Thursday, December 10, 2015

Favorite Clutter


My clutter has extended into social media. On Pinterest, I don't feel bad pinning posts to my boards. Having cluttered boards is the whole point of that platform. My problem of late is my saved posts on Facebook. 

Folks with great recipes and life hacks suggest you share their posts so they will be on your wall for future reference. That bit of advice never worked for me. Not only would I not be able to find it again, but I would completely forget about it. 

Enter the relatively new feature on Facebook that lets you save videos, links and other posts. Not only are the saved posts all in one place, but Facebook reminds me they are there. Admittedly, some of Facebook's reminders are annoying. 

No, I have not yet checked my memories from last year, the year before that and the year before that. Do I really want to be reminded that I already had the house decorated or lights up or tree trimmed or presents sent so early in years past? Not particularly. But I do want to remember to try the no bake cookie dough chocolate cups when we bake for the holidays. 

Once I head back to my saved posts, I have another reason to be distracted by social media as I scroll through all my saved posts. My excitement grows as I remember why I saved each one. I want to try this or go to that or share this on a page I manage. Like when I organize my dresser top and get rid of old receipts and broken costume jewelry, I do try to get rid of old posts I no longer need in an effort to tidy up a bit. But I inherited my dad's collecting gene. I refuse to call it a hoarding gene because, like my dad, I am organized and relatively neat with all the useless junk I save.

Here are some of my favorites of late. Maybe you'll want to clutter your social media with them as well.


No Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups (to give out on Christmas)

No-Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups
Posted by Tasty on Thursday, November 12, 2015


Cheesy Bacon Dip (for the boys, of course)
Cheesy Bacon Dip
YUM!
Posted by Tip Hero on Saturday, November 21, 2015


Breakfast Bake (although, I'd use my scratch-made biscuits)
Waooo!!
Posted by Otis Rutinel on Tuesday, November 10, 2015



Flu Fighting Miso Soup (because I LOVE miso soup)

Flu Fighting Miso Soup
Miso soup is so easy to make—and will keep you warm and healthy throughout the winter!
Posted by Tastemade on Saturday, December 5, 2015


I have others that are not food-related, but I'll save them for another day.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Everyone is Famous in Southport


In Southport, NC, anyone can be famous. I'm not referring to the possibility of landing an "extra" part in a Nicholas Sparks movie. I'm talking about the Wall of Fame at the Moore Street Market.
Moore Street Market in Southport | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
At Moore Street Market in Southport,
everyone is famous


The staff keep markers on hand for patrons who want to add their autograph to the wall. Of course, when my group arrived I immediately asked, "Where are the famous signatures?"

The barista pointed to the Wall of Fame and stated plainly, "At our coffee shop, everyone is famous." She then explained that we were welcome to personalize the wall with our own words of wisdom and signatures.
Wall of Fame in Southport | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
The Wall of Fame at Moore Street Market
While perusing the wall, I noticed a few notables among the scribes. My favorite was left by songwriter Louisa Branscomb, who was so inspired by Southport that she wrote lyrics on the Wall of Fame. Southport is certainly an inspiring place to spend time.
Songwriter Louisa Branscomb | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Beautiful lyrics inspired by Southport
There were several famous actors who passed through Southport, stopped for coffee and penned their mark on the wall, as well. 
Zooey Dechanel | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Zooey Deschanel was served by Emily
at the Moore Street Market
Josh Duhamel | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Josh Duhamel commented on
the caffeine content of the
Americano coffee
Imagine putting a pen to the same wall as these notables as well as the amazing characters who visit Moore Street Market, whether passing through or regularly because they are local. This was an opportunity I could not pass up. 
Micki Bare autograph | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
The blue really pops, doesn't it?
Someday, as I walk the streets of Southport with a grandchild grasping my hand, we will stop for coffee and ice cream. He or she will look at the wall and eventually find Grandma's signature. Maybe he or she will even ask, "Are YOU famous Grandma?"

My answer will be, "Sweetheart, in this place, everyone is famous. Even you!"

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Getting to know Miss Lily



When you welcome a new family member into your household, everyone experiences a period of adjustment. It is during this period when household members become acclimated to one another’s personalities, quirks and general life rhythms. 

We recently welcomed Lily into our family. At first, she was quiet, snuggly and just a little timid. However, she soon became comfortable with her surroundings, which was when her true personality began to show. Here’s a glimpse into that gregarious, fun-loving, still very snuggly personality.


I adore my mommy. I follow her everywhere — kitchen, office, bathroom — because I need to be near her. Even on those really hot days, I sat with my mommy by the pool and snuggled up to her leg.


Just because I followed my mommy to the pool did not mean I wanted to be in the water. She held me twice and got me all wet. It cooled me off, but it was not my favorite. And I really don’t understand why my mommy thinks floating is so great.


When we’re at the pool with our mommy and daddy, I sometimes like to just snuggle with my best bud, Kobe. We like being with everyone, but we don’t particularly want to get all wet.


I love it when we go for walks. It’s even better when we stop at places like Four Saints Brewing Company. I really like the places that understand I want to sit in a chair between my mommy and daddy and hang out with everyone around the table.


And when we go downtown, I love meeting up with little humans, like our neighbor. She feeds me goldfish and pets me a lot. She’s awesome.


Now, let me explain. The cat is always going into the basement through that door that is too small for any of us dogs. Meanwhile, he never, ever gets to go outside with us. I simply thought that we dogs needed access to the basement and the cat needed access to the backyard.


OK, I can see where you might get the wrong idea about this one. But let me explain. You see, Kobe and I were playing outside. It got a little warm, so we decided to take refuge in the screened in porch. Well, I was up there playing with Kobe and, well, you know how we like to nip at each other’s tails and legs? Well, my teeth might have accidentally got caught on the cushion. When I tried to pull free, well, that just made it worse.


This is not actually a hole. I was simply tilling up the area so my mommy could plant some nice fall flowers, maybe some chrysanthemums, next to the house. You know how she loves gardening! She doesn’t even let us in her vegetable garden.


I know, I know. THIS is what you want me to chew. But it smells kind of funny.


Hey, my daddy got up to stoke the fire and add more logs. We were just keeping his chair warm until he got back.



Between the walks, playing with Kobe, following my mommy around and getting into what my mommy and daddy seem to think is mischief, I sure do sleep well. And I love all the pillows in our house.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Best Summer Garden Ever


Herbs in my Garden | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
My herbs are thriving in this year's garden. 
After moving into a new home, it takes time to get to know the property and figure out how best to grow one's herbs and vegetables. The first year we lived in our current home, I was sure that our north yard, complete with stream cutting through the far northeast corner, was the place to plant my tomatoes and cucumbers. Other than those two selections, we planted three rosemary bushes in our front flower beds. 

The rosemary did well  until the really frigid cold snaps of the winter of 2014. Two of our three rosemary bushes perished. As for the tomatoes and cucumbers, they never matured and we spent much of our time at the local farmers' market that year.
Beets in Raised Beds | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
We planted beets in raised beds.
They are thriving and the greens are
delicious, too!

The next year, I was sure I had the garden dilemma figured out. I dug up the grassy sitting area on the south facing side of the house — well, I started to and then let Hubby finish the chore — and planted rows and rows of vegetables, including three rows of beautiful corn stalks. I even went to our old abode, which was still painfully on the market, and dug up our sage and oregano. 

The herbs did well. The corn stalks were demolished by a bad storm. The rest of our garden did well considering it was overtaken by crabgrass and weeds that grew much faster than any human could pull and discard them.

Our 2015 Garden | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
A view from above.
The next year, I tried putting down black strips of weed barrier. The weeds liked the barrier. It kept in the moisture and was easy to break through. 

The next year I tried a combination of planters and planting in the ground. I was able to keep the weeds at bay a little longer, but they still thrived.  

After the cold snaps of 2014, I asked hubby to box in my herbs. He did such a great job, I decided to have him build raised beds for the entire garden.

Sunflower Volunteer | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
This volunteer loves our
new system for gardening
just as much as we do!
For 2015, after years of trial and error, we have the best garden we've ever enjoyed. Raised beds and planters house my veggies and herbs. Between the beds and planters, we put down a layer of newspaper barrier and lots and lots of river rock. My plants are happy, the weeds are finally giving up their fight and I am thoroughly enjoying my garden. 

For the bugs, I use this homemade, organic bug spray:

To one gallon of water, add one medium chopped onion, 10 sliced jalapeño peppers, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Shake vigorously and let marinade for 24 hours. As needed to fill a spray bottle, strain the liquid out. Spray plants several times a week, especially after it rains. 



Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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