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Fruits of My Labor

Fruits of My Labor

This summer I increased my flower, vegetable and herb plants in my yard.You see I have these adorable fur babies that enjoying running (sometimes trampling), digging and eating things in my backyard. With my dogs in mind I have to be very picky about what I plant that...

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Potted Garden Update

Potted Garden Update

I'm very excited that I seem to have figured out how to keep our Bearss lime tree happy and fruitful. Last year I ended up with only two limes on the entire plant. This year it looks like it will be closer to 20. Here's one standout, to the left, and you can see at...

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Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

So many plans were cancelled last year, and that included our trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Fortunately we were able to postpone, and Brian and I finally were able to take that trip early this month.Kauai is a stunningly beautiful place, and has suffered so...

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20 Years Ago Home: Luther College

20 Years Ago Home: Luther College

Twenty years ago I was a student at Luther College, in Decorah Iowa. I shared a room with 3 other girls and our boyfriends (which was against college policy, lols). We had a loft structure above the beds that created storage space or extra sleeping. It was decorated...

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Behind the Curtain: Twenty Years Ago Home

Behind the Curtain: Twenty Years Ago Home

Twenty years ago (the same year that I started FireSpike), Brian and I were living in our first “owned” home at 11414 Galleria Drive in Tampa, Florida. It is a townhouse neighborhood, and our home was on the end of one of the buildings. Each unit in one of the...

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Behind the Curtain : Building A Treehouse

Behind the Curtain : Building A Treehouse

Spring is time for treehouses and we are continuing the work we started last fall with my daughter. She's learning how to safely use power tools and is excited to build things.We put the slide up and built a landing for it (also a very sturdy table)! She's been...

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Behind the Curtain : Spring Fever

Behind the Curtain : Spring Fever

When most people think of Oregon, they think "rainy and gray"—and for part of the year in the darkest part of winter, that impression can be very accurate.But springtime, summer, and fall can be glorious in the Pacific Northwest, and this spring is making up for a...

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New House Renovation

New House Renovation

Tammy and her family decided to end last year by purchasing a new home! They immediately started on renovation and while there are many projects going on right now, she wanted to share pictures of the fireplace. The fireplace is particularly interesting because the...

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History of a 100 Year Old House

History of a 100 Year Old House

Last year my house celebrated it's 100th birthday. We have owned our home for over 5 years and have slowly completed renovation projects that helped us learn about the history of our home. The original house built in 1920 was a 2 bedroom/1 bath, story and a half home,...

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