by SmithorJones July 16, 2012 Life
Gus the Pug, sleeping

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by SmithorJones May 20, 2012 JonesGirl
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Wow – long time, no post, heh?  I really hate it when people start off a blog post like “oh, it’s just been so long since I’ve blogged…” but there you have it.  It’s been a while.  Again. The foothills continue to enchant… So, lets see – when last we chatted we’ve had winter.  A […]

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by SmithorJones December 26, 2011 Gold Country
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Have you ever been there?   Some friends of ours invited us to go with them to Apple Hill in Camino, California (right next to Placerville) in November. What a pleasant surprise to find so many apple farms nestled in the heart of Gold Country. When I first moved to the foothills in the summer of […]

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by SmithorJones October 19, 2011 Around the House
Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Here’s a frugal idea. Make your own laundry soap! My buddy Terri has been brewing up her own laundry soap lately, and she sent me the recipe to share. As it turns out, the ingredients are but a point and click away – so even if you live where the ingredients are not easily found […]

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by SmithorJones May 30, 2011 JonesGirl
strawberries

We have a small park near our house where we like to walk. In fact, that is where the dogwood was photographed. They have quite a few different things planted and growing around there, and it’s always a treat for me to be around when the ornamental strawberries are showing off. Today was the day. […]

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by SmithorJones May 12, 2011 JonesGirl
Dogwood

I love dogwood flowers. It’s one of the things I look forward to in Spring – right after the daffodils finish blooming, the dogwood and Cecil Brunner roses take over. I imagine the gold miners planted a lot of those roses because some of them are huge. The blackberry bushes are all flourishing this spring […]

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by SmithorJones March 21, 2011 Gold Country
raingauge

We’re having another one of those “Miracle March” kind of springs. It’s always a big relief to get those during the drought years – and word had it that we were technically still in a drought here up until recently. And now, in just a few days we’re racking up rainfall totals up in the […]

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