Patio Gardening

Greenery makes me very calm and happy. I guess that’s why I love where I live. Having trees and shrubs is good but growing your own culinary herbs and spices is even better.

One herb that I use extensively is mint.  I use it in mixed drinks, soft drinks, salads, cooking and baking. The freshness of mint is always welcome.

There are so many different kinds of mint that can be used for savory and sweet concoctions.

I have planted chocolate mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint and 3 different kinds of basil in my patio garden. I also have lemon balm which is wonderful to rub on the skin to keep away mosquitoes.

All mint plants will tend to take over any space that they are planted in which is why I have chosen the patio for this project. I get a hearty harvest to dry and use fresh without having the plants spread like weeds.

It’s a pretty smart way to go. You can plant cucumbers this way as well as other vine plants. They love the warmth of the cement in the summer. Just remember to keep them well watered.

Enjoy your summer!

look for future posts on leather work. I have several projects that will be coming up at once so I need the time to do the prep work.

God Bless you!


Color Is Important

Choosing a color is a very personal thing to do and when there is more than one person to be considered it complicates the matter.

If you are choosing a color for yourself, the chances are pretty high that you will choose a color that looks wonderful on you for the walls of your home.

Color theory isn’t a joke. Is has been proven that color can change the mood and even the psyche of an individual.  Red for some people is very agitating while a muted shade of green is soothing and vise versa for other people.


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When you are going to sell a home, it is best to stick with what I call a warm non color. I have been refurbishing homes to get them ready to sell for many years now and I find that warm whites and warm tone tans and taupe are the best colors for the walls.  The surrounding environment should also be taken into consideration. In the North West we get a lot of gray days. Most buyers do not want it gray inside and outside, thus I have changed the color in this home from cool grays and greens to a warm toasted almond color.


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One last note, the floor color must be considered when choosing a wall color. Generally cool colors and warm colors do not combine well. There are exceptions but very few. When you choose a wall color, put a paint sample against the floor, If it doesn’t share some of the same tones chances are that your buyer will feel uncomfortable in that room. Always think of the prospective buyer when you are fixing up to sell. Your taste doesn’t matter to the rest of the world.

If you need some help with color theory just email me and I’ll schedule a consultation.

Good Luck!