A Life With Essential Oils

Essential oils are in my family for the last 30+ years. But I didn’t know there was such a variety, until I stumbled over it in Spring 2011. Seven years ago, I purchased my first 14-piece set. It took about another year and a half, until I really got interested into mixing and diffusing them. Today over 75 bottles later, I can’t imagine living without essential oils.

A few years back, I finally found a shelf where I could display my oil bottles and have easier access to them. I’ve got the idea in an oil forum. A lady found a pretty nail polish shelf.


Shelf with my essential oils

One Gardener’s Weeds Are Another Gardener’s Flowers

Due to the rains in February and the warmer temperatures in March, our lawn looks like a meadow. We have henbit, chickweed, dandelion, blue field madder, baby blue eyes, wood sorrel/oxalis, and many other little blooms flourish in the yard. Of course there are blooms, what some gardeners consider as weeds. Because they are very invasive and hard to get rid off in a “perfect” yard/garden. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of these plants are edible. Here are some examples of the plants from our yard.

  • Henbit can be eaten fresh or cooked, and be used in teas. It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Henbit can be added to salads, wraps, and soups. But it shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, because it is a laxative.
  • Common Chickweed leaves can be added to sandwiches and salads. They are also good for soups and stews.
  • Wood Sorrel/Oxalis can be used to spice up salads. It should not be eaten in extensive amounts, since it can cause kidney stones in some people.
  • Dandelion can be used in salads, tea, and as coffee. While it taste like coffee it doesn’t contain any caffeine.

🍀St. Patrick’s Day 2018🍀


Irish Blessing

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.


Spring Feels Sooo Goood!

Joshua slipped out the patio door, this afternoon. And the first thing he did, was rubbing all the Winter itchies out and all the good great smell of Spring into his fur. “Spring feels sooo goood! When you gonna grill more chicken for me?” he asked with this particular look in his eyes, when he came around from behind the grill.

Our Vegetable Garden In Mid-March🌱🍅🥦🌶️

It is getting warmer in Texas. In the beginning of the week it still felt like Winter. By the end it will feel like late Spring/early Summer. But I still have to keep a close eye to the temperatures, since we still get 30s and 40s (-1ºC to +9ºC) some nights. During the day it is wonderful to get everything ready for the Spring garden.

Today, I decided to plant my tomatoes a little bit deeper. Their roots are not as  established, yet. I still could dig around the roots and drop them with some Epsom salt lower into the soil. The peppers will bloom soon. I found some good size buds on them. And the rest, which were planted earlier is doing very well in the raised beds. Our plants are growing.  I finally planted the cauliflower and kohlrabi in one of the beds. Since I lost them to a freeze last December, I was very hesitant until now. When it gets too cool, I have to cover them. We easily could get another cold snap here in North Texas in mid-April. The magic temperature number is 55ºF (13ºC) for the tomatoes. When the ‘maters get covered, the cauliflowers, kohlrabi and peppers will get covered as well.

Camping At Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas

March 11 – 12, 2018

Kevin and I were making plans to go camping on Spring Break, a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t want to go too far, which means in Texas “slang”: up to six hours distance is okay; but no 18 – 20 hour one way trip. Kevin mentioned Arkansas and Oklahoma as a destination. Well, we’ve been in Oklahoma quite often in recent years. And so I looked for a good camping spot in Arkansas. After a little discussion, we decided we would go to Lake Ouachita State Park.

Everything was prepared and packed for Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. we left home and drove toward Texarkana. Before we arrived at the border, we made a short stop to refresh. Sara wanted her sandwich, I prepared at home in the morning. And we all got hungry a little bit, after she mentioned it.

In Arkansas, we stopped at the first Rest Area/Tourist Center on Interstate 30. I wanted to get more brochure of the State Park. While we were on our way, I had the chance to read a little bit more into it.Around 4 p.m. we arrived in the park. Kevin stopped at the Visitor Center to check us in, before we went to our campground. It was a nice Walk-In Campground with one dozen tent spaces. What I liked about the camping area, there was a pre-made square gravelled area for the tent to sit on it. It could fit one big tent or two to four small tents. The area was very clean. And I was happy to find clean toilets/shower rooms.

The wind was something else. It took Kevin, the girls and I quite a bit of strength to keep the tent up. Luckily, we found some big stones to put inside the tent corners. And Kevin tight two  corners to the nearby trees. Once the bedding was in the tent, we were settled. I warmed up some beef, potatoes and corn, which I cooked the night before. The wind was cooling the temperatures quickly. And the meal hit it spot on. After dinner, the girls roasted each a couple of marshmallows. They skipped some stones over the water’s surface, before the sun set. We went to bed early that night. The wind was just too strong and cool. It was no fun staying out.

The following morning, we kept our stay short. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel well and wanted to go see my bed at home. I wish, we could have seen a lot more.  It was cool, but the wind had died out on Monday morning. For a five hour drive one way, it was extremely short. We have to go back there another time, when it is warmer. On a good note, we didn’t have to deal with mosquitoes at this time of the year.

Mr. Squirrel

It is such beautiful weather, that I spent most of the day relaxing and listening to the birds’ songs on the back porch. Mr. Squirrel walked along the fence and jumped into the backyard. He looked around and checked me out for a little while, before he got some seeds from the feeder and leaped into the tree. If I hadn’t been sitting there, he probably had eaten a lot more. But he was not too comfortable with my presents and decided to wait to come back for lunch a little bit later.


Oh by the way, Mr. Squirrel just chattered something from my roof: “Don’t forget to remind everyone that the time will change tonight! We “spring forward” one hour! Crazy humans always mess my times up. Now I have to remember that I can’t jump across the street on hour earlier, due to rush hour. It even messes with my rhythm.” 😉


Don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour, tonight! ~ Image Resource: Google Image Search