Electrician Saves Blogger

It’s been weeks since I’ve written about polar bears or graphic design.  I was going to hit my blog earlier on the topic of my latest graphic design project when my lights went out.  Literally.  There was no power outage in the area though, so I ended up having to call a local master electrician here.  Good thing I did too because you wouldn’t be reading this blog if the power was still out.  Sad, I know.

The guy knew his stuff.  I not only had no power coming in but I told him about some wonky stuff going on in this place the last few years.  First off, I had light switches that would make fizzing sounds (he called them “hot”).  That sound always freaked me out. I felt like the place would burn down at any given time.  Secondly, I had lights that would decide when they wanted to turn on and when they didn’t. Seriously, I had lights that I could never get to turn on that would just come right on in the middle of the night. Third, I had a ceiling fan that would give me light but no fan – and here in South Carolina, no fan at night is NOT good.  Fourth, my bedroom breaker would always turn off when I used a hair dryer or vacuum in certain outlets. Continue reading Electrician Saves Blogger

It’s Almost Fall Y’all!


I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help that title.  “Y’all” is one thing that I have adopted here in the South.

Growing up in the desert of Arizona, seasons didn’t truly exist.  Technically they did but you never witnessed it visually.  I always wished we could see tree lined streets turn yellow with leaves.  Actually, there was one street in Phoenix, Central Avenue, that had trees lining it for about a mile.  I loved that street in the fall, but it wasn’t enough for me.  I love green and I love yellows and reds and Arizona was just 95% brown!

Now, I get absolutely giddy when September comes.  When the trees start slowly turning yellow, I immediately decide it’s time to decorate and burn the Bath & Body Works Leaves candle that is my absolute FAVORITE.  It’s the perfect combination of apples and spices.  I just ordered 4 and they probably won’t last the whole season.  Anyway, I’m getting slight off subject here.  As you know, landscaping is one of my loves and this is my favorite time of year.  The heat dies down and the air gets a bit more crisp, the bugs go away and the trees display their beautiful colors for a few short weeks.  Pumpkins and mums start to litter the landscape.  It’s just the most magical time of year to me.

I love pulling up all the scraggly summer flowers and starting anew with mums and pansies in fresh soil.  Pansies are awesome when it comes to cold temperatures.  It’s almost like they hope for the snow.  Snapdragons are also a great fall plant. It surprises me though, because my mother always planted them in Arizona.  It’s very possible that she planted them in the winter though.  Winter looked just like summer there.

For your convenience, I’m linking you up with a site that offers some great winter planting suggestions.  Happy planting this fall!