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A moment of silence

Let’s have a moment of silence for all the Girls Camp leaders who left for camp today knowing: Tonight a first year will barf. Tomorrow a second year will call her mom to come get her, and there’s a 50/50 chance mom will blame you. Thursday a third year will be injured, probably while pranking

And now, the pests

I saw my first Japanese Beetles today. The first two died in the throes of ecstasy, and the third, voyeuristic onlooker died ignominiously. Death was too good for them, and I showed them far more mercy than their kind deserves. And thus it begins. The original planting spot of the butternut squash seedlings has been

Meat bouquet of flowers – Father’s Day DIY

Sydney and I made one of those “broquet” meat and beef jerky bouquets for Jared today. It was fun, and easier than I thought. I spent $18 on beef sticks and about $21 on cured or dried meat and Nathan’s hot dogs, not all of which was used. If I were doing it again I’d

Cursed deer

It’s a class 2 misdemeanor to kill a deer that is eating your garden here in Virginia without getting a permit to do some from the Game and Wildlife dept. Luckily I’m on over 5 acres, so I could probably get one. The dern critters ignored the hubs’ donation to the cause and the Deer

Finally Fire

We finally got the fireplace mantle up. Let’s not talk about the argument we had when Jared hung it on the wall like a picture frame, 1/2” off the ground. Let’s just talk about how great it looks: I think it turned out nicely, and miraculously our marriage is still in tact. This is a

Oh, Deer

I usually don’t have any trouble with deer in the yard. I guess the buffet bar I’ve planted has proven to be too much for them this year. Sydney wanted to go to get ice cream last night (“Let’s dress up, mom, because it’s my next to last day of school!”) and so we loaded

Mite-y Rose

I was in the garden yesterday with a friend and got inspired (read: shamed into) to doing some deadheading today on the New Dawn rose. It looks a lot better, but now I realize what was causing the petals to look so damaged — it wasn’t the cold weather as I assumed. It is mites.

Come Follow Me — That’s the Point

A few weeks ago I saw a poll that got me thinking. This Week in Mormons asked who was feeling successful with Come Follow Me. Here are the results: At the time of this poll, I was reading the CFM material on my own, but our family had given up trying to study together. The

Del’s Tomatoes

I put in the tomatoes from my friend, Del, this morning. I ran out of potting soil and had to go get more. It took 4 bags to mostly fill the growing bags he gave me, and I could have put most of a fifth if I had wanted to. On the end of the

My First Ikebana Arrangement

Ever since I first saw one of those gorgeous Japanese flower arrangements, I’ve been wishing I had access to flowers and knew how to do it. Well, with all this free time on my hands lately, I’ve been able to spend a few hours studying up on it. It turns out that now that my

Pests and Hope

I went out this morning for my regular Wednesday Miracle-Gro application and took a more careful look at the garden. Apparently the bugs reconnoitered and decided to assault my very best Kohlrabi plants after I put the diatomaceous earth on the other end of the garden: The little buggers forced me to go nuclear, and

A 0 Point Weight Watchers Meal That’s Actually Filling

If you’re like me, the quest for filling 0 point weight watchers meals really gets me going. I love a challenge! Today’s dinner was totally filling and super easy to make! I used premade salsa from Giant and the kabobs were already made. Texas Caviar and Salmon Kabobs To make the Texas caviar, I mixed