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Brick and Board Shelves II

brick and board shelf

In cleaning out some of my old posts, I realized I deleted this rather popular photo of my brick and board shelves at the old apartment.  My brother and sister made versions of these in their first apartments back in the 60’s.  I decided to replace some of the bricks with storage.  The bottom plastic boxes obviously don’t get opened very often since you have to remove the upper shelves to get to them, but the middle plastic drawers worked nicely.  My rattan boxes were slightly shorter so could be slid off the shelves when needed.  The red “bricks” were concrete blocks that came from the lumber yard which I painted with two coats of red.  Since making the transition to apartment life in 2001, my motto has been “keep it small, easy to move and light enough for me to carry myself”!


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Moving Forward!


For some reason, these sculptures in Des Moines express the feeling I have that part of me is hanging back instead of moving forward.  Why so few blog posts in 2013 you might have wondered?  Well…mostly….I’ve used up all my space!   My current plan is to clean out some of my old posts, rethink the purpose of A Passion for Green, and get blogging again.  So stay tuned!

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Biointensive Gardening

This year I am gardening with two other people who wanted to give John Jeavon’s Biointensive Gardening a try.  One of the main ideas is that you start EVERYTHING from seed in flats, even corn, beans and peas.  These are some marigolds I started quite a while ago.  It really has made gardening a brand new experience for me.  I’ve tried to start things from seed before and failed miserably.  It’s going better this year due in large part to the grow light Steven put together for me, but I also have a very different attitude about it.  In the past, I’ve always bonded with each little seed and plant, WANTING it to thrive, but you know, nature just isn’t like that.  And the spiritual lesson for me has been: maybe God isn’t like that either.  Most plants produce an abundance of seed and you wouldn’t want it all to survive.  I get upset at myself for each little failure, sometimes making it monumental.  But this week I’ve realized, I need to make lots of efforts, and only some of them will go on to grow and produce fruit, and that is just the way nature is.  And God, the Master Gardener, knows that and has planned it that way.

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Browns and Grays for February

I know February is about over, but I ran into this pic in my archive of apartment photos.  I like some dark warm colors for cold February weather. The hearts on this hanging were sewn on the squares, but then I just pinned the squares on the background fabric.  Using a checked fabric made it easy to get things lined up, and seeing the pins makes me fondly remember my mother’s love of sewing. Happy end of February and let the green of March begin!

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Swedish Straw Christmas Goats

Swedish Christmas decorations are so lovely and natural!

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Labor Day Breakfast

As the cold weather pushes us increasingly indoors,  I was just enjoying the remembrance of Labor Day breakfast outdoors at my sister’s cottage!









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Fall Kitty

Think of everything you love about fall….the crisp air, the golden glow everything has, the smell of burning leaves, the sound of leaves blowing around….and then add your favorite kitty……and a wonderful guy who is willing to hold the slightly skittish kitty as you drive to the park….that was my perfect fall Saturday!

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