Golf in your own backyard


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Photo and plans for backyard golf are credited to The R House by Lindsey Redfern

I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m really hoping one of the DIY TV reality stars knocks on my door and offers an amazing make-over in one weekend. My list of wants is ready to go, and high on the list is the ability to golf. Continue reading

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Who helps define you?


My cousins, all amazing women.

My cousins, all amazing women.

My cousin died. On Tuesday, July 21 she lost her battle with cancer.

In this blog series I’ve talked about my mother and sister, my grandmothers and other women who’ve influenced who I am. Today I’d like to talk about cousins. Yes, this isn’t about flowers. Continue reading

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Identifying weeds: Friend or foe?


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Lady’s Thumb (Persicaria maculosa), a member of the knotweed family is very invasive.

It’s happened more than once. I’m scrutinizing a young plant trying to identify friend or foe, and blaming my horrible memory capacity for not remembering the details better. Then in a couple weeks I have this huge, unsightly monstrosity overtaking a garden bed. Or worse, a friend asks, “Is that a weed?”, and I blithely say, “Oh no, that’s a keeper”. Then she calls me to say it has choked out every other plant near it and given her child a nasty rash. Continue reading

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Reducing the risk of ticks: Gardeners’ bane


Nigel and Harvey in the Fall of 2014.

Nigel and Harvey in the Fall of 2014.

Each spring our local newscasters announce its going to be a bad year for ticks. Seriously, is there a good year for ticks in Wisconsin?! Last year Dave had to take one off my temple after we finished golfing (super huge yuck!). Continue reading

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