Tealmermaid's Wizzography

by tealmermaid

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Tealmermaid.

So, you want to find out what the Mermaid is up to? Well, you're in the right place!

I am a disabled stay-at-home mom to two lovely daughters. When I am not trying to keep up with them, I like to write, do art, and research genealogy. I can frequently be found facedown in a pile of books on my latest subject of interest.

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I am an old lady who can't take this much stress and uncertainty!

Pink flamingos -- taking over the world

We are "those neighbours" -- we really do have a pair of Featherstone Flamingos in the front yard. They are trying to repopulate lawns across America one lawn at a time.

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In which I write a lot abut various subjects of interest

A little about my family

My father's family is Creole. My several times great-grandfather was one of the first white settlers in what was then Spanish West Florida. In addition to his townhouse in the French Quarter, he once owned the whole of what is now St Tammany Parish. His house in the parish is now on Louisiana's historic homes register as the oldest building in the parish. He had a thing for native women, and his sons then intermingled with the local Creole population.

My mother's family is Polish. My mother's grandparents came to Chicago from what was then western Russia during the pre-World War I era, and never went back. The older relatives who are still with us tend to keep to a lot of the old customs.

Traditional family recipes and culture

An easy and delicious recipe for Polish-style stuffed cabbage rolls.
Learn about matryoshka, the traditional wooden nesting dolls from Russia.
Learn about the imagery and customs associated with St Joseph's feast day.
When crawfish are in season from February through May, it is an excuse to have a crawfish boil party.

Some of my best friends are books

Books are good company when you can't get around on your own. Do you like to read, too?

Tips and ideas to promote literacy by celebrating Book Lovers Day.
A brief introduction to Bookcrossing -- a "catch and release" site to track books which are released into the wild.
A brief introduction to Goodreads, a social networking site for bibliophiles.
Books -- even eBooks -- are expensive to purchase. Save money by swapping unwanted books with others.
Tips on the design and creation of a custom bookplate for the books in your personal home library.
Tips on the design and creation of a custom bookmark for the books in your personal home library.
A simple how-to guide for the creation of a custom book cover for the books in your personal home library.
Think outside the box when giving a gift to a bibliophile. Do they truly need another book for their collection?
Why buy books when your area has a free public library? It is public and accessible for all with a library card.
Everyone has an overdue library book at some point. When it happens to you, what happens next?
One of the primary benefits of both urban and suburban living is access to a public library.
A book club can be a delicate balance of practicing good etiquette and fervent discussion about a book.
A selection of sites at which readers can read public domain books online for free.
Think outside the box when giving a gift to an aspiring writer. Do they truly need yet another notebook?

Spooky paranormal stuff

I am a big believer in the supernatural. The spirits of our ancestors are always watching over us.

Explore the legend of Resurrection Mary, the most famous ghost in the Chicago area.
Learn about the equipment needed for successful paranormal investigations.
If you suspect your house may be haunted, this checklist of possible haunting signs can help you to decide how best to handle your haunting.
If you suspect your doll may be haunted, this checklist of possible haunting signs can help you to decide how best to handle your haunting.
If you suspect your pet may be haunted, this checklist of possible haunting signs can help you to decide how best to handle your haunting.

How does your garden grow?

Gardening is a big hobby of mine. I like growing cactus (especially those native to this area), and I also cultivate orchids. The Brassavola spp. are my favourite orchids.

Try this easy recipe for hummingbird food. Your little feathered friends will love it!
The use of marimo in ponds and aquariums can be beneficial to dealing with algae blooms and green water issues.
Easy guidelines for setting up a patio greenhouse in a small space.
An easy step by step guide to building a tub water garden with suitable plants and fish.
A care and feng shui symbolism guide for lucky bamboo plants.
Explore the nutritious and medicinal benefits of eating honey.
Learn how to breed your own feeder crickets at home for fun and profit.
Learn about where and how you can sell plants to earn extra money.

Halloween costuming and treats

Halloween is quite the favourite holiday around here.

Select the perfect Halloween costume for any event you are attending by following these tips.
Take a trip down memory lane with these nostalgic Halloween candies.
Give the neighborhood children a treat that will last longer than a sugar rush.
Try these tips if you want to learn how to grow a giant pumpkin like these huge Atlantic Giant pumpkins.

Retro collectibles

They don't make'em like they used to, so add one of the originals to your collection.

A brief overview of the popular vintage Enid Collins wooden box bags. Learn how to identify these gorgeous retro collectible purses.
How to identify various models of vintage Elna sewing machines.
Feel a sudden urge to drive a Delorean? Come ride along to learn about the history of this classic car.
It can be interesting to collect traditional kokeshi. Learn about the different styles which are available.
What is the best way to store Legos? Explore different options for organizing a Lego collection in an efficient, easy to clean, and kid-friendly manner.
While it's easy to just buy a sock monkey in whatever size you desire, it is fun for collectors like you to make your very own vintage style sock monkey from a kit or pattern.

Tiki and tropical goodies in the little grass shack

My home decor can best be described as "tiki" -- sort of Polynesian, sort of East Asian. If it starts looking like Trader Vic's blew up in my house, it's time to prune the collection back.

Need a quick frozen dessert for a hot day? Try this easy recipe for a frozen pineapple whip.
If you have never worn a sarong, learn several easy and fashionable sarong tying techniques.

Green living

It's easy being green once you get started.

It is not expensive to go green at home. If done properly, it can both save money and save the planet -- all at once!
Easy tips and tricks to go green in a modern office environment.
Tips and guidelines for the use of natural dyes in craft projects.
Easy tips and tricks to go green everyday. Do your part to go green!

Wizzley help

Follow these easy steps to create a personal Wizzography which neatly showcases either all your pages, or pages focusing on a theme.
A quick and easy guide to using Wizzley's "scheme" function to beautify your pages.

Miscellaneous articles

These get neglected a lot.

Geocaching is a fun sport for everyone with one basic "goal": find the cache.
On Pi Day, math nerds everywhere celebrate the beauty of Pi's infinite progression of numbers.

Milestone articles

My very first Wizzley article

Vintage stuff is so cool.

How to identify various models of vintage Elna sewing machines.

Article #25

Yep, it's the one you're looking at! This one was created because 25 articles here seemed like a good milestone to start keeping track of all the articles.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Tealmermaid.

Article #50

#50 is a nice round number for an article on a subject near and dear to my heart: getting a library card.

One of the primary benefits of both urban and suburban living is access to a public library.
Updated: 07/06/2017, tealmermaid
 
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