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Gail Butler
Heartsease Cottage
As a childhood mud-eater (I don't remeber this, but my Mom tells me it was so), I've spent most of my life digging in the dirt - rockhounding, gold prospecting, gardening - and am happiest with my hands in the soil communing with its mysteries.
Interests: Anything "dirt" oriented and writing.
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Automobiles evoke in us feelings and emotions that are aided and abetted by marketers. An automobile is truly more than just transportation! Our vehicles can make us feel good or bad. Invincible or vulnerable. Powerful or humble. Rich or destitute, or that perhaps others are admiring and envious of us.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A New Heartsease...
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It's time to "cross the road", dodge those "debt-potholes", and "jump the curb" to a more sustainable life strategy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This sign used to hang over the walk-in pantry of my old Folk-Victorian farmhouse named, "Heartsease* Cottage". It now hangs as the sole focal point on the entry hall of my condo I've named, "Heartsease Haven". My "simplify" sign is a reminder to maintain simplicity in all I do whether... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This plaque hangs near my front door as a reminder of two of the elements of an abundant life. By "plenty" I don't mean lots of needless stuff or endless acquisition. For me the concept of "plenty" extends beyond just physical items and possessions. Of course, Elective Frugality means having... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Elective Frugality is about peace of mind, time to be, and having the luxury of some spare cash! Now there's a novel idea... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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My Oregon Sugar Pod II peas have grown a lot since they were plants a few weeks ago. This photo of my peas was taken in mid-April when they were mere sprouts. The bare root strawberries now have leaves. Last month my bare root Tribute strawberries from Stark Bros. Nursery... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Once exposed to the windy Utah atmosphere, my Wind Girl turned and twisted on errant breezes and seasonal gales. Exposed to not only the wind, but rain and snow, too, my Wind Girl grew battered and grey. Now, freshly painted and in a sheltered, stable spot, she's at rest and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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. There's not much to see just yet as its still early Spring. A box of peas has just sprouted. The box beneath holds strawberries. The pot to the lower right will be refreshed and planted with bush wax beans. The pot to the left contains one of two bush... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This is a small sampling of my collection of wooden and bamboo knitting needles. I love knitting with bamboo and wooden needles. They simply feel good in my hands and I enjoy their organic texture, warmth, and smoothness particularly when I'm using natural fibers and yarns. Wooden and bamboo needles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Created with items I already have, my balcony has now become an outdoor "garden" room! "Party" lights strung around the perimeter of the balcony walls add a festive feel to evenings on the balcony. I love my cottage-style condo at the edge of the woods! I love my balcony that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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...that sinister-named "Black Friday" when deal-seeking, money-waving, mania-maddened multitudes mob merchandisers (Ahhh... how I love alliteration!). Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I enjoyed my own private stateroom - an approximate four-foot by four-foot compartment with bunk beds that I named, my "Cozy Cubby. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Just outside my balcony an old crab apple puts on leaves of gold to celebrate Autumn Just after the death of the flowers, And before they are buried in snow, There comes a festival season, When nature is all aglow— Aglow with a mystical spendour That rivals the brightness of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Here in far Northern Idaho we're expecting our first frost anytime! On the living room bench under a bank of south-facing windows I've gathered my geraniums from front porch and balcony to sit out the Winter safely from the frosts, freezes, snowstorms, and ice. Temporarily, I brought in my hosta... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves. ~Humbert Wolfe, P.L.M.: Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains, 1936 Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I simply must have herbs wherever I live! Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Never forget. Always remember. September 11, 2001 Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I love living in a place where deer feel at ease enough to have a "lie down" beneath my balcony. * * * How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880 Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter I have so enjoyed this Summer. Yes, it's been mostly smoky with a few hot days in the 90's, very little rain, and two or three days over 100-degrees. Smoke from the fires burning all about. The last few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Oui! Oui! How do all those French people consume all that butter, those creamy sauces, and simple carbs and still not gain weight? Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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The stalk is actually the tastiest, tenderest part of broccoli! Really! The trimmed stalks of broccoli are wonderful for raw eating. Use them in healthy appetizers such as crudites for dipping or chopped for salads. Or, you can steam them, chopped, right along with the budding tips. First, stalks need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Summer's corn is here! Sweet, delicious, and seasonal corn is here and ready to eat cooked with butter, salt, pepper, roasted on the barbecue, or cut from the cob and frozen to enjoy the rest of the year. Living at the Cottage, I grew a patch of heirloom sweet corn... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Because I spend time rummaging around in the forest I first wanted a pine salve to apply to cuts, nicks, scrapes, and bites. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I heard "gobble, gobble" as I sipped my morning dande-ccino (roasted dandelion cappuccino) whilst sitting at my front porch bistro table doing a crossword puzzle! Looking over the railing I saw this flock of wild turkeys with their poults/chicks meandering over the lawn. I wondered if one of the hens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Recovered! My chaise now wears traditional fabric slip covers! I also made a slip cover for the lumbar pillow * * * * I have such a wonderful balcony to enjoy! When I first moved into my condo I bought a chaise to relax, read, and nap on. My chaise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at A New Heartsease...