This article was originally written in July 2008 but never published. I am publishing it now and will be adding a new post & some new photos which I was able to take of this garage this weekend on a visit back to Cape.

Front of house

This is how the garage looked when we lived there.

Grandma Ella

It was 1955 when Mom, Mark(2yrs old), and I(5 yrs old) went to live with Grandma on
Cedar Lane in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Grandma’s house was a one-room garage. She had it fixed up so cute though. It looked like a little doll house. There were lots of flowers growing down the drive and 2 beautiful rose trellises on either side of the walkway to the front door. The front half of the room was a bedroom/living room combined. The back half of the room was a bedroom/kitchen combined. There was a sink with running water in one corner. My brother and I slept in Army bunks in the back half of the room. Mom and Grandma slept in the front of the room. We listened to the Grand Ole Opry every night on the radio.


This is not our outhouse but it looks similar. Ours did not have windows however. Thank goodness for that! https://catfc.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/asphaltshack1.jpg

There was no bathroom in the house/garage. So we had to go to the outside john.We were poor, but clean. Our house garage was always spic and span; our clothes were always clean; and Mom made sure we were scrubbed every day. Bathing was in a tub out back in the summer.In the winter we had sponge baths from a wash basin. I can remember many stories from those days in the garage. I will be adding some of those stories as I get them written.

I went back to the garage a year or so ago. Here’s how it looked in 2008.

Not so cute now

This is how it looked in 2008

How I Make Dirt








It has been a very long time since I have posted an article. The reason I am posting one now is because I want to “Pin” it for my daughter-in-law, Samantha.

Here is the recipe I use for potting soil:

This is actually called Soilless Potting Mix (for starting plants from seeds or cuttings). I can’t remember where I found this recipe so I can’t give a link to credit the person who originally posted it. If anyone reading this knows where the link is, please let me know:

  • 4-6 parts Peat Moss
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 part vermiculite

Just throw all into a large container & mix it up. This recipe is for STARTING PLANTS FROM SEEDS OR CUTTINGS.

Once the plants are growing well, re-plant into POTTING SOIL:

  • 1 part peat moss
  • 1 part vermiculite
  • 1 part compost
  • Add a little water and stir it around with gloved hands or a shovel.

  • Then, just grab your containers and fill them with potting soil.  If you are using a commercial fertilizer, fill your pots half way, add a scoop of fertilizer and mix it in.  Fill your container the rest of the way, repeat the fertilizer step, and voila, you’re done.

This recipe came from http://doorgarden.com/12/potting-soil-from-compost

H/T: Mavis Butterfield at One Hundred Dollars a Month

While getting my IV fluids today, I brought along my Craftsy.com project. In the 4 hrs it took to get me re-tanked, I got a lot done despite the fact that I forgot my thread. (found some embroidery floss in my purse) My son, Jon, brought my thread to me before he went to work so that I could continue. Here is what I got done and also a few pics I took of the room I was in.

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My netbook bit the dust but I have found a new way to use the lap pad:



It is a perfect workspace for paper piecing or any kind of handwork. The wrist pad keeps things from rolling off (like pencils) and it is also an excellent pin cushion. The attached LED light helps with night work. And, because it is cushioned underneath, it stays on my lap so much better than anything else I have ever tried to use.


I can sit in my rocking chair (my favorite place) and arrange the quilt pieces; then I can carry it to the sewing machine without disturbing the pieces.


“Necessity is the mother of all invention.” ~Albert Einstein~

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I do sorta look like him now :) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Hello to all family & friends once again! I am quilting again….finally. I am working on a project from a website called Craftsy.com. The project I am doing is the Block of the Month, which is a FREE video class on different quilting techniques. The project began in January so I am just a wee bit behind :) I am trying to catch up and enjoying this course very much. Thanks to my quilting friends (& Sisters in the Lord), Arlene, Sandy, and Jean, for telling me about this project.
If you have never quilted, I believe that Craftsy has classes for beginners also.

Here are the blocks I have finished so far:

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Good Mornin’ Loves,

I have been doing a little cleaning this morning (emphasis on little). I needed to sit down and take a rest so I used the rest time to call and text people that I try to keep in touch with. I miss talking to my mom so much since she passed away but I have some other “mothers” that need a little conversation every so often.

The sunshine motivates me and makes me feel so hopeful. It’s like I have a shot of energy when I see the sun shining. I may even get some more cleaning done today! But, right at the moment, I just feel like rambling and blogging. I think I need to get me a cup of coffee to help me ramble. Hang on a minute……Oh, that is heavenly. I am addicted to coffee, I admit it. It is mostly Franklin Life Insurance Company’s fault (I worked there years ago and we had COFFEE BREAKS). Oh and my sister in law, Kitty, who lives in San Diego is also guilty of feeding my addiction by serving me STARBUCKS coffee long before it was ever heard of in the Midwest. I found out that I could order it and have it shipped to my home and that did it. Hooked for life!

Here’s how far I have fallen: I actually have a Starbucks coffee mug with a VELVET HANDLE. Not only does the coffee taste sublime, but the way that handle feels is just beyond words. So I can see it, smell it, taste it, and feel it. Oh, and also I can hear it when the coffee maker gives it that last sputter and sigh of relief after it pushes out that black magic.

You fellow coffee addicts understand the obsession. We should start a Coffee Addicts Anonymous. Hello, my name is Darla, and I am a coffee addict.

Enough of that ramble. I need to get something else done today besides boring you with my coffee stories.

My dresser in my bedroom is covered with all sorts of things. When I returned home from my last trip, all the little things that had no place landed on that dresser. So, my next small project is to clear it off and dust it.

There are other big projects that will have to wait until another day. Like, the kitchen cabinets….ugh, I hate to even think of that. I have so many dishes that they won’t all fit in the cabinet.

Ok, I am even boring myself with this uninteresting talk. If anything exciting happens I may post again today but I doubt it. I gotta’ got out of town to the doctor tomorrow, just a check-up on one of my many medical issues. I have a different doctor for every body part! :)

Enjoy your day! Thank God for sunshine!


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