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Beatrice Eclipse Beatrice, NE

This was such a fun day in Beatrice at the Homestead National Monument. This is the film made by NASA there and Bill Nye.  It was so much fun.  The park service did such a great job.


Before, during and after I took some photos of the event, the site and a Petroglyph of the modern type someone did on my car.


A Four Square House: Decorating the Living Room/Parlor/Away Room

In the new houses unless it is very huge they have only a great room.  This is the room of social connection with the kitchen, diving and living space in one room. I older homes that were larger the areas for separate. You have a living room, dining, kitchen and family room. These may or may not be open to one another. My dining and living room which I can the Away Room are connected by an opening. The family room and kitchen are now open to each other but they used to have doors between the two. The living room and dining room are separate from the other rooms by doors and hallway.  Anyway we have finally  made the room usable for have guests.  still have my computer desk in this room.  Some of the items are antiques or items we have collected over the years. I took out about half of the books from my book cases to put some items of interest.

Still, we still have more things to do to complete this room. The front door is in really bad shape and the door to the family room needs to be painted or stained. I will most likely be painted white later. We already took an old oval picture my  grandfather painted to put over the faux fireplace.  I still want to put a stain glass over the one window. Most importantly the ceiling will have to be done since to old ceiling is cracking a coming off. We plan to encapsulate the popcorn and ceiling instead of tearing down to prevent breading possible asbestos or lead paint with ceiling-grade gypsum board or with cofered ceiling tiles. coffer ceiling were very popular in four squares.


Early Spring Planting of Wheat, Buckwheat, Hairy vetch, Clover, Alfalfa and Rye



It is the wrong time to plant winter wheat. It should had been done in the fall. However, I got behind doing those busy months and did not get it planted. So I planted on 3/2. I shall find out what will happen it the plants needs a dormant period to grow grain. The other I planted should allow for a decent harvest. The Finnish Sweetheart’s Rye is a new discovery. I have not been able to find much about the variety.   If all goes well with this planting I am hoping to have some varieties of honey to sell in the farmers’s market. The company I purchased the seed plants the rye in December in southern California not very far from where I lived as a teen and they go the seed from the Finnish Landrace Association. Later this week I am planning to plant some oats and barley. I am hoping this planting will be useful to the bees with the clover and alfalfa. So I know it is a landrace from Finland.


I used a rototiller set to loosen up the top inch of soil to allow me to seed rows. At first I tried the Earthway planter but soon go too frustrated with the spacing.  I went to using a trowel to make a farrow and then hand seeding. I went back with a rake upside down to move soil over the seen.  Earthway now has a black seed disk I might try. This are was planted in wheat and corn so I left all lf the refuse to let in decompose into the soil and make an little cover for the seeds and plants as they begin growing.

Were I Stand



We got the first snowfall the other day. A whopping 2 inches on the ground.  The snow is not too bad but the temperature is frigid.  Any temperature under 32 is too cold for me.  i am a beach girl at heart although I love the prairie in many ways.  The cold and the almost constant blowing wind prevents me from falling madly in love with the area.




I started removing items out of the Away (Living Room) today. I want to get the falling ceiling repaired and walls painted.  Trim and doors repainted or stripped and stained. Floor painted and room carpet.  Then it will be decorating the room. Another 2-3 year project I am sure.

Thankful for November Colors

Pyracantha and crap apples are plants you love or hate. The pyacantha has large thorns that you have to be careful of.  Still, I like these plants for their fall berry/fruit colors.  These plants are also part of my Arts and Craft Garden planting.



Thankful for Territory



Definition: an indeterminate geographic area


This was a hard picture to do. What is a territory in my life. I went with an area I live and breathe. That is home. This is the sunset I see in the evening on my porch.

Photo Field Study

Today I worked on a photo field study. This was an enjoyable exercise since I like taking photos. I went around to take photos around the property but decide to use the Welsummer rooster photos.



Voting, Climbing Mount Laundry and Tackling the Throne


I get a call that I am off today due to too many hours over at the workplace . I have a pressing need to do some housework so this is helpful.  So today I started I am trying to get caught up with the laundry and give the toilet and bathroom a real clean instead of the quick wipe. I try to not use a lot of chemical in my cleaning so I use a borax and baking scrub to clean the toilet.  I first shut the water value off and thenI sprinkle the mix I made inside the bowl. I then start scrubbing with the toilet brush. After a good scrub I let it set for one-half  hour.  After the time is up I turn the water back on and rinse. I found it there is an area that does not come clean the pumice stone is a good way to get it off.

Toilet scrub mix:  1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of borax. Add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use lavender.

Later I took a break to vote and get some chicken and vegetables for dinner. We are having Mexican Fried Chicken, Mexican Salad for dinner and Artisan Bread.

As part of my lifetime learning experience I enrolled into two classes online now. I am taking Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101 at Newcastle University. I have never been much into drawing but I hope I can learn some realistic techniques to draw some of my planting plans. This first drawing for SpatialDepth  needs improvement and I hope I will learn more to do so.  The other class is Soil4Life: Sustainable Soil Management at Wageningen.

After dinner we will drive to the KonzaBeekeepers meeting to learn about making stuff using honey and other bee products.


Spring Cleaning : Here We Come




I used to begin spring cleaning with gusto. I went from room to room working as quickly as possible to clean the entire home as fast I could. Now I go at a much slower and peaceful rate. Working projects are best one step at a time. The easiest way I found to do is by  cleaning  one room at a time. I am surprized I have only written on time on house cleaning with a list. This new list is better.

Sometimes the  jobs are just too much for one time so do it in small bites. Try putting on a timer for 15 minutes, add some music and go.  You will be surprised  by what you can do in such a short time.

If you have items that can be washed in a dishwasher this can save time. I especially like to do this with items in the kitchen that get a grimy film on them from the cooking.  Just be careful what you wash. One time I put a glass  item that I did not know had a plastic film that fell apart. 

I suggest having a box to put items you have no use or want anymore. Carry it from room to room. 



Front Porch, Side Porch, Other side Porch and Back Porch



I agree that I have quite a few doors. The other side door and back porch have the least amount of area but they still have some places that need attention. We also store wood on the side porch and have two trash cans to hold sticks and paper to help start the fire. I like them to be taken away and only have a sitting area and plants.

  • Sweep off steps and porches
  • Mop or power spray porch
  • Shake and clean welcome mats
  • Clean you door and door trims
  • Dust and wipe down the porch railings
  • Clean any outside decor.
  • Wash the outside window on the porches 



Basket details

Basket details

If you have an entrance, if you are lucky. Many of us just use a wall by the door but these areas still need attention. They are one of the most used and abused areas of the home. 


  • Straighten the coat closest,  if you have one, and sort all items.  If you have winter items this is the time to put them into storage for the summer.  If you do not like or want items anymore put into the box and get rid of them.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboard.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and all artwork.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.
  • Dust and polish furniture and decor.
  • Dust dust any lamps, including ceiling fans.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.




Living Room and/or Family Room

  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust electronics and vacuum the dust from the back.
  • Vacuum couches and chairs.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Wash throws and blankets and If possible, wash pillows.
  • Sort any magazine, books or other objects. Keep what you like and  put what you do not need in the box. 
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.


Dining Room


Dinning rooms were important the past but in most modern homes except the larger ones they are not present. Still homes have an eating area. You can just do this area by itself instead of a whole room. 




  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wipe down walls it you can. Paints like flat and eggshell cannot be washed.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps and light fixtures.
  • Sort all dinnerware, table linens, and knick knacks. Remember that box. Put items you do not need in the box.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.



If you cook you most likely clean your kitchen every day but at least twice a year it is a good item to really clean the area. 


chicken noodle bake




  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including painting and decor.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Wipe down walls. Hopefully, you have a Semi-gloss. Avod scrubbing eggshell type paints.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps. ceiling fans and light fixtures. I take the light fixtures down and clean inside.
  • Empty your cupboards and drawers. Wipe clean. Sort all kitchen ware. Keep what use and then put the others in that box. Restock cupboards and drawers.
  • Empty your pantry and food cupboards. Wipe clean. Sort your food and put the food back that you will keep.  Look at the best by date and decide if you want to keep or toss. Toss almost empty containers.
  • Empty your refrigerator and freezer. Wipe clean. Sort food and restock shelves. Throw away expired food . Food that have been open have should be used in a short time period. 
  • Clear your counters. Wipe clean. Sort what you keep on your counter tops. Decide if the items needs to be on the counter, put into another spot or given away.  Keep what you like to use, and get rid of the rest.
  • Thoroughly wash your kitchen sink. Clean the cabinet under your sink. This is a good time to get new drawer paper or plastic.
  • Clean your stove top, oven, and, if applicable, microwave or toaster oven.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard




DSC_0299I clean my bathroom well at least once a week but we all still need to check toiletries and other items twice of year. 










  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and wall hangings.
  • Wash windows, mirrors and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish knick knacks and light fixtures. I take down all to clean inside.
  • Sort and clean out any cabinets. Keep the toiletries and medications that you will use and throw away all of the others.
  • Thoroughly clean the bathroom sink, bathtub and/or shower.
  • Wash the shower curtain and bath mat.
  • Thoroughly clean the toilet. Remember to get behind the toilet.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.


Bedrooms, Office and Others







  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and other decor.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Strip bed of all linens.
  • Flip the mattress if you have a flipable one. Vacuum the mattress. 
  • Wash and dry all linens, including the mattress pad, dust ruffle, pillows, blankets, quilts, duvets, comforters, and sheets. If you cannot wash items at least put into the dryer to remove as many dust mites and other items or let it have a sunbath by hanging outside for a while.
    Empty your closets and drawers one at a time. Discard any clothing or items you do not need or want.  Keep what you  use and put the other items in the box.
  • Wipe down shelves and restock.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

Laundry Room

First Flowers of spring








  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings. and then wipe down the walls.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe out the inside and outside of the washer and dryer.
  • Clean off the lint trap and wash it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent.
  • Sort all laundry detergents and other items. Keep what you use dispose of what you don’t.
  • Sort all cleaning products and cleaning items. Keep what you use and dispose of whet you don’t
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

captureyour365- What I Eat

captureyour365          What I Eat






To be honest this bowl of raisin bran is not what I usually eat but it sure tasted good this morning. I suppose that is what happens when you eat a breakfast late in the morning and hitting the lunch time.

Last night I made some Zesty Chicken Oregano (Kotopoulo Riganato tis Skaras) and Armenian Pita Bread- Bread Machine. I did not make it in the machine but as quick as I could make it in a making bowl. It was a nice change for the evening meal.  That recipe is so simple I should make it more offen.

I have been busy going to events the last two nights. Monday I went to Kansas State University to watch the Anna Marie Wytko is a wonderful Sax player.

Last night I went to the monthly Konza Bee Keepers Association. We had a presentation by  Dr. Viktor Chikan who work primary in research on  nanoparticles but in his spare time like to collect swarms and enjoys beekeeping.  He gave a humorous but informative talk on catching swarms using bait hives.


Have a great day!

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