Courtesy And Kindness Never Go Out Of Style

Take a moment to be courteous:

  • It only takes a second to put someone else first.
  • It makes the giver and the receiver both feel good.
  • It makes the world a better place.

Take a moment to be kind:

  • It could save someone’s life.
  • The receiver of your kindness will never forget you.
  • It is contagious—spreads like wildfire—is good for everyone!

This little bird wishes you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

So many of us are facing all kinds of challenges, as we enter the Holiday Season.  That’s why every little kind act you do—helps someone else!

Your caring and kind ways may show up when you help a student study for an upcoming test.  Or perhaps when you get that glass of water a Senior has asked for.

We all need support in various ways throughout the day.  When you show up, that is when the quality of life improves.

Let your gift this Thanksgiving be your courtesy and kindness!

Thanks for dropping by.      Kathleen 

Plant a Tree–in Memory of a Loved One

Add beauty by planting a tree:

  • In memory of a loved one
  • In your yard
  • In your home
  • In an abandoned lot

Planting a tree can be an uplifting experience, plus it beautifies and helps the environment.

With the holiday season fast approaching, why not consider giving a live plant or tree?

For those who lost a tree by Hurricane Irma, may welcome receiving a dwarf citrus tree as a gift. The Arbor Day Foundation provides a great way to donate a tree!

Over the years, I have donated trees, bees and small animals to help those less fortunate through

How to not break the bank with gift giving:

  • Set a total amount you want to spend for ALL your gifts.
  • Shop at thrift stores for gifts.
  • Pass along family heirlooms.
  • Choose NOT to attend all holiday parties.

How to remember gratitude EVERY day:

  • Say the blessing either silent or aloud at meals.
  • Give thanks for your MANY blessings as they arise.
  • That we live in a FREE country!
  • All the large and small challenges you have over come.
  • The EMERGENCY fund you add to daily.

Book Nook:

The Grateful Life; The Secret to Happiness and the Science of Contentment by Nina Lesowitz is a good starting point for those who want to stop being totally self centered.

The Art of Creative Living: Making Every Day a Radiant Masterpiece by Thomas Kinkade is truly one of my favorite go to books.  He does a great job tying together improving your life with words and his art.  There was only one copy left when I checked!

The wonderful thing about books is that they take you away and then bring you back home–with another view of life.  They are affordable, come in many formats and you can take them anywhere!

Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt 

Thanks for dropping by.       Kathleen 

When you feel frustrated–Take a quick walk

When you feel frustrated–Take a quick walk:

Studies have shown that taking even a short walk helps you relax.

  • When at work, try walking down the nearest long hall.
  • Walk during your lunch break.
  • Walk either before or after work.
  • Walk to work, store, library or to visit a friend.

What can you do if a walk isn’t possible?

  • Try smiling.
  • Try standing up and stretching.
  • Try rolling your shoulders.
  • Try letting go of negative thoughts.

Take a good look at what is upsetting you:

  • Are you in a job that compliments your personality?
  • Are you forced to take a long commute to work?
  • Are you working around loud noises?
  • Are you working from home and feeling isolated?

When you are healthy–you feel better:

  • Did you get a good night’s sleep last night?
  • Did you work a night shift when you want to work days?
  • Did you eat a balanced diet yesterday or today?
  • Did you take time to find some quiet time just for you?

Stress robs you like a thief:

  • Growing plants helps restore you.
  • Being around plants helps relax you.
  • Ever notice how much better you feel in a building with plants?


Growing house plants are a great stress reliever:

The above geranium was given to me by a neighbor shortly after I moved to Nebraska, in early September.  Fortunately for me, Colleen removed them from the outdoor planter in her yard and gave them to me.

Now, my apartment has a healthy plant to brighten the living room.

You may want to beautify your living space with live plants.  Plants help clean the air, add greenery and respond to positive energy.

What you get by achieving your goals
is not as important 
as what you become

by achieving your goals.

– Henry David Thoreau –

Book Nook:

I’ll Pass for Your Comrade by Anita Silvey is a light read and very enlightening.  It by passes all the gore and tells how some women fought for both sides.

There is nothing better than curling up and reading a good book!

Thanks for dropping by.    Kathleen 


The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

Book Nook recommends:

The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix: Click on the link for this book and you will never regret it!  Why?  Because this brand new book takes away some of the hurt so many experienced that night at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

“CSF stands for Courage, Sagesse and Foi.”  “Endure with courage, resist with wisdom–”  “Persist in faith”.

Don’t forget to smell the roses:

Lovely fall roses on display:

Though winter is just around the corner, I have noticed beautiful roses still in full bloom.  In one rose bed, I noticed that a gardener had already banked the roses with mulch, leaving the upper most branches uncovered.

It’s time to hang up those bird feeders!

Check out for this great feeder!

What I like about this feeder is that it’s affordable, holds plenty of seed, plus it is hanging on a shepherd’s hook.

I don’t have a tree near a window.  I like the idea of getting a shepherd’s hook for my bird feeder.  How about you?

I know you can hear me, but are you listening?

— Allen Shuler —

Thanks for dropping by.   Kathleen 

Free Milkweed Seeds — Ready For Planting This Fall

Free Milkweed Seeds:

Plant your Milkweed seeds today!

Send SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to:

Kathleen Bills, 719 E D Street, North Platte, NE

I will gladly share my seeds, so you can help save the Monarch butterfly!

Fall is here–shop at your nearest thrift stores:

We (Eleanor and I) recently made out very well last Saturday at the Bargain Bin and Salvation Army thrift stores in North Platte, NE.

The Bargain Bin was celebrating their annual Boo Day.  Shoppers took advantage of their $3 bag sale, including free bags of fresh baking potatoes, kale, green beans and other veggies.

We nabbed a striking queen, heavy, burgundy coverlet with a green floral border at the foot $3, an insulated, pea green/white hooded jacket $3, plus the lovely, mauve, white and blue, hand crocheted Afghan $3 (shown below).

After lunch, our next stop was the Salvation Army thrift store.  Once again, we hit pay dirt.  While there, I picked out a queen, pastel floral sheet set $2.99 and an utterly beautiful pair of hand embroidered, white pillow cases with hand crocheted edging $3.99.  I don’t think the pillow cases had ever been used!

Check and see what your favorite thrift store has to offer, so you can get ready for winter too!

Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed.

— John Tarrant —

Update on my Amazon Sales Associate position:

After writing to Amazon inquiring about my status, I learned that I have three months left in their trial period.

Their records show that I have had thirteen hits (someone hit one of my links in my posts), and no sales.

They suggested I hype up my Amazon links, so I could generate sales.

My blog is designed to connect with people about a simpler, less consumer driven lifestyle.

Don’t you HATE it when you read a blog, only to see ads popping up left and right?  I also dislike when the author pushes one product, class or meal plan repeatedly.

This week, I will not have Book Nook.  That is the only area I plan to insert an Amazon link.  You may visit an earlier post for their link.

Thanks for dropping by.     Kathleen 

Want A Good Nights Sleep? Clean Our Your Bedroom.

Want a good nights sleep?  Clean out your bedroom.

You toss and turn, punch your pillow and finally get up and wander around the house.  You just lost another night’s sleep.


  • TV and cell phone.
  • Stacks of books or magazines.
  • Clothes you never wear.
  • Clutter from ALL surfaces.
  • Desk or office furniture.
  • Anything stashed under the bed.

Clear Con Tac Paper on Windows For Privacy

Apply clear (opaque) Con Tac Paper on windows.  It is easy to apply and can be cut to any size.

I bought the Con Tac Paper from Target 

In this photo notice how you can see images in the upper window, but not in the lower panes.

I cut Con Tac Paper to fit each of the lower panes.  This created a grey view rather than a clear view.

I bought two white lace panels at the thrift store for $3 and hung one over each bedroom window.

People cannot see into the window from the outside.

Note the leaves on tree reflected on the upper and only grey on the lower panes.

Special link for those wanting to give support to Las Vegas lives in Las Vegas.  She wrote a beautiful blog post that I received this morning.

Unfortunately, I do not have the technical skills to create a link to her post.

I am sure she will be glad to add you to her blog subscription list.  She writes about finance.  It is always good to learn how to make money in a clear, concise text.

Our hearts and prayers are with those who lost friends and family from the senseless Las Vegas shooting.


I have been reading To Be Where You Are , by Jan Karon.  This was just published and is a great book.  I have read all of the Mitford series and was happy to come across her latest addition.

Many of the things you can count, don’t count.  Many of the things you can’t count, really count.

— Albert Einstein —

Thanks for dropping by.         Kathleen 


I Have Zone 4 Milkweed Seeds — Send SASE For Some

I have Zone 4 Milkweed Seeds — Send SASE For Some

A couple of hours ago, I took a couple of seed pods off what I was hoping were Milkweed seeds from a plant I was unfamiliar with.

The gardener who planted the large, gangly plant was not home, so I could not get their permission.

I returned home, slowly opened the first pod and I recognized the seeds immediately!

Zone 4 Milkweed Seed Pods

I put the pods next to a small apple for sake of comparison.

This is a photo of the actual seeds with a kitchen knife next to them to show their size and color.

These seeds are ready for planting!

If you want some, please send a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to:

Kathleen Bills

719 E D Street

North Platte, NE 69101

I know I am taking a chance by putting my name and address on a post that will go world wide on the web, but I feel we gardeners are trustworthy.

Thanks for dropping by.      Kathleen 


The Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Connection

The Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Connection

For every part of America, there is a milkweed you can plant for your area. has has great photos and information.

Monarchs must have their host plant, Milkweed, to survive!

The bitter taste of Milkweed deters birds from eating Monarchs.

Now, is the time to gather Milkweed seeds in your garden.  Once gathered, don’t forget to plant them!  These seeds require winter’s cold temperatures in order to sprout next spring.

Share your surplus seeds with your community!

Cities and towns across America are planting Milkweed seeds throughout their communities to help save the Monarchs.

Contact your garden club, Department of Transportation, schools and churches.  Ask them how they would like to participate in the effort to save the Monarch Butterfly.  Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.

The photo of this Milkweed, taken in my garden, is a tropical variety.

Have you ever collected Milkweed seeds from your plants?  If so, you know it can be a challenge.

The latest issue of the Xerces newsletter has an interesting article, Harvesting Milkweed Seed:  A Pod and a Plan.  You may may want to try some of their ideas in your own garden.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.  — Alfred Austin —

Book Nook

Gardening for Butterflies:  How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful Beautiful, Benefical Insects by The Xerces Society, is an excellent book.  It doesn’t matter whether you are new to gardening or an old hand!

When you click on the Amazon link above, be sure to check their used books section for great prices.  You may also get free shipping.

Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Website

I am including the Forest Service link below, so you too can use it as a reference.  I must admit I am a novice and often turn to resources created by others.

Getting Settled in Nebraska

My move from Florida to Nebraska has meant a change in climate, plus moving from a travel trailer into an apartment.

Eleanor (90 years young) and I have been busy checking out all the local thrift stores.  We have set up housekeeping on a shoestring!

Thanks for dropping by.    Kathleen 


How Do Bees Make Honey?

How do bees make honey?

HGTV does a fine job explaining A Basic Hive Setup

I do not raise bees, but have an interest in them.

Many people have bee hives.  I salute you!  Chances are you or a friend want to start a hive.  I have known a few folks that raise bees for their orchards or manage hives owned by others.

Today may be the right time for you to start gathering information about how to set up a hive and learn the costs involved.  With the holidays on the horizon, start your wish list for items needed for your new venture!

Contact your local County Extension Agency to find beekeepers in your area.  You will not only find honey close to home, but someone who can fill you in on becoming a beekeeper.  Then, you will learn first hand how bees make honey!

The Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter is what perked my interest in bees several years ago.  This book starts out a little slow, but as you read, you may fall in love with the characters and California like I did!

Important Update About My Acceptance As An Amazon Associate

Just a few minutes ago, I received an email from Amazon.  Effective 9-19-2017, they now require that we must have earned three or more referred sales within 180 days from the day we applied to become an associate.

To date, I have no referrals.  I applied about 60 days ago.  I am asking each of you to click on any Amazon link in my posts and check the Amazon website for any product you would like to buy.

By clicking on a link, Amazon can track your purchase back to me.

I do not have a relationship with any affiliates, nor do I have Google’s Adsense installed on my WordPress dash board.

I sincerely appreciate your help on my behalf!

Thanks for dropping by.    Kathleen 

Great Ways To Keep Your Life On Track

I don’t usually start a post with a quote, but I am today.

Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.  Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.  Do it!  I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!       – Pope Paul VI –

That quote is, in essence, why I have this blog.  I literally jumped into creating My Home Place.  I didn’t spend much time considering all the pros and cons — I just did it!

  • What action have you taken to make your dreams come true?
  • What is holding you back?

Brainstorm with a couple of friends, writing down ideas as fast as you can.  Then, all of you get together again in a couple of days and discuss what you wrote.

  •  Are your notes still important?
  •  Is what you wrote what you wanted to say?
  •  Have you come up with more ideas?
  •  What can you put into action right now?

A couple of my favorite things

I have to admit that I am not a health nut, but I have come across a couple of products that I love.

  • Xyli White Platium Mint toothpaste by Now has a refreshing flavor, does not contain Fluoride, SLS, Gluten or Paraben.  I have been using it for a couple of years, with no regrets.
  • Pur Spearmint chewing gum comes in handy packages with 57 pieces.  It contains no Aspartame.  I like to keep a package in my purse.

Hurricane Irma Update

My Home Place in the Ocala National Forest did not suffer any damage.

So many people have continued helping others (pets included) during the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Thank you for being willing to make a difference in the lives of others!

Thanks for dropping by.        Kathleen