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  • Sheryl Simons
    The Simple Life By Sheryl Simons The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be happy. The buds are just bursting on our trees. We went
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 17, 2006
      The Simple Life
      By Sheryl Simons

      "The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
      happy."
      The buds are just bursting on our trees. We went downstate
      yesterday, and they are only slightly ahead of us. There was a
      weeping cherry across the street that was just blooming. How
      beautiful. If you get a chance in your area, to go for a drive
      during early spring (or anytime, really) take a camera and find
      ideas in others yards that you find, or parks, etc. Ideas are
      everywhere. A large rock with a certain pine or ornamental.
      Simple Island Garden
      One thing, don't be afraid to start a garden in your yard. Even
      experts make mistakes. Here's one idea. Let's say you have a bare
      yard, only grass. Pick a spot that is not directly in front of your
      house. A little off center. Remove the grass in a circular or
      other shape, no more than 10 feet by 10 feet. Work up the area. Add
      compost or manure. Now you have two weeks to decide what you want to
      plant here. Chose a tree. (make sure power lines will not be in the
      way, or other obstacles.) Your local garden center person can help,
      but you have to live with it. You might take a photo of the bare
      area with you. That will help a lot. Ask several for ideas, and go
      from there. Could be a dwarf weeping cherry, or a dwarf fruit tree,
      or a bush. Or, you could use a bird bath on a pedestal, or a bird
      house. Now you have a focal point. You still have a week or so to
      add more plants. You want Medium and short annuals and/or
      perennials. In the fall you can add some bulbs for next spring.
      When two weeks have gone by, remove all weeds that are just starting
      to grow. Put in your focal point, Toward the center (so that your
      garden looks good on the house side and the road side). Place all
      the plants where you think they might work. Keep them in the pots
      until you get them just right. Water the area deeply and plant your
      plants. Remember to plant at the mature size of the plants. If it
      says 3 feet in 10 years, this is your guide. This information
      should be on the plant tag. It might look small and far apart at
      first, but it will grow. Unless you are an experienced gardener,
      always get plants with tags, or you won't know how to plant the
      plant when you get home. You can also plant seeds, but it will be
      awhile before you see results, but this is very cost effective. And
      you want variety. Different colors, textures, and heights all draw
      interest.
      Now, put down landscape material (anything from newspapers, plastic,
      or landscape fabric, and mulch. For an area this size, you will
      probably need 4-5 bags of mulch. There you go. Stand back and
      enjoy. Now you have a nice little garden and have dramatically
      changed the looks of your home for the better. It will look so
      lovely, you might want to put a couple lawn chairs nearby, for
      relaxing.

      * * *
      "A change in the weather is enough to renew the world and
      ourselves." ~~Marcel Proust
      "Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps you believe in
      life." ~~Myron S. Kaufmann

      * * *
      Simple Peanut Butter Fudge
      A reader asked for this recipe, so I will print it again! This is a
      great one for a family get-together.

      Peanut Butter Fudge


      2 sticks margerine, or 1 cup
      6 c. sugar
      1 can evap. Milk

      Boil together to the soft ball stage (this is when you drop a few
      drops into cold water in a dish and you can roll it into a soft
      ball – if it is not ready, it will just dissolve. Or if it has
      boiled too long, it will turn rock hard immediately. After it
      begins to boil, keep checking it every minute or so. Use new cold
      water each time.)
      Stir in:
      1 18 0z jar peanut butter
      1 tsp. Vanilla
      Spread in pie pan and cut in squares when cool, but still soft. If
      you don't like peanut butter, experiment by adding chocolate chips
      or other flavoring, instead.

      Keeping it Simple,
      Sheryl
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