I thought I wanted a cold frame for my birthday, to help me with hardening off my seedlings started in my greenhouse. I have an old one that I’ve been using (that my engineer made me years ago), along with the picnic table, the patio furniture, and the patio cement. He was quite willing to […]
Why I Do Not Use Fabric Softener and What I Do Instead: Dryer Balls, Baking Soda, and White Vinegar Options
I stopped using fabric softener because: the “fragrances” were too strong for comfort they often unpredictably stained my clothing they seemed like a questionable expense they left an unpleasant film around the dispenser the things in the list below work well What I do now: a scoop of baking soda, approximately 2/3 cup […]
One of the first phrases I was taught in Chinese, when we lived in Taiwan, was 不要 (bu2 yao4), literally meaning “don’t want”, so that I could communicate confidently with persistent sales people. It worked wonders, because a polite shaking of the head, or even smiles while walking away, seemed to leave them with the […]
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Melody’s Life Savings
No one wants to hear that their child is sick - and the word 'cancer' is even worse. Written by her mother, Melody's Life Savings is the true story of the family's journey together during the illness and the impact of Melody's small legacy. Excerpts from Melody's journals and personal correspondence are included.