Saturday, November 10, 2012

Quotes from "The Mormonizing of America"

The Mormonizing of Americaby Stephen Mansfield. New York Times.
Plant Mormonism in any country on earth and pretty much the same results will occur. If successful, it will produce deeply moral individuals who serve a religious vision centered upon achievement in this life. They will aggressively pursue the most advanced education possible, understand their lives in terms of overcoming obstacles, and eagerly serve the surrounding society. The family will be of supernatural importance to them, as will planning and investing for future generations. They will be devoted to community, store and save as a hedge against future hardship, and they will esteem work as a religious calling. They will submit to civil government and hope to take positions within it. They will have advantages in this. Their beliefs and their lives in all-encompassing community will condition them to thrive in administrative systems and hierarchies--a critical key to success in the modern world. Ever oriented to a corporate life and destiny, they will prize belonging and unity over individuality and conflict every time. 
These hallmark values and behaviors--the habits that distinguish Mormons in the minds of millions of Americans-- grow naturally from Mormon doctrine.  They are also the values and behaviors of successful people.
Mormons make achievement through organizational management a religious virtue. It leads to prosperity, visibility, and power. 
Mormons rise in this life because it is what their religion calls for. Achieving. Progressing. Learning. Forward, upward motion. This is the lifeblood of earthly Mormonism. Management, leadership, and organizing are the essential skills of the faith. It is no wonder that Mormons have grown so rapidly and reached such stellar heights in American culture. And there is much more to come. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Alma 46:40

Alma 46:40
And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Path Without You

Path Without You

Today, I am walking down
a different path from you,
so I can heal.

And while I miss you,
I must continue to walk this path
where you are not.

I find a little bit more
of the healing I am looking for.

Maybe someday
I will visit your path again.

So that I can see your smile,
your eyes
and see your familour face again.

Maybe I will be able
to point you in the direction
that I found healing.

Maybe you will be able
to walk a path to healing also.

But for today
I walk without you,
even though I miss you.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Best Pins for April 2012

Your Children Want You!
I just love those pins that change you.  This great post speaks directly to the heart of us avid pinners.   April helps us remember our priorities.  Children want their mothers time more then anything, even fancy projects made with buttons, and all the other pinteresting things.
Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?
The first place pin inspired me. This 2nd place pin inspired my daughter.  It helped her look at herself through new eyes and say to herself... "See I am great just the way I am." and "There is a good reason why I like to ask lots of questions."  This post also helped me say to myself "Calm down, different is good, different was the goal after all."
10 Habits for a Well-Run Home
I have read many homemaking books, followed homemaking blogs.  I am always looking for the magic way to make homemaking easier.  I have seen lots of pins go by with simplified cleaning lists.  But this post was different.  This post talks about good habits and how they can help the home run more smoothly. I loved this simplified and new way to look at homemaking.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Boxing and Faith

Here is a quote from an email my wonderful friend Tammy sent me.
There are times when I feel boxed down too. Times when I just don't have the strength or courage to do one more thing. Or when I start to feel worthless and trampled on. It's at those times when I have to remember that faith and despair cannot exist at the same time. You cannot have faith if you are despairing. Then I have to remember who wants to see me despair - Satan. Satan likes to see me falter and stumble and feel worthless. That's when I get up and put my boxing gloves on and decide that I'm done being punched by others. I'm done being boxed by Satan and I'm going to win. He is NOT going to decide my life or make me despair. I WILL NOT LET HIM. Despair is one of his greatest tools. I have to remember to REFUSE to feel despair! ~ Tammy

Friday, April 13, 2012

Best Pins for March 2012

Projects Like Ravening Wolves
Actually, I think I should vote this post best pin of the Quarter!  It is this pin and the best pin of April that inspired me to start a Best Pin of the Month list.  I am now encouraged to get ride of lots of false projects in my life.  What a fresh and funny way to look at clutter and projects.
Seed Sowing in the Snow
Winter sowing is such a happy and pleasant way to pass the dreary month of January, when all you want is to see spring again soon.  Instead of dreading long winter days you can happily start gardening even while it is snowing. This form of sprouting is so simple and so successful.  I am glad to have such a great post to show to other people.
A Top-to-Bottom Guide to Saving Money Around Your House
I am a visual person.  Somehow this cute representation makes saving money more interesting.  Lots of great ideas.

Best Pin of Feb 2012

Beneficial, Edible and Useful Flowers
Um... Yes, I did vote my own pin the best. This is because of all of the pins  I have pinned this one got the most repins.  And I like it :).  But I am sure I am bias.
What's In Season Now?
What a great quick visual reference for year round healthy eating!  I am sure I will refer back to it often.  I voted this as a best pin so I find it again and again.
10 Ways to Stop Yelling
This was another pin that came at just the right time.  This was a good refresher course on ways to be more effective in communicating with my children.

Best Pin of the Jan 2012

“We Had Abortions . . . . I’ve Had Abortions” — A New Voice in the Abortion Debate

I have read about Post-Abortion Syndrome.  Mothers are often told that abortion is the easy way out.  But many mothers are now speaking out about the many negative side effects of abortion.  This article brought up an important new perspective on abortion, the Fathers are effected negatively by abortion also.  This article has great new information on an important topic, that is why I picked it to be the best pin for Jan 2012.
Beware of these marriage killers

This was wonderful timing on a well written article.  Just when I needed the reminder this post at Simple Mom suggested avoiding contempt, criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Stonewalling, a very descriptive word for exactly what I was doing.  Written by a man this post helps us women understand the side effects of these actions.  This post was both timely and well written so I picked it for the 2nd best pin of the month.
Sprout Robot

Enter your zip code to get a great planting guide, complete with a calender that tells what week to plant each type of plant. It can take a gardener allot of work to list and plan out the proper planting and spouting times of all of their plants.  Even if you do not buy a subscription from Sprout Robot the planting schedule is very helpful.  Because this site had so much information skillfully organised I gave them the 3rd place for best pin in Jan.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Cleaning, Rearranging and Redecorating My House

Front Room
  1. Finish Peg Rails for Girls room
  2. Move Bags to Girls Room
  3. Raise Peg Rails
  4. Find Cloth insert for wicker basket
  5. Sort shoes
  6. Clean entry windows
  7. Repair trim
  8. Paint doors
  9. Paint trim

Front room
  1. Clean couch
  2. Clean couch table
  3. Wash cedar box
  4. Wash leather couches
  5. Wash Shoe boxes
  6. Wash Foot rest
  7. Sweep and Vacuum
  8. Sort through extra books.
  9. Repair cloth on couches
  10. Make shelves for couch table
  11. Buy pillows for couches
  12. decorate back of couch bench
  13. Fill wood boxes
  14. organize and clean out Billy's
  15. Replace ceiling fan

Dinning Room
Dinning Room
  1. Wash Walls
  2. Wash Benches
  3. Wash Table
  4. Wash chairs
  5. Wash bar stools
  6. Wash table cloth
  7. Wash glass door
  8. Find places for two extra chairs
  9. put on new chair pads
  10. Replace blinds
  11. Replace ceiling fan
  12. Improve back of book shelve
  13. Wash cansiters
  14. Lid and fill canisters
  15. Organise Bookshelve
  16. Put clean dishes on long shelf
  17. Repair holes in wall
  18. paint
  19. Pictures

Master Room

  1. Replace blinds
  2. Make Headboard
  3. Buy Clothes bins
  4. Sort Laundry, Garbage, Mama's/Papa's, Misc.
  5. Organize closet
  6. Organize dressers
  7. Clean under bed
  8. Vacuum

Boys Room
Boys Room
  1. Sort Laundry, Garbage, Toys, Boys/Girls, Misc
  2. Vacuum
  3. Move furniture
  4. Set up garbage and laundry bins 
  5. Buy new bedding
  6. Make Artwork

Girls Room
Girls Room
  1. Sort Laundry, Garbage, Toys, Boys/Girls, Misc
  2. Vacuum
  3. Move furniture
  4. Set up garbage and laundry bins 
  5. Buy new bedding
  6. Make Artwork
Teen Room

Teen Room
  1. Sort Laundry, Garbage, Toys, Boys/Girls, Misc
  2. Vacuum
  3. Move furniture
  4. Set up garbage and laundry bins 
  5. Buy new bedding
  6. Make Artwork
  7. Buy/Make Vanity

Family Room
Family Room
  1. Sort Laundry, Garbage, Toys, Craft, Misc
  2. Mop
  3. Move furniture
  4. Set up garbage and laundry bins 
  5. Organize Bookshelves
  6. Organize Bins
  7. Set up blinds.
  8. Make Craft organizers
  9. Repair stove

  1. Sort, Laundry, Garbage, Dishes, Office, Homeschool, Toys, Misc
  2. Vacuum
  3. Move furniture
  4. Get/ find additional extension cords
  5. Set up Computers and Media
  6. Buy 3 new office chairs.
  7. Buy baby entertainment.
  8. Set up keyboard (or upstairs?)

Great Tree Planting and Care Information has some wonderful Tree Care Posters.  I wanted to be able to find these posters easily and pin them so I am reposting them here on my blog.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Front Yard - English Garden - Curb Appeal - Plan

Summer 2012
  1. Plant bulbs
  2. Clean up yard.
  3. Sprout 6-8 shade bushes for front of house.
  4. Sprout vine plants for side chain link fence.
  5. Pull out front and back chain link.
  6. Map out post holes.
  7. Pay to have 20 post holes dug, 6 drilled in concrete.  Drill concrete post hole by back garden gate.  ($100-$300)
  8. Set posts in cement ($240.00 for 7 long posts, 12 short post and 7 post caps.  Additional cost for cement uncalculated.)
  9. Put up West side fence. ($95.00 1 large panel, 1 small panel)
  10. Put up East side fence. ($150.00 2 large panels, 1 small fence panels)
  11. Get new dogs.
  12. Put up front fence.$340 (14 picket panels)
  13. Put up front gates. (unknown cost)

Fall 2012
  1. Buy/ make 3-5 planters or pots for potted bushes.
  2. Plant vines and bushes.
  3. Remove cement stairs.
  4. Put up stairs and rails.

Winter 2013
  1. Buy new mailbox
  2. Install new mailbox
  3. Plan front garden.
  4. Sprout front garden plants.

Summer 2013
  1. Plant mint in daffdil garden.
  2. Put up Trellis and bench.
  3. Prepare front garden beds.
  4. Make garden boxes.
  5. Plant front garden plants.

Fall 2013
  1. Strip paint from front door.
  2. Paint front door blue.
  3. Buy storm door ($195.00)
  4. Paint storm door blue.
  5. Buy wood for shutters.
  6. Paint wood blue.
  7. Make shutters.
  8. Install shutters.
  9. Touch up shutters.
  10. Buy white trim for front door area.
  11. Paint front door trim.
  12. Install front trim.
Winter 2014
  1. Install new lights in the front yard. ($150)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Unique Berries and Fruits

Wonder Berry 
  • 12-24"
  • Full or part sun
  • Potting soil, watered well
  • Sow seeds 1/4" at 70-85 F
  • Keep Moist. Germinates in 2 weeks.
  • More online How to Grow a Wonderberry

Dwarf Blueberry (Northsky) -
  • 2 ft. by 2 ft.
  • Full sun
  • blueberry plants need slightly acidic soils with a pH of 4.0 to 5.0 
  • Good air circulation and drainage.
  • Read More Online 
  • foliage turns a deep red in the autumn
  • mature in July
  • temperatures as low as --45 degrees F
  • Sow seeds in 1/2"
  • Keep moist
  • Germinates in 7-48 days.

Buckthorn Berry - shrub
  • about 3ft hight
  • partial shade
  • loam soils, high organic matter. The plants are very salt tolerant and adaptable to a wide range of soil pH.
  • well drained 
  • More online
  • Soak seeds overnight in water.
  • Sow seeds 1/4" deep in soil that is 70-85 degrees.
  • Keep moist Germinates in 7-48 days
  • Read More Online - Growing Sea Buckthorn

Highbush Blueberry 
  • 4-6 feet tall
  • Full sun
  • sandy loam soil, rich in organic matter
  • well-drained
Read more online: Growing Highbush Blueberry


  • 4 to 6 feet wide.
  • full sun.
  • Cold stratify in freezer for 30-60 days.
  • Sow seeds in 1/4" deep in soil that is 70-85 degrees

Red Huckle berry

  • grows in both full sun to shade
  • 4-10 feet tall
  • Press seeds into soil that is 70-85 degrees F

Cocona Shrub 

  • 6 1/2 ft
  • benefits from a light shade
  • Press seeds into soil tat is 75-85 degrees.
  • Keep moist.
  • Germinates in 7-48 days
  • More about the Cocona Shrub

Elder berry

  • grows 6 to 8 feet
  • Grows in the shade and full sun

Appleberry Vine

  • 6 to 8 feet
  •  in sun or semi-shade
  • roots are susceptible to heat & may need mulching to protect from sun
  • Sow seeds 1/4" deep in saoil that is 75-85 degrees. Keep moist. Germinates in 7-48 days

Buffalo Berry 

  • 6' to 10' tall
  • full sun to partial shade
  • Cold stratify for 30 days
  • Sow seeds 1/4 " deep. at 70-85 degrees
  • Keep moist
  • Germinates in 7-48 days.

Dwarf Crabapple Tree
  • 5-10 ft high
  • Plant crabapples in full sun and where other nearby trees will not shade them excessively. Crabapples flower and fruit best in full sun, but can tolerate light shade. Where excessively shaded, crabapples become more open, flower and fruit less, and experience more problems with powdery mildew. Planting crabapples on hot south or west exposures may force them into bloom too early and thus subject the blooms to late frost damage.
  • Crabapples are fairly drought-tolerant once established, needing only 15 to 20 inches of annual moisture (precipitation plus any supplemental watering). Planting them in high-maintenance turfgrass generally subjects them to more water and fertilizer than they need, often resulting in more incidence of disease. A better location is in mulched beds, receiving drip irrigation or hose-end watering that avoids leaf wetting.

Weeping Fig

  • Height: 45 to 60 feet
  • Spread: 60 to 100 feet
  • USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11 
  • Light requirement: tree grows in part shade/part sun; tree grows in the shade; tree grows in full sun
  • Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; occasionally wet; alkaline; well-drained
  • Drought tolerance: high
  • Roots: surface roots can lift sidewalks or interfere with mowing
  • Read More

Beneficial, Edible and Useful Flowers

List of Flowers sorted by usefulness

Good for beneficial 
bugs and reducing pets.
  • Alyssum
  • Borage
  • Buckwheat
  • Cornflower
  • Cosmos
  • Crimson clover
  • Feverfew
  • Marigold
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Zinnia

Soil replenishing
and protecting.
  • Comfrey
  • Crimson clover
  • Hairy vtech
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Phacelia
  • Poached egg plant
  • Sunflower
  • Winter peas

Eidble and useful.
  • Buckwheat
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Comfrey
  • Cornflower
  • Echinacea
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Monarda
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Valerian
  • Winter peas

Chart  of Beneficial Flowers sorted by height. How high or tall they are.  Heights are in " inches or ' feet.
  1. Poached egg plant - 6x6"
  2. Nasturtium - 6"-12"
  3. Alyssum - up to 8"
  4. Phacelia - about 10"
  5. Marigold - around 12"
  6. Crimson clover - 12-20"
  7. Echinacea - 12-30"
  8. Comfrey - 23-30"
  9. Buckwheat 24-30"
  10. Cornflower - 8-32"
  11. Calendula - 1-3'
  12. Lavender - 1-3'
  13. Feverfew - to about 2'
  14. Borage -  2-3'
  15. Chamomile - 2-3'
  16. Scarlet Sage - 2'-3'
  17. Zinnia - 2-3'
  18. Monarda - 2-4'
  19. Winter peas - 2-4'
  20. Hairy vtech - 3-4'
  21. Oats - 2- 5'
  22. Cosmos - 3-6'
  23. Valerian - up to 5'
  24. Sunflower - up to 20"

List of Flowers based on Sun Needs
Full Sun
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Cornflower
  • Oats
  • Winter peas
  • Zinnia
Full Sun to Partial shade
  • Alyssum
  • Buckwheat
  • Cosmos
  • Echinacea
  • Feverfew
  • Hairy vtech
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Monarda
  • Nasturtim
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Valerian
Partial Shade
  • Comfrey

List of Flowers based on soil needs
Average Well Drained
  • Alyssum
  • Borage
  • Buckwheat
  • Cosmos
  • Comfrey
  • Feverfew
  • Hairy vetech
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtim
  • Oats
  • Phacelia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Valerian
  • Winter peas
  • Zinnia
Fertile/ Rich Moist
  • Calendula
  • Monarda
  • Poached egg plant
  • Cornflower
  • Echinacea
Fertile/ Well Drained
  • Chamomile

Nuteral PH
  • Echinacea

Alphabetical List of Flowers, their companion plants and plant benefits.
  • Alyssum - Alyssum in the perfect little flower to tuck into the corners of beds. Alyssum is famous for attracting tiny wasps and other beneficial insects.
  • Borage - Plant with cucumbers, squash, or any crop that needs strong defense from insects. Borage attracts large buzzing insects that dominate their air space.
  • Buckwheat - Mixes well with upright flowers, and makes an attractive backdrop for herbs. A small bed of buckwheat in bloom will attract numerous beneficial insects.
  • Calendula - Plant with spring salad vegetables, peas, carrots, cucumbers. Calendula blossoms are edible and can be used to bring orange color to rice or potato dishes, or snip them onto soups or salads for extra flavor and nutrition. Use clean scissors to snip off petal tips, and compost the rest.
  • Chamomile - Plant with Lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens grown in spring, as well as calendula, coriander, and other spring-blooming herbs and flowers.
  • Comfrey - Comfrey is a large plant that tends to crowd out its neighbors. Comfrey is a fine source of greens for composting. When the large plants are cut back in summer, old branches are quickly replaced by a fresh flush of foliage.
  • Cornflower - Cornflowers have an upright posture that helps them fit in tight spaces. Intersperse throughout the garden, as cornflower nectar is unusually sweet, and thus a preferred food source for many beneficial insects. Rice-size cornflower seeds are much loved by goldfinches and other small seed-eating birds. Cornflowers may be nibbled by rabbits, especially in early spring when other food is scarce.
  • Cosmos - Tall varieties can form a colorful hedge that attracts bees and other pollinators, and mix well with tall herbs like dill and fennel.
  • Echinacea - Echinacea’s purple blossoms contrast well with pink, yellow or orange flowers. Echinacea is grown for its beautiful flowers and for the medicinal properties of teas and tinctures made from roots, leaves and flowers.
  • Crimson clover - Hardy annual flowers including bachelor buttons and corn poppies. Crimson clover is one of the most beautiful cover crops you can grow.
  • Feverfew - Beds of mint or other tea plants where insects are not wanted. Feverfew repels insects of all nature, so it is a good plant to grow near entryways.
  • Hairy vtech - Plant with cereal rye, winter wheat. When using hairy vetch to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.
  • Lavender - Colourful petunias, nasturitums or other annual flowers that contrast with lavender’s gray-green foliage and blue flowers
  • Marigold
  • Monarda - Plant with lovage, salad greens, other shade-tolerant plants. Pastel flower colours look especially cooling in partial shade. Leaves are excellent for tea.
  • Nasturtim - Nasturtiums sprawl out over the ground, so they suppress weeds and shade the soil when grown near tall plants like sweet corn, tomatoes or sunflowers. Nasturtium blossoms, leaves and immature green seed pods are edible.
  • Oats - Plant with Winter peas, winter beans, hairy vetch. Oats are an ideal late summer cover crop where winters are cold enough to kill it; the dead residue forms its own winter mulch, which is usually well rotted by spring. Rotting oat foliage has herbicidal properties, in that it inhibits germination of weed seeds.
  • Phacelia - When growing phacelia to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results. Mixes well with other cool-season flowers such as orange calendulas, or you can use phacelia as a cover crop or bee plant.
  • Poached egg plant - This low-growing plant spreads into a mat of green foliage covered with flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like sweet corn or tomatoes.
  • Scarlet Sage - Mixes well with upright flowers or herbs, and the blossoms are much loved by hummingbirds.
  • Sunflower - A rare "shelter" plant, sunflowers can be used to create shade for sun-stressed crops. Tall varieties can serve as trellises for pole beans.
  • Valerian - Plant with low, mound-forming herbs and flowers. Valerian can stand 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall when it is in full bloom. Dried valerian roots are used to make a bedtime tea that promotes sleep. They are also much loved by cats and dogs.
  • Winter peas - When using winter field peas to improve very poor soil, mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting will give better results.  Plant with Wheat, cereal rye, oats.
  • Zinnia - Plant with dill, fennel and other upright herbs, bush snap beans, chard. Tall, single-flowered varieties attract butterflies. Dill, fennel and other upright herbs, bush snap beans, chard. Tall, single-flowered varieties attract butterflies.