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Day trips from northeast Ohio: thrift stores, junk shops, flea markets, and antique malls

Featured photo by Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash. I love secondhand shops. There’s no telling what you will find and there is most often a bargain to be had. Finding such places, especially in rural northeast Ohio, can be a challenge. Unlike big corporate retailers, secondhand shops and thrift stores rarely advertise. They are… Continue reading Day trips from northeast Ohio: thrift stores, junk shops, flea markets, and antique malls

Gardens, Staycation Vacation, Travel

Day trips from northeast Ohio: botanical gardens, arboretums and garden centers

As spring days grow warmer and flowers burst into bloom, botanical gardens and arboretums inspire us with grand ideas for our own yards and garden beds. A half day walk through a garden followed by a visit to a great garden center is a dreamy day trip for anyone who aspires to be a great… Continue reading Day trips from northeast Ohio: botanical gardens, arboretums and garden centers

OSU Master Garden

Becoming a Master Gardener Part 2: Studies Begin

This mini-series of articles is intended to give the reader information about the process I am going through to become an Ohio State University Master Garden Volunteer. While programs will likely vary from state to state, I hope reading about the process as I go through it, will give others the confidence to join the… Continue reading Becoming a Master Gardener Part 2: Studies Begin

Gardens, House and Home

Real Gardeners Don’t Dig Cheap Dirt: Saving the Garden Center

Everybody wants a bargain. My gardening friends tell their gardening friends where they found the best price on vegetable and flower seeds. Social media gardeners discuss the cheapest place to buy everything from strawberry plants to decorative clay pots. Before the season of gardening frenzy goes into full swing, I’d like to wave a red… Continue reading Real Gardeners Don’t Dig Cheap Dirt: Saving the Garden Center

Travel, Travel Plans

Road Trip: Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Featured Photo by Brandon Frie on Unsplash As Covid threatens to screw up another summer of travel, a road trip focused on seeing the sights of Mother Nature can satisfy the desire to get away while avoiding planes and other modes of tight-space transportation. If you live within practical driving distance, Skyline Drive and the… Continue reading Road Trip: Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Fast Fix Cupboard Chili

Winter days can be cold and stormy with treacherous, ice-covered roads. The last thing I want to do on such a day is leave my house. Better to stay inside by the fire and leave the roads to the snowplow and salt truck drivers. Before winter rears its ugly head or -- depending on your… Continue reading Fast Fix Cupboard Chili