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Hi Everyone!    

Time for an update

I am 72 years old and have been married to the same husband, Paul, for 51 years. We have 3 grown children, and lots of Grandkids and Great-Grandkids. The picture was taken in March 2011. Our daughter, Robin and son-in-law, Frank took us on a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. I called it our 'belated Honeymoon Cruise' since we never had a honeymoon. 

We enjoy fishing, singing and playing Gospel, Bluegrass, and Classic Country Music. My husband plays the Harmonica, and, I didn't think I had a musical bone in my body, but am now playing a drum, and singing.  I now have added an electric keyboard to my musical skills, Well not  too skillful yet, but am practicing. Just learning to chord the rhythm, but somebody has to do it! lol!

We also have been craft vendors for about 40 years. Our crafts have been varied over the years, but for the past 7 years we have been creating wooden Yard Art. My website, as listed above, is still a work in progress, and I will be updating it soon. I plan to add a Nativity Scene for the upcoming holiday season.  My website is


I also enjoy cooking,  gardening and crochet and knitting. I like to read, too, but outside of reading newsletters on the internet, my book reading is about limited to waiting time at the doctor's office, and that is very limited.   It seems like there is never a dull moment in our lives and no time for boredom. And never enough hours in a day to do all the things we would like to do. Thrifty Fun is still my favorite site on the net. And I love the whole Thrifty Fun family.


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Trapping Pests Near Your Hummingbird FeederIf the bees are chasing your hummingbirds from the feeders, and ants are draining them, as they are mine, you can solve the problem for the most part by making a quick and cheap trap.


Top ten secrets for a long and happy marriage.

Secrets for a Long and Happy MarriageMy granddaughter surprised me with a last minute invitation to her wedding. I had been teasing the couple about making their marriage last as long as mine, so I made her a special card that listed "Secrets for a Long and Happy Marriage."


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Bread Bowls for Chili or ChowderIt is chili and chowder time. Here is a good recipe to make when friends are getting together.


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Save Deadheaded Annuals for Next Year's SeedsIf you have annual flowers that are blooming now, such as zinnias, black eyed susans, asters, four o'clocks, etc., they will bloom better and longer if you deadhead them every few days.


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Roast Zucchini and VegetablesHere is a great way to fix zucchini in a healthy way. There are no hard and fast rules about amounts in this recipe.


Making Seed Tapes

How to Make Seed TapeIf you have trouble planting small seeds such as carrots and radishes without having to do lots of thinning of young plants, the perfect answer is seed tapes.


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Coffeemate Container PenguinThis cute penguin starts with a Coffeemate container, some felt, and a hot glue gun. It is a great gift for a teacher or fellow workers.


Use Hard Candies As Packing MaterialThis tip is prompted by a package I received today from my daughter. What a clever means of packing she has come up with. This won't work for all your packages, but if it is going to somebody special, this will make it extra special.


Paper Towel Tube for Tong Storage

Paper Towel Tube for Tong StorageI never used my tongs because they took up too much storage space and were always tangled into everything else in my cabinet drawer. Then I discovered that they fit perfectly in a paper towel roller.


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Freezing Produce In Paper BagsI learned this freezing method from a friend who puts up produce from a very large garden every year. She freezes Okra, green beans, bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash, Purple hull peas, and more this way. Use brown paper lunch bags.


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Coffee-Mate Container SnowmanTurn your empty Coffee-Mate into a unique gift by adding a box of hot chocolate and marshallows.


Congratulations Paul and Harlean (50th Wedding Anniversary)

Congratulations Paul and Harlean (50th Wedding...We are honored to announce the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Paul and Harlean Greathouse. They knew each other for only three weeks prior to their wedding day of June 2, 1960 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Many who knew them then said, "It won't last".


Plastic Egg Bunny Treasure

Plastic Egg Bunny TreasureJust the thing to put smiles on all those little faces Easter morning. These cute little bunnies are quick, easy and inexpensive to make from those plastic fillable eggs. And just right to hold a little surprise of Jelly Beans, M and Ms, coins, etc.


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Snowman Votive CandleThis is a snowman that holds a votive candle. He is made from a frosted glass vase with a flared top. You could also use a clear glass vase in the same shape.


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Valentine's Day BouquetMake use of those old bud vases, and make somebody's Valentine's Day a happy one. This is especially nice for those loved ones that are housebound. Make 1 or more.


Mulitcolor crochet sweater.

Rectangle Crochet SweaterThis is a simple pullover sweater that is made from 4 pieces. Actually the front and back are more like squares and the sleeves are rectangles. There is no complicated shaping for shoulders, etc.


McDonald's Fries container note holder

Recycled Note HolderThis is a recycled craft that the kids can make for dad on his special day (with a little help from mom). It is made from a french fry container from McDonald's.


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