Happy “dog days” of summer! Though I know some of you have kids that have gone back to school already, the weather is still firmly summer in most places (though not the place we spent our vacation- 70s with occasional sun is about as good as summer gets there!). We’re dry, dry here in Oregon with most mornings starting with hazy skies from all the wildfires around us until the breeze blows it out a bit.
This weekend marks the peak of eclipse madness that’s taken over. We live right on the edge of totality, so most people are driving through on their way to see the 100%, making for busy roads, but hopefully leaving us stocked shelves and gas stations. I’ve heard some towns in Central Oregon had gas shortages as early as last Wednesday – and when you did find gas, you got to pay .30 more a gallon!
Me? I’m happy to view my 99% from our deck – and then go on with my life. 🙂
On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them – at no cost to you.)
Our summer vacation to Canada. We finally got to take a trip that had been in the planning for two years – we visited the birthplace of Brian’s grandpa in Nova Scotia with 10 other family members. We saw grave stones, family houses and learned his family heritage from the one family member still in Nova Scotia. We also did touristy things like visiting Peggy’s Cove, Crescent Beach, and the Halifax Maritime Museum.
We then took time to drive north to spend a couple days on Prince Edward Island (PEI), which was SO beautiful! It was probably the highlight of the trip for me. We visited the Anne of Green Gables things, of course (that’s us on the right strolling Lover’s Lane), but I loved where we stayed -the historic Dalvay-By-The-Sea – and the incredible beach nearby with red sands and warm water. So surprising! Apparently it’s the warmest water north of the Carolinas. I don’t understand how that can happen – I mean the beach is facing the north pole – but I was thankful for it!
Have any of you been to NS or PEI? What were your favorite things?
A cute retro fan. In an effort to try and get some sleep at night with dogs barking randomly at times through the night, we decided to get a fan for white noise. It’s warm now, so it’s a good option – I’m not sure it will still be in the winter, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it!
Anyway, I didn’t want just any old fan since it was going to be a part of the decor (to which Brian just rolled his eyes – he actually had to take back a fan he bought on a whim, ha!), so I searched online for a vintage-looking fan. We actually have an old fan that works, but it’s a bit too loud with a random squeak that wouldn’t be good for sleeping.
I was so happy to find this fan pictured above – it’s all metal with a cute retro look and wasn’t too expensive (some reproduction fans are crazy-expensive). It’s a small-to-medium size that fits on our dresser and it’s got just a pleasant fan sound. Just about perfect.
The watering tools that are saving my life right now. So when you’re watering all.the.time. good tools really pay off, right? If you’ve been part of the AOC community for awhile, you know my love of soaker hoses – and now is the time they are really paying off. With no water evaporation like overhead watering, this water gets right where it’s needed – at the roots.
And all it takes is a few minutes using the quick-connect hose fittings pictured above to remove the regular hose from one soaker to another (these are a better price than stores, by the way). Bam, watering done.
I let the soakers run for 2-4 hours, depending on the amount of sun the area gets and how much space the soaker is covering. Once to twice a week is all that’s needed, though remember to remove the flow restrictor thing in the part of the hose you hook to a regular hose. It’s impossible to water well with those in place!
The other thing I’ve been loving is a thumb controlled watering nozzle for containers. It’s so easy to water one-handed with this and still adjust the flow for larger or smaller plants. You’ll find me watering in the morning with coffee in one hand and my thumb nozzle in the other. #summermornings
Links To Check Out:
23 green bean recipes you may want to try.
12+ canning mistakes to avoid.
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Thick and fluffy cream cheese frosting with less sugar!
Upgrade your entryway with these pretty ways to display house numbers.
What do you think of this article on ‘clean eating?’
A simple trick to keep deer out of the garden.
What do you think- will this pie crust recipe change your life?
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