small hand.

A fine gift, or addition to the creative family.

Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: Pesto & Potholes, by Susan Baganz

the other night, I had the enjoyable privilege of attending the launch party for Pesto & Potholes, a new novel by Susan Baganz.  Surrounded by fans, copies of the books, and delectable themed eats, we all enjoyed hearing Susan speak about her writing journey and had a chance to shoot a variety of questions at her.

Author Susan Baganz

Author Susan Baganz

An acquisitions editor as well as a writer, Baganz has oodles of completed manuscripts, but Pesto & Potholes is her publication debut novel.  Contemporary Romance is the genre, and the romantic scenes in this novel are extremely emotionally authentic, and, for lack of a better word….romantic!

book cover

book cover

Now, I will proceed with my review:

Pesto & Potholes is an excellent debut! This novel is loaded with lots of tasty ingredients. Delicious characters, both serious and whimsical (I’m thinking Edith here). The details of the setting are marvelous and of great interest to me, because I live near where the book is set. The realistic twists and turns of the couple’s romance grab you and don’t let you go. The bumps and trials (potholes) on the path to love and healing are real ones — unlike so many books where one little conversation between lovers would set all right — NO, this story has genuineness on every page, with some very fascinating and realistic problems keeping the hero and heroine apart. I was very satisfied and savored it down to the last page. Am very impressed with this worthwhile read. Will definitely watch for more by Susan Baganz.

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