Saturday, March 31, 2018

Purple in Your Decor

This year's color is purple. Here are some suggestions for using this vibrant color in your home decor.

Valspar Ultra Violet is pictured here in this Living Room

In the bedroom below the  pillow is picking up the African violet from the rug with a calmer effect presented by the lavender chest and the light blue tone of the wall.

Below are several different ways purple is used in the kitchen.

Don't forget the kids' rooms

Time for Dinner

I never realized there were so many shades of purple

I could go on and on.  But you get the idea.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

It's Whale Watching Season!!

Its spring whale watching season on the Oregon coast.

 Here are some tips for how to watch for whales.

First , you have to know what they look like HA HA!

 Well.  Here's the  the front part.

Whales can be seen on the Oregon coast year round but RIGHT NOW in the last week in March is the best time.  

You can spot these giant mammals anywhere along the Oregon Coast but Depoe Bay is the whale watching capital of the coast.

You might be lucky enough to see a breach or a fluke but probably what you'll see is a spout and the hump of it back as it dives under water.

To get a close up view you might book a spot on a whale watching boat.

If you do spot a whale you can watch it as it swims at a rate of  five miles per hour, staying under water for three to five minutes at a time. They will be heading north in  the spring and south in  the winter.

The gray whale, also known as  grey whale, gray back whale, Pacific gray whale, or California gray whale reaches a length of about 49 feet and weight of about 40 tons.  Its life span is about 55 to 70 years.

Have fun whale watching !!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Seven Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen

All these herbs can be grown from seed but I prefer the easy way.  That being from seedlings in pots that can be obtained from your local nursery.

1. Chives love plenty of light (preferably full sun) and moist rich well drained soil.   When watering moisten the soil thoroughly.  Keep constantly watered during growing season.  Cut leaves down to the base when harvesting.   Harvest 3 or 4 times during the first year then monthly thereafter. They flower in May or June and their flowers are edible.

Use chives as a garnish for salads, sprinkled on grilled fish or baked potatoes and in potato soup.  Stir into mashed potatoes, deviled or scrambled eggs.  Add them at the last minute when used in cooking in or to preserve their nutrients.  

2. Sweet Basil is the most common type.  Purple basil is not as sweet.  Lemon basil has a lemon flavor and Thai basil tastes like licorice.  Basil likes lots of sunlight and moist soil.  You can start picking leaves when the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall.  Pick the leaves often to keep the plant going.

Use basil in tomato soup and pesto and many Italian dishes.  

3. Rosemary is considered easy to grow.  It like a sunny location and friable loam soil that is allowed to dry between waterings.  It likes neutral to alkaline soil..  

Rosemary Leaves are used as flavoring in chicken and turkey stuffing  It makes delicious herbal tea.     It has a mustard-like aroma when roasted with meats or vegetables.

4. Parsley likes full sun and moist well-drained soil.  It is used as a garnish on all sorts of dishes.  It is loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium.

5. Thyme is a bit more complicated to grow indoors but it is well worth it.  It should have at least 6 hours of direct sunshine per day and the temperature and humidity should be average.  The top layer of soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings.  

Here is the well worth it part:  It has a beautiful clover-like aroma.  Season Seafood, bland vegetables and use in tea.  Pork and chicken benefit from being rubbed with thyme before grilling. 

6. Oregano loves to grow in pots.  It is recommended that you plant it in a moisture control potting mix to protect against over or under watering.  Besides being used in flavoring Italian dishes it has many possible medicinal uses such as in respiratory tract disorders, intestinal tract disorders, menstrual cramps, urinary tract disorders and certain skin conditions.  

7.  Sage is famous for its use in flavoring your Thanksgiving turkey dressing.  Grow in pot that is set in a sunny window.  Let soil dry between waterings.  

Some possible medicinal uses for sage are in digestive problems, depression, memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Use Wicker Baskets in Your Decor

1. Use as a holder for your flower pot.

2.  A place to toss your shoes as you come in the door.

3.  Store your hair care supplies

4.  Store your fire wood.

5.  To hold your knitting

6.  For Fruits and Veggies

7.  Toys

8.  Office Supplies

9.  Magazine rack

Please leave your comments and /or any other suggestions you may have

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Houseplants That Love Neglect

Do you forget to water your houseplants?   These beauties are just for you.  

1.  Succulents come in many shapes and colors They have thick leaves which store water and they need watering only once a week.  Wait until the soil is dry before watering.  They do light plenty of dry air and sunlight.

Haworthia concolor

Graptosedum "California Sunset"

2. ZZ Plants  Love to be neglected.  They require little light and little watering, making them ideal for offices.  Keep the soil on the dry side.


3. Pothos  This plant thrives on low maintenance.  It tolerates low light conditions and requires little watering.

4.Pony Tail Palm
This plant tolerates any indoor light and likes to dry out between waterings.  It isn't really a palm.   It is really a succulent.

5. Snake Plant (Mother-in law's tongue)
Allow to dry out between waterings and they require little light.  They are also helpful in keeping the air in your home clean by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.

6.  Air Plants
They don't even need soil to thrive.  Place in a pretty  dish or hang them in the air.  Soak them in water for 2-3 hours every 10 days or so.

7. Begonias
Begonias not only need very little light, they love to dry out between waterings.


8.Chinese Evergreen
Give it little to medium light and water when dry.

9. Cast Iron Plant   

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.