Category: Keeping Up with The Joneses

What's new with the Jones family...Mandolin, SaveTheWorld, ManDog, and the rest of the clan. Take your shoes off and set a spell.

Jan 21

Small Space Gardening

Gardening Jones is growing her own sweet potato slips.

As I mentioned in my last post, we are downsizing the gardens this year. Dramatically down. From about 800 sq. ft. plus containers, we’re going down to less than 200 plus containers. In the pic above the colored areas were all planted last year. What it doesn’t show is on the left, the yellow box …

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Jan 16

We’re Downsizing the Gardens. There, I Said it.

Gardening Jones is paring down her seed stash and giving them away.

A co-worker in her late 70’s told me the day she felt old was when she had to sit down to get her underwear on. I remember my Dad, a Navy man and lifelong swimmer said the day he felt old was when he went to dive into the swimming pool, and opted to use …

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Dec 25

My Real Christmas Angel

A true Christmas story of giving from the heart.

Like many newlyweds, we were pretty poor our first Christmas 40 years ago. The angel pictured is a tree topper I had made while we were still engaged, and our only holiday decoration. I did also make some snowflakes out of white paper to hang in our apartment windows, which was festive enough for us. …

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Jun 21

A Year in the Life

Gardening Jones shares some thoughts on losing a job, and bouncing back.

One year ago today my job lost me.   I say it that way because at that time, I was considered by many to be the best at what I do in the area. Certainly I had been doing it much longer. There wasn’t a particular reason for letting me go, it was more a …

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May 03

2 Americans’ Ireland Experience

Gardening Jones shares some of the sights and sounds she and himself enjoyed while in Ireland.

    It was 10 years ago that himself and meself boarded a plane and flew across the pond to Ireland. Unlike most tourists, or so they told us, we were not there to discover our family history. We are both of Irish descent though. Himself‘s mother was 100% American-Irish, and while mine was also, …

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Feb 25

4 Ways to Get Tomatoes Sooner

Gardening Jones shares a few tips to help you get your homegrown tomatoes sooner. Yum!

It probably dates back to the Victory Gardens, or even before, that suburban gardeners have unspoken competitions as to who would get that first ripe tomato. For us country dwellers, it is more a matter of feeding the need to taste a sun ripened tomato again ASAP that drives us to find ways to make …

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Aug 02

0 to 60

Gardening Jones shares her personal effort to live healthier by her next birthday.

It was just about 2 months ago that I shared with y’all my intentions on improving my health before my 60th. birthday. Nothing drastic, but there is always room to make things better. I kind of like change. Which is a very good thing this since about half way through the 60 days I got …

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Jul 21

Bug Repellent Soap – A True Test

Gardening Jones shares how she accidentally tested out her new Flea Repellent Soap.

As many of you know, we recently began offering our handmade soaps for sale to the public. We began with the varieties our families and friends like the best, Coffee, Citrus, and of course Lavender. Then we put it out to y’all on Facebook, to see if you would be interested in some of our …

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Jul 04

30 to 60

Gardening Jones shares some positive ways to help handle an unexpected life change.

I hit the ground running about a month ago, in an effort to make some positive life changes before my 60th. birthday. <– This link talks about that. And I did. Down 7 pounds and a few inches, feeling more physically fit and energetic, and sleeping better. I’m sure the diet and exercise changes were …

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Jun 11

Gardening for Brain Power

Gardening Jones takes a look at exercising your brain through gardening.

Many years ago I read of a study that showed that activities that involve the brain having to predict outcomes help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Other studies have shown that physical exercise alone may help, but this study was more specifc and certainly more emphasis was on the types of activities. These included chess and …

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