Apple Cedar Rust

I didn’t even know this was an actual thing before planting an apple tree.  I thought trees were simple.  You plant them and let them do their thing. But, like with every other plant, there is something that can attack it.  In my case it’s the apple cedar rust.

If you remember from this post, I planted my apples from seeds.  I simply gathered the seeds from my organic apple that I had eaten.  I let the seeds sit in the fridge for about three weeks to make them think they went through winter.  After letting them sprout I planted them into small cups. 

I’ve since transplanted them into pots.  This is when I noticed bright orange spots on the tiny leaves.  I immediately knew something wasn’t right.  So I do what most people do and googled the problem. 

I’m hoping that since my trees are very small, I can save them.  I bought a fungicide to help fight it off so we’ll see.  If anyone comes across this post with the same problem, I purchased Spectracide Immunox Multi Purpose Garden Fungicide

From what I read, there is not a lot of success with organic treatments.  And really, there are three options to this stuff: a) use a fungicide b) cut down the cedar tree or c) cut down your tree and plant a cedar rust resistant apple tree.  If your tree is really far gone then I highly doubt a fungicide will knock it out.  But you can always try!

So that’s what I’m doing.  I’m going to give this fungicide stuff a whirl.

Okay, that’s all I have time for today folks.  I’m about to leave to meet up with someone who wants to buy our old stroller and then I’m off to the store. 

Sometimes I swear I live at the store. 🙂

Scrap Blanket

I finally picked up the scrap throw blanket I started months ago.  Progress was fast at first, but eventually my other interests took hold and my needles took a backseat for months.  I decided to pick them back up last night to finish the yellow ball of yarn.  I only have one more ball of scrap yarn left and it won’t be enough to finish the blanket so I plan to head to my local craft store for new color.  Other than that, I hope to finish this bad boy soon!!  I have a goal peeps and dang-it, I WILL finish this blanket before fall.  (Luckily fall doesn’t hit until November here, ha!)

“Awwwe no. I’m stuck.” She’s Three

I think God should have installed a rewind button our kids.  But then again, I suppose he knows us mothers would keep them little babies FOREVER! (insert an up to no good laugh here)

If you haven’t guessed it yet, my youngest.  my baby.  my cute whittle girl. (I’ll stop I swear) Turned the big 3 in March.  *sniff *sniff.  She is turning into her own little person nowadays, full of sweetness and sass.  She is gorgeous too, but that’s just my opinion. 🙂  Out of the three kids, she has the most sweet, gentle, and quiet demeanor.  So caring too.  She’ll be a great mother one day.

When Bubba and I found out I was pregnant with Rori, we thought she was a sweet little accident.  Now we realize she is the best surprise gift God ever blessed us with.  We love her so much! Okay, I’m getting teary over here.  I’ll leave it at that.

(We LOVE you baby girl! Except when you’re moody.  Just kidding. Xoxo – Ma & Dad) 

And yes, she really calls me Ma when she is hollering for me.  haha! 


If any of you grandparents and friends want to reminisce, then here is the video I made on her first birthday.

Her reaction to the picture below…. “Gasp!  Awwwe no.  I’m stuck.”

A Tip For The Freshman In College

Over the years, my husband has noticed the freshmen college students not always take advantage of all the deals they can receive.  He sees them line up outside the bookstore paying marked up prices for books and supplies.  He gets it.  If no one has explained to them that there are other options, then of course they will spend all their money at the bookstore hoping they can at least score a used textbook. 

So here’s my tip.  Save your money and Rent your textbooks!

We’ve tried buying books from various online sites that are deeply discounted only for them to arrive late–weeks after his class began!!–or it would be the wrong book all together.  We decided that enough is enough.  So we went back to our tried and true method of renting.

Here is an example of a book that came from Campus Book Rentals.  It was Bubba’s Pre calculus book.  If we had purchased it from the campus bookstore, it would have cost us $190!  We paid, $49.

How does it work & what company do you use?

First, let me tell you the company name; Campus Book Rentals.

As for how it works…well…it works just as it sounds! Simply go to their website (link above), type in the book you need, and then how long you need it.  You pay on a secure server, then they ship it for FREE! 
Bing, Bam, Boom and you’re holding a textbook for a fraction of the cost.  Genius, I tell you.

….and because I know you’re wondering, here is a list of more perks that come with renting your textbook.

  • Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • FREE Shipping (This includes returning your textbook!)
  • It’s OK to highlight in the textbooks
  • Flexible renting periods
  • A donation is made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

So if you know someone in college, or you’re attending for the first time, then this is my friendly shove to save yourself the money and rent your textbooks.

Useful links for Campus Book Rentals

Campus Book Rentals

Operation Smile

Bubba uses Campus Book Rentals to rent his textbooks which is why I agreed to write this post.  In exchange we will receive a free book rental!  They are a dependable company with great customer service. 

Thank you for your support as I accept sponsors to help our family.  All opinions are mine.