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A Love for Steam Engines

For as long as I can remember, I've had a fascination for steam engines. At every tractor show, I'm drawn to these big behemoths of iron and smoke. I love these pieces of old iron. "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" is the saying that comes to mind. I believe every steam engine I see is ...

A Nation Celebrates

Celebrating the Fourth of July has always been fun for me. It's the time to celebrate our nation's birthday. My most frequent memory of celebrating July Fourth is eating watermelon and setting off fireworks at night. Of course now as an adult, I'd rather sit back and watch the fireworks than ...

Summer Vacation At The Shows

Summer is just around the corner. With April half gone, I know what time of the year it is. Time to start planning summer vacation! Yeah! Getting the tractors ready for the antique tractor shows sometimes isn't easy. Especially if the tractors have been sitting for a while. If you read my ...

Memorial Day

Right now as I write this, May is in full swing. The weather has warmed up, the sun is out, and the rain has stopped for a little while. I pretty much have all of my shorts, short sleeves, and sleeveless shirts in my dresser, ready to wear. I spend every moment that I can outside. Winter ...

Happy to Be Irish

Welcome March! It's time for me to go to the grocery store and stock up on corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick's Day is March 17th!It doesn't matter who you are, everyone seems to get into being Irish for a day during this time of year. Green beer, green rivers, green stuff to wear, the St. ...

Dealing with Cabin Fever

Christmas and New Year's have come and gone. New Year's resolutions have been made and broken. Snow has fallen on a lot of us. Some have gotten more than others. The snow here has melted, but it's still cold. So I'm still left with trying to fight cabin fever. During the early mornings and ...

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Fruit Layered Cake Recipe

The past few weeks have been an experience for me. When the new year started, I never would have thought a virus called COVID-19 would change life as I know it.  As I have found myself at home more often than at work, I have found myself in the kitchen more often than usual. That, in turn, has ...

Mel Boone

A Small Town Gal By Mel Boone I was born and raised in a small town in northeast Missouri. My hobbies include photography and collecting/restoring antique tractors. Pet parent to a Jack Russell Terrier, an Amazon Red Lorie Parrot, and a stray cat.

DIY Hand Lotion

   About 15 years ago, my grandmother gave me a do it yourself recipe for making your own had lotion. Written in her own hand writing, I cherished that recipe card. The diy recipe had been giving to her by a friend who swore by it. I've made  it myself several times and loved it too.   ...

Homemade Dog Treats

I often joke that my two terriers never miss a meal. Well, truth be told, they never miss a treat either.I'm a person that when I go to buy treats for myself, I look at the ingredients and sometimes scratch my head trying to pronounce some of them. Then I wonder, "Am I going to have this same ...

My Handbag: It’s Too Big

I'm admitting a sad fact today. I carry purse that is probably way too big and I think that I really do carry everything but the kitchen sink in it. Then again, maybe I do have the kitchen sink in it, if you count the bottle of Purell and eyeglass cleaner as sink worthy material.I don't dare ...

An Old Relic in the Modern World

One thing about technology is that it keeps getting more modern every time you turn around. For every new gadget, there is a more modern one to take its place before you have time to blink. When I was a child, if you wanted to call someone, you used a landline phone. Then as a young adult, ...

Flowers in Bloom

It's now May. Spring is here and flowers are blooming. I am so thrilled!After such a long winter and now a wet spring, I find myself sad from watching all the flooding that is going on. So I try to take some comfort in going for walks with Jake and Buddy. This is s the time of year when I ...

A Soft Spot For Strays

If there's anything that I will be quick to admit to, the fact that I have a soft spot for stray animals will be the one that I will admit to first. That's just the way I am. I can't help it.There's not many stray dogs in the neighborhood, but there's always a stray cat or two that comes ...

Spring is Near

Spring is almost here. The grass in places is a little greener, and robins are everywhere! At any moment, I expect to see my tulips to start coming up.After such a long winter, I am totally excited to see spring arrive. The days are starting to get longer now, and the temps outside are ...