After two days of being cooped up in the car, I spent the day attacking the weeds in my mom’s lakeside cottage garden today.

The grass was knee high (nine months without mowing will do that)…

in the garden 2

And I was armed not only with the electric weed whacker and a rake, but more importantly, with an apron, gloves and a hat with two punk sticks!

In the garden

The punk sticks keep the bugs away – no need to slather DEET or other icky chemicals all over your skin – plus they smell good, too.  My mom gets hers from the Vermont Country Store just a short drive away.  But you can order yours online here.


  Hat = yard sale find

Happy smile = 100% mine


  1. ma says:

    And my garden is miraculously weed free and glorious! You saved me a whole weeks of back breaking work. You are hired forever!
    love, Mm

    • Joana says:

      Wow! And I didn’t even apply…

      I’m happy to come back and weed forever.

      Love, J

      On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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