Have a Berry Good Day!

Raspberries, Blackberries and Salmonberries, Oh My!

brambles“These and other native brambles—shrubs that send up arching stems called canes—are perfect garden plants. They’re easy to grow, but they’re highly perishable, so the fruits can be hard to find in supermarkets.


Birdshummingbird and mammals feed on them, while the flowers provide nectar for pollinators and the leaves are an essential food source for skipper butterfly larvae.


raspberriesThe red raspberry is native to every region of the Lower 48 except the Deep South. The black raspberry ranges throughout the East as far south as Georgia and from North Dakota south to Colorado and Oklahoma. The common, or Allegheny, blackberry grows in the Northeast and Midwest and south to Virginia and Missouri. California blackberry, also called dewberry, is native to the Pacific Northwest.

salmonberriesThe salmonberry is a favorite of western hummingbird species.Named for their resemblance to salmon roe, the fruits taste best when they are amber-colored.”


Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Learn to Manage Your Money!

bags of moneyFireWalker Publications offers you “Books That Fuel Your Financial Independence”!


BudgetingOnADime_eBookCover_amazon“Budgeting on a Dime: 10 Steps to Financial Independence” is a step by step guide on how to get your personal finances in order, fueling your financial freedom. It begins by explaining how to find out where your money is spent, offers an entire chapter on how to reduce each type of expense, offers help on eliminating credit card debt, and teaches you how to increase your future earnings. This book is written in a low key style, one that will be easy to understand, without a lot of technical jargon. It simplifies your personal financial picture so you can learn to live within your means, then builds up to acquiring affordable luxuries.


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A diverse bag with sundry items

misc-word1According to a lovely new website I just found, the word miscellaneous “comes from the Latin word miscere, meaning “to mix.” You might have heard the expression “a mixed bag,” which applies when you don’t quite know what you’re going to get. That’s true of a bag of miscellaneous objects, too. You might pull out socks and a stick of butter — two things that don’t seem to go together. Similarly, miscellaneous can describe something with many variations, like a person who expresses herself in many different ways.”

misc-colors2Some synonyms for miscellaneous are: various, varied, different, assorted, mixed, sundry, and diverse, to name a few.



misc-draw3The Vocabulary.com website has a fun feature that allows you to create spelling and learning activities, as well as cool quizzes. Try it, Try it I say!

Source: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/miscellaneous


dipsomaniac1Dipsomania, as heard on an episode of “All Creatures Great and Small”, means:

A recurring compulsion to drink alcoholic beverages to excess. Source: Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012.


dipsomanaic2Etymology: from the Greek: dipsa, meaning “thirst” + mania, meaning “madness”. Source: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/dipsomaniac

SMART Writing Goals

writers block2I’m having a spot of writer’s block and found this article helpful.

“Everyone needs something to aim at. Want to publish your book before Christmas? It could be possible – but it depends what stage you’re at. I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but make sure your goals are ‘SMART’:

writers block1S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic/Relevant
T – Time Related”

Check out the whole article at: http://completelynovel.com/articles/6-ways-to-revamp-your-writing

How to DO it Yourself…A-Z

Diane as red head1-croppedThe latest offering from Diane Tegarden offers you a smorgasbord of self help articles rolled into one convenient book. “How to Do it Yourself…A-Z” covers a variety of subjects that will help your life become more manageable.


Cover with Title FinalFrom handling difficult relationships to mastering money management to writing and publishing your own book, she can help you increase the quality of your life. Learn about: how to green your business, your home or your garden; get caught up with your disaster preparedness kit; win your case in small claims court or delve into the world of small business management. It’s a one stop shop for the savvy reader!

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STOP it!

tv-jpgI watch a lot of Law & Order episodes and I heard the word “estoppel”, but couldn’t quite figure out the meaning in context, so I looked it up.


scales of justiceEstoppel is “A legal principle that bars a party from denying or alleging a certain fact owing to that party’s previous conduct, allegation, or denial.”


stop sign1The rationale behind estoppel is to prevent injustice owing to inconsistency or fraud. There are two types of estoppel: equitable and legal. Source: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Estoppel


Merriam-Webster dictionaryIts first know use was in 1531, probably an alteration of an Anglo-French word estopere=stopping, from estoper. Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estoppel