Relaxing in the Garden

This week’s quote reminds us to slow down for a few minutes, and take time to recharge our batteries.

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

Sydney J. Harris

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. http://greatpresentsformen.com/blog/

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Amazon Prime Day Deals on Kitchen Gadgets

This Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, Amazon is running its first ever Amazon Prime Day. They’ll be offering great deals all day long, and none of the details have been announced yet.

On July 15th, click here to see all the Prime Day Kitchen Deals — I hope they’ll have some amazing specials on kitchen gadgets!

If you’re not a Prime member yet, sign up for the free 30-day trial today, so you can take advantage of the exclusive sale prices. Later, if you decide that the Prime membership doesn’t meet your needs, you can cancel, before the end of the 30-day trial.

Amazon Prime Benefits

Aside from Amazon Prime Day, what benefits do you get when you join Amazon Prime?

Free Two-Day Shipping — You get unlimited deliveries with no minimum order size. (Without Prime, you need to spend $35 or more to get free shipping.) That could save you from overspending, if you sometimes add items you don’t really need, just to get to the $35 minimum.

Unlimited Movies and TV – Watch blockbuster films and popular TV shows on your TV, laptop, Fire TV, Kindle Fire, or your choice of more than 600 devices. You can cancel your other movie and TV subscriptions, to save the money you spend on them.

Music Streaming – Enjoy unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of custom-built playlists

Free eBooks – Borrow one book a month, with no due date, from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, where over 500,000 books are stored. Choose fiction or non-fiction, New York Times best sellers or lost classics, and much more.

Early Access – Get 30-minute early access to some of the Lightning Deals on Amazon, and shop new events on MyHabit.com 30 minutes before other customers. Don’t miss out on limited quantity deals because you don’t have a Prime membership!

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Fun in the Garden

I enjoy having a backyard garden, but it can certainly get out of control pretty quickly!

We had a few days of rain, and then we went on a 2-day vacation. In that short time, the weeds took over the garden. Here’s what it looked like on Monday. You can hardly see the small marigold plants, hidden among the weeds.

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Mr. D. spent some time pulling weeds, and I did a couple of sessions too, yesterday and today. It’s certainly not perfect, but the garden looks a bit better now, after more weeding.

Here is the slightly improved version, with most of the big weeds gone.

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Our granddaughter came to visit last week, and we assembled a butterfly and bee watering dish. It’s an old plastic picnic plate, with a fairly high rim, that we filled with flower arrangement marbles, and a bit of water. The marbles give the insects a safe place to land, while they have a drink. We added a few rocks too, to keep it from blowing away if it gets windy.

We set the bee watering dish near the rose bush, balanced on an old flower pot that is filled with rocks. (I put the plate on the patio table while we’re mowing the lawn, so it doesn’t get knocked over, or filled with grass clippings.)

butterfly watering station in garden

In the photo below you can see the flower pot that it’s sitting on.

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Now we’re waiting to see if the butterflies and bees like it!

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Coffee Wakes Me Up

This week’s quote is about coffee, because we got a new coffee machine last week – an iCoffee Opus – to replace our old Keurig machine. It’s just as easy to use as the Keurig, and the coffee tastes richer. You can see a picture of it, at the end of this post.

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Get Started With Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Yesterday, we got a shiny new Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, and I was excited to try it.

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Monday Memories: Sea Pines Hilton Head

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter, and a relief to finally see signs of spring.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to Hilton Head, South Carolina, this winter, so I put together a slide show video, with some of my favorite photos from last winter. In the picture below, you can get an idea of how tall those beautiful trees are, at Sea Pines Hilton Head.

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