Friday Night at the Movies – Everybody’s Fine

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

In light of the all of the crazy family dynamic drama that usually comes along with the holidays, I thought it would be appropriate to watch Everybody’s Fine tonight.  It’s about a widowed father who decided to travel to his adult children after they all call and cancel coming home for the holidays.  It’s a feel-good tear-jerker…you’ve been warned.  The best part, though, is this is a freebie for Amazon Prime members.

everybodys fine

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

PicMonkey Collage

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.



Mavis’ Winter Garden Blog – Pulling Weeds, Chopping Rhodies and Planting More Trees

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

cutting rhododendrons

With phase one of the remodel behind us and all the big projects out of the way for 2014, I finally feel like I can start working on my garden now. It’s funny, for someone who loves gardening as much as I do, I really haven’t stepped foot outside too much in the last 90 days. And to be honest, I was starting to go a little crazy.

backyard garden in need of weeding

Mostly because every time I would pull into the driveway or look out our back windows all I could see was a HUGE UGLY MESS of a yard. Dead leaves everywhere, weeds, a mossy {and in some places non existent} lawn.

weeds

I honestly hate my yard right now. I LOVE the layout, and the potential I see in it, but there are only so many hours of daylight in December to work with, and by the time I log off the computer for the day, it doesn’t leave me with much time left to get out there and get stuff done.

shoveling dirt

Or so I thought.

planting a living hedge

Yesterday I made a game plan. A schedule of sorts… and you know what? I’m going to stick with it.

Let’s get this garden started…

~Mavis

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Monthly Garden Chores for December – East Coast Edition

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

This is a guest post written by my buddy Heather from Massachusetts. I thought it would be fun this year to post Monthly Garden Chores from both the West Coast and East Coast.

east coast garden pictures

Can you believe it’s December already? A year can really plow right by you when you have a marker like a post-a-month. This is a photo of my East Coast garden every month – cool right?

strawberries

Since it’s December, in New England, the gardening is rather scarce. And since we just finished off the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic about all the things I’ve learned from Mavis. And hopefully, when she reads this, she {and you}, won’t roll your eyes. Because, honestly, Mavis has turned out to be that great {albeit electronic} neighbor next door you had no idea you were about to inherit when they moved in, but are thrilled with your good fortune.

breakfast sandwiches

I often joke with my husband of 16 years that he survived all sixteen years because when we first got married I didn’t know how to cook AT ALL. Let me put this into reference for you: Eighteen years ago {we were roommates first}, I’d put the pan of water on the stove and put the pasta in right away and then wait for it to boil. Seriously folks, he ate undercooked food, overcooked {read: burnt}, and plain disgusting food. Food I actually took away from him at the dinner table because once I took a bite I realized it was just inedible.

Over the years I’ve mastered a good 10-15 solid, easy recipes from my mother-in-law, who when I first met her, had to teach me how to pick out meat from a grocery store. I’m not kidding. It.Was.Ugly.

dehydrating bananas

In the last two years, with the help of Mavis’ blog, my cooking learning curve has been fast-forwarded by about ten years. I love that her recipes are a handful of ingredients and they are broken down into a few simple steps. Simply put, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

cold frame

So let’s finish up the December East Coast Edition of my year as a guest-poster {is that a word?}:

Seeds I’m Starting Indoors this Month

With the cold frame completed {haha-I-can’t-believe-I’ve-finally-finished-that-project-right-in-the-nick-of-time-before-it-snowed} I can start as much lettuce as I want under the grow lights and plant the little darlings into the cold frame.

What I Plan to Transplant Outside this Month

Lettuce, if I have built that cold frame properly.

Plants and/or Bulbs I Plan to Purchase this Month

My daughter loves to go to the grocery store with me, mainly to sneak stuff into the cart I think, but while in the produce section she declared that she LOOOooovvved sprouts. That was news to me. So when I saw Botanical Interests 20% off Cyber Monday Week deal, well I couldn’t hold out any longer and I did finally bought the seed sprouter {that I’ve put in my Botanical Interests shopping cart five times in the last year} and seeds for next spring.

What I plan to Harvest This Month

Eggs, Lettuce from the cold frame, and sprouts from my seed sprouter. Hopefully, these two projects will keep the winter {no-gardening} cabin fever at bay.

growing lettuce in a cold frame

Houseplants and Indoor Bulbs

Winter is sooo dry. Especially if you use a wood stove or pellet stove {like we do}, you can almost see the lack of moisture in the air. Your houseplants (and no doubt your skin) will benefit from a few strategically placed humidifiers. We’ve got ours running day and night already.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs have been mulched, wrapped, and supported in preparation for massive amounts of snow. Now we just hunker down and wait for spring.

Weed and Pest Control

If you hear what sounds like 15 toddlers {with really long toenails} in your attic – ACT FAST. Those are squirrels or chipmunks and once they get in, they are very hard to get out. If you haven’t already, take a maintenance-style look around your attic and take precautions such as keeping tree limbs away from the house and sealing any attic openings.

Lawn Care

Lawn care has now morphed into snow removal operations. But before we get three feet of snow, drag the snow blower out of the shed and put it in the garage. Look it over, fix that thing that drove you nuts last year, buy a handful of shear pins {with a lot of ice and snow they never fail to break at 5:00 am with half the driveway done when you’ve got to get to work}, and fill it up with gas.

chickens

Mavis Readers are the best! Thanks for your help, comments, suggestions, and recipes this last year!

**These garden chores are based on my Zone 5b Southeast/Boston MA location. Find your garden zone HERE.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Friday Night at the Movies – Sleepless in America

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

If you missed the National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America on sleep deprivation, you’re in luck, because they are airing it again this Sunday.  I didn’t get to catch it, because we don’t have cable, but I’ve heard a couple of people talking about it now, so it looks like I’ll be sofa surfing at a friend’s this weekend.  It’ about the dangers of sleep deprivation–which apparently applies to nearly 40% of Americans.

If you have access to the National Geographic, check it out.  It might be a real eye-opener {no pun intended}.

sleepless in america

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

PicMonkey Collage

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Mavis Garden Blog – Harvesting Carrots, Beet and Turnips in December

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

Swiss chard in winter garden

By late yesterday morning all the snow had melted and my garden was one big soupy mess. Except of course for the chard. True, all the outer leaves had died a horrible death, but take a look at the center of the plant. It’s alive and kickin’. Swiss chard is the Energizer Bunny of the vegetable garden… it just keeps growing, and growing and growing. No matter what. You can’t kill it.

what does a garlic plant look like in december

And then there’s the garlic. It’s pretty tolerant of cold weather too. I didn’t even mulch the shoots and they survived the snow and freezing temps just fine.chive plant in winter december

And the chives, well, they’re hanging in there too. I planted a few packets of chive seeds about 3 months ago and so far so good. I’m hoping my next summer I’ll have a nice hearty row of chive plants. carrots

The carrots though, I didn’t want to leave those in the ground all winter because I didn’t have any hay to cover them with and I was afraid if I left them there until spring, they might freeze up on me and turn to mush.

winter carrots harvest

So I harvested all of them.

harvesting root vegetables carrots beets turnips

What a good looking harvest! Homegrown carrots, beets and turnips. Heck yeah!

How is YOUR garden doing these days? Still harvesting? Or are you done for the year?

~Mavis

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Friday Night at the Movies – Burt’s Buzz

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

I think everybody has at least seen Burt’s Bees in the store–even if you haven’t tried it before.  I really didn’t know much about the products or the company until the HH and I decided to watch Burt’s Buzz, a documentary about Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees.  The documentary looks at  a fun-loving hippy-ish, Burt, through the evolution of Burt’s Bees, the company, and re-caps his super interesting life.

burts buzz

I love watching documentaries about eccentric people who are not full of themselves because of the amount of money in their bank account. Although I was really surprised to find out how little he profited from “Burt’s Bees.”

Grab a cup of tea and be prepared to smile.  Go Maine!

~Mavis

PicMonkey Collage

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Harvesting Vegetables in the Snow

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

winter garden mavis

I woke up on the east coast this morning to a backyard {and garden} full of snow!  It.Was.Awesome.

winter garden

Harvesting vegetables from under 8 inches of snow is totally new to me.

harvesting winter vegetables in the snow

And to be totally honest, I was’t sure any of the vegetables I planted last August would be any good.

winter vegetables with snowWhat was I thinking?

carrots beets turnipsI’ll have to add roasted vegetables to the Thanksgiving menu now. Gardening in the snow, it’s awesome.

Have yourself a merry little Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to eat your veggies. :)

~Mavis

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Mavis Garden Blog – Mapping Out My 2015 Garden

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

measuring for upper garden plot

On Sunday  I got the garden itch {finally} and decided to pull out the tape measure to find out just how big of a vegetable garden was possible on the upper lawn. I was surprise to find out I’ll be able to install a 10′ x 45′ rectangular plot up there. 450 square feet. Not to shabby.

garden plot before pictures

My goal is to break ground in early January and {fingers crossed} create a mini Monticello type garden. Yes, there is a lot of shade, but since I plan on growing all my tomatoes, beans and peas in pots next year, along side the house where it’s nice and sunny, I think I’ll be okay.

pine tree litter future garden gate

The side yard however is another story. See where I’m standing? I plan to straighten the path out first, then add a gate and then install a perennial flower garden along the side of the house. pine needles in garden

But the pine and cedar trees are dropping needles left and right!!! Holy cow, they won’t let up. It’s insane. So much so that I am thinking about calling the tree guy to get a bid on removing the 6 trees that line the inner path between the garden and the house. I DO LOVE A WOODED SETTING, but c’mon, I can’t be raking up 2 wheelbarrows full of brush every single week. No way man.

future blueberry plot

I will admit though, living in the middle of a forest will be great for my blueberry plants. ;) They LOVE the acidic soil and I know they’ll just thrive on the other side of yard once I get them planted. But first, I’ve got a few weeds to pull.

Keep calm and garden on, right?

~Mavis

P.S. What do you think about removing some of the pine and cedar trees? The limbs have already trimmed about 12-16 off the ground by the previous owner. But I think I need more light. And a break from raking.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Ordering Fruit Bushes and Vegetable Seeds for My 2015 Garden

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

garden supply seeds tin box

This morning I woke up with one thing on my mind… getting my vegetable seed and fruit bushes ordered for next year. Maybe you think it’s a little to early to be thinking about next years garden, but I don’t because the best deals are NOW. Botanical Interests is offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more through December 23rd, and Raintree Nursery is running their 20% free bonus item deals through the end of the year.

Since I know I’ll start planting seeds in early January {I’m super nerdy like that} I wanted to have everything ordered and ready to go before The Girl comes home for winter break. That way I can enjoy the holiday season without having to stress about my seeds and plants arriving in time, especially since I’ll be starting from total scratch in 2015 {I like to start most of my seeds indoors under grow lights}. The plants and bushes will ship when it’s the appropriate time to plant in my area {I LOVE that!}

future garden pictures

My current property has:

  • Fruit Trees – 0
  • Perennial Fruit {like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries} – 0
  • Perennial Vegetables or Herbs – 0

Monticello

Starting a garden from scratch might seem like a daunting task, but I’m looking forward to it. Because even though my garden will be much smaller than in recent years, I still plan on making it AWESOME. Ideally, I’d like to create a {much} smaller version of Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello… meaning all the plants will be lined up in neat, OCD, little rows inside a giant rectangle. :) :) :) Which is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. And now I can. Just on a much smaller scale.

using stock tanks as garden containers

I’m also really looking forward to turning our back patio into a massive container garden as well. Once this remodel is over, I’ll be able to focus more on my yard and future garden projects, but first, I had to get those seeds and bushes ordered!

Here’s what I’ll be growing this year:

heirloom tomatoes tomato jam

Tomatoes I will be growing in my garden next year:

green beans

Beans I’ll be growing in my garden next year:

sugar snap peas

Peas I plan to grow next year:

homegrown organic beets

Beets, Turnips and Parsnips I will be growing in my garden next year:

heirloom carrots

Carrots I will be growing in my garden next year:

black beauty zucchini

Cucumbers, and zucchini I will be growing in my garden next year:

oak leaf lettuce pictures

Lettuce varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:

cabbage-3-v_opt

Onions, Artichokes, Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower seeds I plan to sow next year:

italian kale plant

Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Bok Choy seeds I plan to sow next year:

fresh-basil

Herbs I will be growing in my garden next year:

mini pumpkin

Squash varieties I will be growing in my garden next year:

raintree nursery

Fruit Bushes and Plants I will be growing next year:

Rhubarb, Purple Onion Bulbs and Horseradish will be purchased from the feed store once they become available. And fruit trees will be picked up in the spring.

Did I miss anything?

~Mavis

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Friday Night at the Movies – Remembrance

  • Like on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Pin It

Have you ever seen Remembrance?  I had totally forgotten what a fantastic movie it was until I stumbled across it on Netflix a while back.  It’s about a woman, who long after WWI ends, thinks about the boy she loved during her internment, and beyond, after he saved her life by helping her escape.  When she sees someone she believes is him on the television, she must has to decide whether or not to re-open her past and go looking for him.

If you are ever in a heavier mood, I seriously recommend checking it out.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 remembrance

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Recipes Garden Frugal Canning Chickens Travel