Spring vegetable garden time is here!

vWe thought it would never come, and maybe it still won’t, but we are hoping that Spring will eventually arrive.  When it does, we want you to be ready to garden!

What grows in Coeur d’Alene anyway?

Well, according to the USDA,  Coeur d’Alene is zone 6.  This means that we can grow plants that can stand temperatures down to -10 or so.  With that in mind, what does that really mean?

Start plants indoors!

There are some types of hardy vegetables that can stand up to the uncertain weather that we all know as Spring.  Among these are, spinach, peas, lettuce, and the cauliflower family.  Tomatoes and  peppers love hot days and warm nights, and really need to be started inside where the temperature is more moderate and there is no threat of freezing.  You can start them either by seed or by seedling.  Usually, these can be purchased at the local nursery or at the home hardware outlet such as Home Depot or Lowes.  To start them, you will need some sort of pot, soil, and either seeds or seedlings.  Add sunlight and some water, and by the time the weather becomes more stable, you should be well on your way to Summer produce.

Usually by May, again according to the USDA, the threat of frost should be over.  It will be safe to transplant those vegetables outside.  If you have doubts about the threat of frost being a thing of the past, there is a formula that you can download from our now good buddy authority, the USDA to calculate the last frost date.   https://www.usda.gov/

If you are skeptical of the government’s ability to accurately calculate the last frost date, another resource is available.  The “Old Farmer’s Almanac” publishes such information as well.  Take your pick!  http://www.almanac.com

Either way, now is a great time to plan and start your vegetable garden, so get going!


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Let’s clean up our Winter wardrobe!

closetWe thought we were headed  into the rain/mud season and away from Winter.  Really, we  just got more Winter.  Lots more Winter.  Instead of moping because Spring will NEVER come, let’s try to think of happier things.  Things like flowers, sunshine, clear skies, Spring cleaning!  Spring cleaning your Winter wardrobe!   While this might not be high on your list of happy things to think of, since the weather is still Winter-like, we may as well find inside projects to occupy our time until Spring actually arrives and stays.

Your closet is where to start

Therefore, a good place to start your Spring cleaning is in your closet.  First of all, it is just about time to put away your warm sweaters, snow boots, and funny knit hats.  While you have them clean and ready to hide away for another Spring and Summer, it is an excellent time to make some decisions about your Winter wardrobe. If something is worn-out, or doesn’t fit quite right, let it go.   Maybe it needs more mending than you are equal to attempting.  Just because your favorite sweats are comfy, it might be time to replace them with some sweats that still have functional elastic in the waist.  If you no longer have a use for it, let it go!  https://www.bustle.com/…/138032-9-tips-for-cleaning-out-your-closet-organizing-yo..

On that note,

Ok, that takes care of the Winter wardrobe. You are going to need to bring  your Spring and Summer things out.  What a wonderful time to re-think your Spring and Summer selections! Even those  sentimental favorites that you never wear but hold on to should go. This might be JUST the right time to bid a fond farewell to them.  You can do it!  Furthermore, we make space in our wardrobe by getting rid of old used-up clothes.  That in turn,  makes room in the closet for new and exciting options.   Who doesn’t like new clothes?

Let’s get busy and out with the old, and in with the new!

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2017 Color palette for your home

imagesWelcome 2017! This year’s “in” color palette will reflect; your personality, recent history, a change in the economy, the presidential election.  Take your pick!  And  you thought you were finally finished changing the interior colors of your lovely home!

Last year’s trends

Last year, the experts instructed us to want blue with some earth tones and  and grays added for contrast. Peace, dependability and constancy are associated with the color blue . Who even knew that?  According to the experts, chocolate brown is on it’s way out, with cinnamon and mocha the new trend in browns.

Depending upon your source, you should have wanted to paint your home white, off-white, gray, or blue with or without “pops” of color or accent colors to accent your base color.  Two-tone cabinets were also very popular.

This year, you can paint your home to reflect your outlook.  Confident, Composed, or Comfortable.  Really?   However, according to our experts, the creative among us will like and want the ” confident” color scheme.  “Dusky” blue this year,  with red and lime green  as accents.  However, those of the Composed color group,  longing to be traditional , will favor greens and taupes for their home makeover.  Those introverts who will only dabble in subtle shades for accent colors will be painting their homes with soft pastels, light pink, blue and yellow .  Whew!  It’s a lot to take in!

Let me get this straight

There are people who get paid just to decide what colors we the consumers are going to want to paint the insides of our homes.  Therefore, the colors change from year to year, depending on the political landscape, the global economy, our confidence levels, global warming.  Ok, that is helpful.  Our conclusion, if your home needs painting, choose a color palette of colors that please you and that you think you will be comfortable for you and your family to live in for now and the future.  In conclusion, paint your home with colors that suit you and your furniture, and forget about “the year’s hot new trends in color.”


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