Welcome, New Neighbor!

When we bought the lot to build our home, we chose a lot that had what our city calls a “canal” as the back border of it. (Let’s be honest, it’s a drainage ditch – no matter what you want to call it.) We thought that it would give us more privacy than having neighbors right behind us, especially since the canal has undeveloped city-owned property on the other side.

But we got a major bonus we didn’t expect: a vibrant wildlife population centered on the water source that treats our backyard as their own private meadow. In addition to the regular Florida suburban squirrels, raccoons and armadillos, we also have resident deer, turtles, and even the occasional bobcat!

We really love watching the comings and goings of the wildlife and learning about their behavior. The retired lady next door shares our love of the local wildlife too and so text alerts fly back and forth between our homes when animal visitors appear out of the woods – a fun form of neighborly bonding!

A few days ago, my husband was sitting at his desk by one of our front windows when he saw a small quick moving blur go across the front yard. He immediately thought it was a bobcat. The two of us stepped out into the driveway to peer towards the direction of the neighbor’s to see if we could score a rare sighting.

baby fawn

Instead, as he stepped into the grass from behind my car, Mike suddenly found a tiny fawn in front of him! It was the tiniest one I think we’ve ever seen in all the years we’ve been watching “our” deer. It’s head wasn’t even up to knee high on me it looked like!

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A Girl & Her Blanket

I’ve made a lot of things in the decades that I’ve been crafting. I could never have imagined that the most important would be a simple quilt that I whipped up in a few minutes when I was pregnant with my daughter to save some money on my nursery decor. I don’t even remember where

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Visiting Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris

Nobody’s ever accused me of being a fashionista. But if you are, or just like me are an aficionado of fashion history, there’s a new museum in Paris that should be on your must-do list: Musée Yves Saint Laurent. This small new addition to the Paris museum scene is the first museum in Paris devoted to

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Make An Easy Scrapbook Layout in 15 Minutes!

I really love using paper strips in my scrapbook layouts. They make it easy to fill space, create lines, and create movement on a page. With a few stickers, they are even all you need to make a simple layout! The current project that I have underway to reorganize my photos (more on that soon!)

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How To Adapt A Digital Scrapbooking Template

I use templates when making a lot of my digital scrapbook layouts. To me, a template is a tool no different than any other that I use for creating. Often, my finished layout bears little resemblance to the original template. My creations might seem random, but I actually have a pretty standard workflow for how

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Top Things To Do To Get Ready For A Hurricane

Laying in supplies (like I talked about yesterday) isn’t the only thing we need to do to get ready for a hurricane. There are lots of thing that we can do around our homes – both way in advance and as a storm approaches – to prepare for a storm that will keep us safer

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Top 10 Things to Buy as a New Hurricane Prepper

As I began to research getting started with hurricane preparedness, I quickly became pretty overwhelmed. The lists on official government sites were huge and there are so many things to do. How do I know where to start when I have limited storage space and limited budget? I finally realized – after going down a

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Are You Prepared For A Hurricane?

June 1st is the official start of hurricane season, but we’ve already gotten a taste of what is to come this past weekend. Sub-tropical storm Alberto has kicked the hurricane season off with an early warning shot, soaking much of the southeast with rain and even causing several deaths. It’s almost like Mother Nature thought

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