Friday Night at the Movies – Fun With Dick and Jane

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This weekend The Girl and I are going to check out Fun With Dick and Jane.  It’s about a suburban couple {Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni} who find themselves in financial ruin after his firm goes belly up.  They decide that in order to make ends meet, they will start robbing from big businesses Robin Hood style.  Jim Carrey is always good for a laugh, and I am in the mood for something light, so I figure, what the heck.

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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My Goals for This Year – Week 27 of 52

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garage sale1. Get Organized. 

I am organized and ready to go for next weekends neighborhood garage sale. I hope it all sells!

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

I’ll be run/walking a half marathon at the end of the month.

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3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom Done.

reupholstered chair grey white black4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

I’m working on it. Slowly but surely.

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5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself Done.

I stole the HH’s office instead and Lucy claimed the guest bedroom.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden. Done!

The current view out my kitchen window.

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7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden We installed a fence instead.

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month. {So far so good!}

In June I spent $6.00.
In May I spent $26.50.
In April I Spent $18.46.
In March I Spent $42.44.
In February I Spent $32.52
In January I Spent $84.33

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9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store Done!

I have gone well over the 520 items I was hoping to get rid of this year either by donating them to the thrift store or placing items in my garage sale pile. Mission accomplished. Mrs. Hillbilly dropped off her old chandelier so I could try and sell it for her at the garage sale next weekend. Girly Girl will also be dropping stuff off too. Yee-Haw! I love having lot’s of stuff to se..

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10. Read 1 book a week. 

I just picked up Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness from the library. Have you read it? I am looking forward to reading it. 

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11. Slow Down.

I’ve been hooking sunflowers in my spare moments this week.

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12. Canning

I have loganberry jam processing on the stove as I am typing this. 😉

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Ask Mavis: We’re Talking Apartment Gardens, Radishes, Tomato Pruning & More

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It’s that time again. You ask, and I pretend to know things and answer your burning questions. It really is so much fun to open my inbox and see the wide variety of questions you guys have. Reminds me that my readers are so diverse and pretty dang awesome. So keep those questions coming and I’ll keep racking my brain for answers. As always, please pipe up if you have any input or are knowledgeable when it comes to any of the following questions:green heirloom tomatoes in a greenhouseCould you please give more information on how you prune your tomatoes? And if you add anything to the soil like Epsom salts, etc. This weather has been awesome, and I REALLY want to get higher yields this year. Last year was pretty dismal and I had issues with blossom end rot.

~Tracey L

Sometimes I let my tomatoes run crazy {like the picture above}. They’ll still produce, but always do better with pruning. I prune any leaves touching my soil, and then I clip off any “suckers.” {The sucker is the junction between your stem branch and a leaf, above a leaf.} For any tomato variety besides cherry, you should aim for 6 to 8 main stems. For cherry tomato plant varieties, you can have as many as 12 to 14 main stems. Prune the rest of the “suckers” off.

Your suckers will turn into main stems unless they are pruned. These stems will develop their own leaves and flowers, but you want to prune them in order to give your plant more air flow. This will reduce your risk for diseases and pests. Allowing more light into the center of the plant will also improve the flavor of your tomatoes.

You can also add straw mulch which helps keep the soil cool in the hot summer, suppresses weeds and reduces water needs. It also keeps soil from splashing up and contaminating the plant.

crimson red radishHi Mavis, I tried planting radishes in a box on my deck and the greens are getting big but no round bottoms are emerging. What is wrong? What can I do? I started them outside a couple of months ago and tried thinning them (using the greens in salad) but still nothing. I’ve also started climbing beans and sugar peas in boxes and they are growing but no fruit. …any thoughts?

~Linda

Three radish tips that work every time:

1. Plant in fresh soil with a neutral pH level {6-7}. Too much nitrogen and you’ll get big fatty greens but no bulbs. And don’t plant too deep. Sprinkle right on the surface.

2. Thin your radishes so they are about 2 inches apart. Overcrowding is a big problem from getting radish bulbs to grow.

3. Keep your soil moist. Never let your soil dry out or you won’t see any radish bulbs form.

small space container gardenI like your site but how would you lower your food bills as much as you have with no garden? I am asking this because people living in apartments don’t have the option to grow food like you do.

~David

There are still ways to cut down your grocery bill without a garden. Check out this post on How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half. Another great read is all about Small Space Container Gardening. And then check out Holly’s apartment garden on her tiny patio. You might have to get a bit resourceful, but a garden is still possible. Maybe not the size of mine, but my garden produces much more than my family can eat. So a smaller garden would work just fine.

to make a farmHi Mavis, I watched this documentary To Make A Farm last night and thought of you. It was really good. Think you will like it if you haven’t seen it. 

~Terri

Hi Terry, I watched To Make a Farm last spring and LOVED it. Thanks for the reminder, it really was interesting to see people farming on a smaller scale.

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Hi Mavis, I am wanting to can some low sugar jams for this summer. I have checked with some farms in Puyallup and found strawberries are just about done for the season and other berries are available now such as raspberries and blueberries. Do you know when other fruits are in harvest at a good price such as apricots and peaches? Thank you :)

~Patty

I was just in the Puyallup Valley yesterday and you’re right Patty, the berries are incredibly early this year {about a month ahead of schedule}. I too am on the lookout for a good deal on peaches because I am out of peach jam and would like to make a few batches to give away during the holidays. Fred Meyer usually has a good deal on peaches at some point every summer {probably real soon} as do Tacoma Boys. You may also want to stop the the Puyallup Farmer’s Market {it rocks!} and ask around too.

~Mavis

 

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Hello Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I am sure looking forward to this weekend. Everyone in  my family has the entire weekend off from work!! I have no idea what we are going to do yet but I’m just excited we get to spend the weekend together as a family. Wahooo!

Have a fun, SAFE and happy fourth of July everyone,

Mavis

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I just ordered Lucy the Puggle Dog another bag of her favorite Paragon Whimzees Alligator Dental Treats for $7.99 and found a few more deals for our furry friends:

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It’s Too Nice Outside to Blog Today…

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I feel like such a slacker today…
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Lucy the Puggle Princess and I have been playing in the yard all day harvesting vegetables and planting new ones. garden basket with organic vegetables

This morning we harvested 6 heads of lettuce, a handful of patty pan squash and two tiny heads of cauliflower. As you probably already know cauliflower is a cold season plant… and with the heat we’ve been having here in the Seattle/Tacoma area lately I was getting all leaves and not much cauliflower. So I decided to go ahead and put the cauliflower out of it’s misery and pull it.

I’ll try again growing it again in the fall when it has a better chance.

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Check out my pole beans!!! Don’t their vines look cute? I tied a little piece of string from the box to an outdoor light and it’s climbing it’s merry way up. I LOVE the way it looks. {Those may or may not be more discounted plants on the patio bench}. 😉

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I was at Wilco the other day and picked up 2 bags of discounted seed potatoes. The potatoes are in pretty bad shape but I’d thought I’d give them a try anyway. Who knows… maybe I’ll get lucky. loganberries

And last but not least… Loganberries. Have you tried them? Loganberries are a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry and our favorite berry spot Spooner Farms had a few flats of them today. I think I’ll make a batch of jam and freeze the rest to enjoy this winter.

Ahh summer…. I love you.

What are YOU up to today? Any big plans for the weekend?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Jenna From Missouri Sends in Pictures of Her Animals

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

animal pics1We live out in the country on 20 acres. We have two ponds, and I thought it would be great to get some ducks. It would be so nice to see them swim around and play in the pond. Well, they don’t go to the pond much. They just hang around in the yard! We don’t really have a garden, just a few tomato and pepper plants in containers. I don’t have much of a green thumb. animal pics3We have twelve hens total (the Easter eggers aren’t laying yet) and the one rooster. Here is my Plymouth Rock hen eating watermelonanimal pics2We eat most of our eggs ourselves and give away some to friends and family.

animal picsWe also have Suzi, an 11 year old Chocolate Lab and Charilie, a four year old cat.

animal pics 4I have also attached my favorite picture, a picture of my cat I took last Easter. These were all taken in Lebanon, MO.animal pics 5Also, there is a picture of our chicken run my husband and I built (we bought the hen house).

Thank you for allowing me to share!

~Jenna

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Water Consumption and Lawns

lawn mowing tipsCalifornia has started a rebate program for people willing to replace their water guzzling lawns for “drought-resistant gardens.”  Because “lawns account for 50% or more of Southern California residents’ water usage,” according to an article on CNN, California has instated an initiative that pays people to rip out their lawn {as much as $3.75 a square foot of grass removed}, in favor of more water friendly options, like rock and native plants.  The district plans to pay out $450 million dollars this year, but it is projected to save 70 million gallons of water over the next 10 years.

I am a HUGE fan of green space.  Here in Washington, though, it is kind of a given.  I rely mostly on the rain to get the job done.  I DO supplement in the summer months by watering my lawn, though.  I am also a pretty HUGE fan of not wasting resources…water being one of those.  Do you have to water your lawn in the summer months?  Does the water consumption bother you?Kew Royal Botanic Gardens  Succulents

I think I would be totally willing to make the trade-off and get paid to give up my lawn for a more native landscape.  I guess I would to learn to find a more desert landscape beautiful.  I know the HH and Monkey Boy would be more than happy to find something other to do than mowing the lawn.

Would you be willing to give up your green grass in an effort to conserve water?  Have you already?

~Mavis

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Hello Thursday! 

Yesterday was a little crazy around here and I didn’t get as much blogging done as I had wanted too. Sorry about that. 😉  I did stop by to visit Mrs. HB’s to check out her new light in the kitchen nook and I am in LOVE. We didn’t have too much time to chat, she had to take her son to BB practice, but I plan to stop by again soon so I can share some photos of her chickens and garden.

I stopped stopped by Chino the Handyman’s and Girly Girls house. Going back to the old neighborhood is a little bittersweet but man oh man, I am so glad I don’t have a huge yard to take care of anymore. Ha!

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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