Saturday, July 18, 2015

Links and Things

Howdy Ho! Here are some things for you to gander at over the weekend. I have been doing a lot of yard work. Removed the brick border around the rock garden and added river rocks which look much nicer. For the last three years I have been trying to get rid of those damn yucca plants on the mound near the pear tree without much success. Wretched things belong in Arizona not New Jersey.

Here is what the area looked like the day I went on a ripping out spree. Our son was giddy as I cleared away all the weeds and removed rocks and opened up a world of insects to him. My heart goes out to the families of some pill bugs, millipedes, beetles of various kinds and ants.

That is our son on the bottom right, probably playing with a worm. He did put them back in the dirt at my request.

Sticking with the bug theme. Here is a nice tutorial to make beetle pancakes on The Kid Should See This.

We are slightly obsessed with Wolf Alice and the song "Moaning Lisa Smile".

The Guardian has a series called "Secret Teacher" which I discovered to day by reading this crazy article: "Elizabeth is 12 and homework is stealing her childhood". Why anyone would over schedule their child/children like this is beyond me. The comments on the article were insightful as well.

Made a delicious Basil, Shrimp and Zucchini pasta the other night. I used pennette pasta instead of what they recommended.

Different from the normal all white and glass green houses we see, check out "How to Build a Lean-to Greenhouse" in Backwoods Home magazine.

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen has a "Ridiculously Easy Jalapeno Pickles" recipe.

Have a terrific weekend!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

This Morning's Breakfast

Swiss Chard, Onion and Cheese Frittata.

It is in the oven now and we are so looking forward to it on this sunny Sunday morning.

Have a beautiful day!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


We live in a 1920's bungalow. When I first saw it I saw tons of potential. I realize now that I should have been tased by someone because the myriad of problems that have come up with this little house have been staggering. Yes we had an inspection, but things still go wrong. The prior owners of 40+ years did not take care of this house one bit and did all sorts of shoddy repairs which while they looked fine, they eventually revealed themselves to be fire hazards and stupid.
Our recent issue has been those little house ants. They annoy me, but they are not making me squirm.

These sort of are: Psocids

Last night my husband tells me he sees these little spider mites crawling all over the wooden shelves he had made for our hideous pink bathroom. We both thought this was odd because we know they like plants, etc, so we looked it up and found out if there is an abundance, they can crawl through windowsills and hang out on the exterior of homes. Makes sense, but the hanging out on the wooden shelves did not, so this morning I woke up and came down to look. Little grayish bugs that one can barely see were everywhere. My husband is color blind so to him spider mites may be gray instead of red. I immediately grabbed the computer did a search and found the psocids.
Now, the bathroom they are in is not the one we will be redoing yet, though it is the one I have always believed would be done first. Instead we need to get the second floor bathroom done beforehand. The downstairs pink bathroom is a poorly ventilated nightmare and there is mold on our walls and ceiling. My husband is constantly wiping it off and we are always trying to air that bathroom out. All we have is one window and we do not always leave it open. These little psocids like to feed on mold and fungus and we have it in spades for them.
Now we have a big fan set up to help dry the bathroom and I am doing my best not to take a sledgehammer to the whole thing. Good thing we don't have one I guess.
So here it hoping the fan works and I will continue to vacuum the ants and clean away their little chemical trails to prevent others from coming on in,


Monday, July 6, 2015

Back From Vacation

Hello everyone! We just got back yesterday from visiting family and friends in North Caroline and Georgia. Family was in North Carolina and that was great because we got to swim, hang out and went to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. We also did take out from Patrick Jane's Gourmet Pizza Bar. Thinnest crust ever and it was fabulous! After three days we headed to Cumming, Georgia to see good friends and we had a blast. We swam there as well, ate well, drank, chatted, laughed and went to the Georgia Aquarium. All in all a very necessary vacation and a good one. It takes 9 hours to drive to Raleigh and Delaware and Maryland had a bunch of traffic on the way down. Partner that with monsoon rains and well, it was fun. Atlanta was 5 1/2- 6 hours from Raleigh and we made good time. The three year old boy and 12 year old dog traveled beautifully and never once complained. Now that was a gift.

This morning I was thrilled to see all my flowers blooming like crazy. I also noticed the deer had found the hostas, the bastards, now I have to try and protect what I can. The worst thing I realized this morning was that house sparrows and evicted our bluebirds. :( I kept running outside to chase them away, but unfortunately it seems as if the bluebirds will not be back. To prevent the invasive house sparrow from thinking my yard is a haven, I removed the nesting box and stood it on the ground. Luckily no bluebird carcasses were inside, but now I have to rethink where to hang the bluebird nesting box for next year. Right now 10 of them are hovering by the box on the ground and a deer just strolled through my yard. Wildlife. Gotta work with it. Good times.

On a lighter note, here are some pictures of my blooms.

May you have a wonderful day.