Weekend Reading – January 16, 2015

It still looks like winter outside but the days are gradually growing longer and I’ve got garden fever. The white and snowy landscape is doing nothing to deter me from dreaming of getting some seeds in the ground.

Speaking of gardens, check out the beautiful gardens of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten. I love her TV show, along with great recipes and cooking techniques, she has such a calm demeanor about her that I find soothing.

Here’s a post about starting seeds that illustrates the use of newspaper pots. I’ve done this and, when it’s time to put the plants outside, the whole pot goes in the ground. I wrote about my experience with newspaper pots here and here.

With a nod to Old Man Winter who is still hanging on, here’s a look at a Norwegian folding ice cabin. One word: Brrr!

This post over at The Art of Doing Stuff inspired me to buy some bins and organize my freezer more efficiently this week.

I’ve been all over the web reading about essential oils and experimenting with a few of them this week. I had a little incident with the top element in my oven and a single drop of lavender oil took the pain away immediately. I’ve used it a few times and I’m amazed at how quickly it’s healing. Here’s a few more things that lavender essential oil can be used for.

Happy Friday. Happy weekend.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I love lavender oil because it’s flavorful, aromatic, and as your link suggests – very useful.

    You have been poking around in books and articles that look forward to spring, I see. Just this morning I discovered the article “The Potting Shed” clipped from Traditional Home that I may use on a blog post soon. Right now though, there are pentas and camellias on bushes outside in the patio plus geraniums by my front door – Florida in January.

    1. I’ll look forward to that post, Marian. We saw amazing potting sheds at the Pacific Northwest Flower and Garden show when we attended for a couple of years. So creative, so inspiring, and yet functional too. Enjoy those blossoms you have right now. I find I’m missing the winter flowers I had in my yard in WA. Only snow growing up here right now!

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