Archive for August, 2020

I use a garden hose just about every day this time of year to keep my flowers and veggie plants well watered. Most days after I finish my watering. I just gather up the hose and leave it in a pile on the ground near the spigot. I can’t be bothered to wrap it neatly around the hose holder mounted to the back of the house. I can’t be bothered because my hose holder is a boring piece of heavy green plastic and is functional at best. However, I would wrap my hose every day if I have a hose holder as elegant as the Reindeer Leopard Hose Holder I found from the fine folks at Garden Glory.

About the Reindeer Leopard Hose Holder from Garden Glory:

“What says fierce and bold more than one of the best prints there is? Yes leopard, what else? Nothing is more timeless yet so in style as this animalistic look. This antler shaped hose holder in leopard is just what a fashionista needs. Put this wild child on your house facade and accentuate your hose even more.”

Heck, this hose holder is so nice (and expensive by the way) it is too nice to waste on a hose – it would be a great center piece of any room in your house.

Find the Reindeer Leopard Hose Holder from Garden Glory.

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Well, as I mentioned before my vegetable garden this year is a little behind. Like everything in this weird summer, it is not the garden I would usually have. However, better late than never – I have a ton of tomatoes growing and they will soon be ripening on the vine and made into a fresh late summer meal. Meanwhile, I have all the mint, rosemary, and basil I could ever use. Pesto anyone?

Another photo from my phone clean out is this shot of a pomander ball I made back in March at the very start of my stupid virus lockdown. A pomander is simply an orange pierced by whole cloves. As the fruit dries, it releases a lovely fragrance. Pomanders make beautiful centerpieces, tree ornaments, and air fresheners. Learn how to make your own pomanders.

I adore fine loose leaf teas. And the best place I have found for Chinese teas are the fine folks at the Little Red Cup Tea Co. – purveyors of the best fair trade organic Chinese teas anywhere.

About the Little Red Cup Tea Co.:

“The Little Red Cup Tea Co. partners directly with worker-owned cooperatives to import simple & fabulous loose leaf tea from China. Every tea is certified organic, Fair Trade, and delicious.”

The best way to sample the teas of the Little Red Cup Tea Co. and find the one you like most is with their four tin sampler:

“The perfect gift — choose any four teas to include in this darling boxed set of small tins. Perfect for mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, coworkers, teachers, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers.”

Order a four tin sampler from Little Red Cup Tea Co..

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My love for watches is well known. I have many. However, few of my watches make a statement like the Morgan Silver Dollar Men’s Watch I found from the fine folks at Stauer.

About the Morgan Silver Dollar Men’s Watch from Stauer:

Here is the perfect watch for a watch collector like me – the Morgan Silver Dollar Men’s Watch I found from the fine folks at Stauer:

“Back in 1921, America experienced the first radio broadcast of a baseball game. Valentino wooed audiences as ‘The Sheik’ on the big screen. A scruffy scientist named Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics. And if you slipped into a speakeasy, it’s likely you slapped a Morgan Silver Dollar onto the bar to pay for that forbidden nip of whiskey.”

Find the Morgan Silver Dollar Men’s Watch from Stauer.

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The best new novel I found this summer is the refreshing and gripping Tape by Steve Camden, a connection through time via lost and found media. Sounds a little weird, but I promise it is great. Like other novels, and even nonfiction, where connections are made across time via old letters, Mr. Camden brings us a story connecting two people beyond words – the perfect escape from this summer of despair.

About Tape by Steve Camden:

“Record a voice and it lasts forever… In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.”

Tape by Steve Camden is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I love a good bar of soap – especially when washing up after a long summer’s day. If the soap is a nice big bar with a classic fragrance, even better. Which is why I love the soaps from the fine folks at the Old Whaling Co.

About the Bar Soaps from the Old Whaling Co.:

“Our bar soaps are made with olive, coconut, and soybean oils. Available in most of our fragrances, including fragrance-free with our Castile Baby Bar. Natural and/or cosmetic color may be added.”

Find the Bar Soaps from the Old Whaling Co.

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I love the die-cast replicas from the fine folks at Stauer. Take their 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Die-cast Replica for example – it is so cool and so detailed, when photographed it looks like the real thing. All you need to make it complete is a mini Steve McQueen and you’ll be all set.

About the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Die-cast Replica from Stauer:

“Lieutenant Frank Bullitt putting the pedal to the metal in Bullitt and chasing his foe up and down the steep streets of San Francisco, is now considered one of the greatest car chase scenes in movie history. It’s the template for every car chase since. But it’s as much about the incredible car as the camera work. The Lieutenant’s dark green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback immediately grabs the eye, not least the black mesh grille framed in bright chrome, the crease down the middle of the hood, and the gorgeous six-piece tail lights. These 1:18 die-cast models faithfully capture all the exquisite details of the originals. And, priced at this incredible price, you’ll find it easy to increase your muscle mass.”

Find the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Die-cast Replica from Stauer.

See the die-cast collectibles collection from Stauer.

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I love this photo I found – it is a throw back to the summers of my youth. We had a station wagon like that and often rented a cottage very much like this one.

OK, you didn’t read that wrong. I know it is late summer, but I have been holding on to these photos for a while and wanted to share. Back in late February and early March, before the stupid virus turned things pear shaped, I was taking midday walks on the paths that run along the creeks of suburban Kansas City. Although the landscape was mostly sepia-toned awaiting the first green of spring, there were colors that caught my eye and some really cool natural beauty in the bleak late winter. Click on the thumbnails below: