Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Breaking things down so I actually get stuff done sounds like a good idea, right?  So, I’m going to give it a try this month.

1. Find & purchase at least one bookcase for my currently semi-homeless book collection.

2. Look for a new dining room table.  (I don’t want to rush this process, so I won’t corner us by saying “purchase”, but perhaps looking will be a step in the right direction.)

3. Find & purchase a photo album for our wedding photos.  (Confession time: our wedding was 5.19.07 .  We have yet to put everything together in a photo album.  Eeek!)

4. Winterize my garden, front flower bed, and both side beds.

5. Place a “for sale” ad for my horse.  (Sadness, but really Pea has so much more potential–currently wasted–as a sporthorse than I ever will have as a rider.  She needs to be ridden and shown regularly and I haven’t been able to give her that.)

6. Update boarding ad(s).

7. Complete my barely-started knitting project.

8. Mail care package.

9. Buy at least one Christmas present.

10. Figure out our holiday plans.

11. Pick up manure in arena & hual at least 10 loads of sand into the arena.

12. Take hubby to Columbus for his now belated birthday weekend.  (Scheduled for Oct. 11th.  The weather got in the way last weekend.) 

13. Meet up with some old friends at the Circleville Pumpkin Show October 21-24.

14. Donate to a charity.

15.  Read at least 3 books.

16. Request absentee ballot for Nov. 3 election.

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I thought I’d share.  They’re totally random.
(CAUTION: graphic photo not for the weak stomach about 1/2 way down.)
Also, the dates on the pics are totally off, ignore them.
A Valentine's Day gift from my hubby.
A Valentine’s Day gift from my hubby.



Chocolate Mint Torte made by yours truely

Chocolate Mint Torte made by yours truely. Unfortunately, I didn't have a pretty plate to put under it.


Home 'grown' eggs are the best

Home 'grown' eggs are the best.

Really.  I promise.

Really. I promise.


I love Bare Minerals!  Mark #44 off my 101 list.

I love Bare Minerals! Mark #44 off my 101 list.

And I found sunglasses I love.  Cross #39 off, too.

And I found sunglasses I love. Cross #39 off, too.


************WARNING: photos below are graphic************
Hubby's horse decided to attempt slicing his eyelid OFF.  This was after the vet sewed it back on.

Hubby's horse decided to attempt cutting his eyelid off. This is after the vet sewed it back on. (Don't worry, that's not blood, just good ol' disinfectant.)

Hubby learned that drugged horses are funny...except not as much when you get the bill.

Hubby learned that drugged horses are funny...except not as much when you get the bill.


#11 on my 101 list has been fulfilled.  As you can tell, #10 has not.

#11 on my 101 list has been fulfilled. As you can tell, #10 has not. The new section of fence looks AWESOME though!


(--for the 4th.

My fam, all together--minus my two youngest brothers :(--for the 4th.

Mom's festivity coming out.

Mom's cute food.


From my garden.

From my garden.


My carrots. 9 inches isn't too shabby 🙂

Hubs & I out with friends.

Hubs & I out with friends. (Yes, I'm wearing a shirt...it was a tube top.)

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My New Best Friend

My New Best Friend


Except I don’t like cherry ice cream (or anything cherry, for that matter).  But yeah, meet my new favorite splurge.  It’s cheaper than my old standby, Breyers, and almost as good.

My Old Standby

My Old Standby


Can you tell I really love my comfort food?  Popsicles, ice cream, and popcorn.  Yep, that’s what keeps me going.

Of course I buy mine only from the Boy Scouts

Of course I buy mine only from the Boy Scouts

When the Boy Scouts of America start raising money, I get hit up at least three times–both of my brothers are Boy Scouts, as is our boss’s son.  Last ‘popcorn selling season’, I also got hit up by the cutest kid as I was coming out of the grocery store.  He was obviously getting a lot of cold shoulders, so he looked pretty pathetic by the time I walked by his table.  I felt so bad not buying from him…and really, I would have if I thought I could manage to eat my way through three huge boxes of popcorn by the time the next popcorn selling season rolled around.  There’s no way.  But, I did stop to explain myself to him (silly, I know, but I felt too guilty!).  After I told him that I’d already ordered as much popcorn as I could consume, he gave me the sweetest, most understanding (but still sad!) smile.  His mom thanked me, making me feel even worse, and I almost caved.  Honestly, if this keeps up, next time anyone sees me I’ll be looking like this:


My garden is actually coming along very nicely this year.  I must say, I’m impressed with myself!  I have to post some pics as soon as I take them. 

That said, I’ve been battling green caterpillars (from the white cabbage moth) on everything.  Brassicas, radishes, and even watercress–my pride & joy.

This is what my watercress looked like before the caterpillars came:

Happy Watercress

Happy Watercress

This is what it looks like now (post-caterpillars):

Unhappy Watercress

Unhappy Watercress


However, my mom came to the rescue, as usual! She gave me a little of her secret weapon, which I like to refer to Bottled Death to All Caterpillars in My Garden.  This stuff (correctly called Bacillus thuringiensis, or BT) is great!!  To the naked eye, it actually looks like it rots the nasty caterpillars from the inside out!  What it actually does is a little more involved.  It’s a harmless bacteria (except to caterpillars) that renders the little beasties unable to digest their food.  The best part is can actually work as quickly as 20 minutes after the caterpillar eats a leaf sprayed or sprinkled with BT.  Bye, bye caterpillar.

Maybe I’ll try watercress again another year, though I’m all out of seed so I’ll have to find some more.  Meanwhile, the other plants are thoroughly sprayed with BT twice a week & are back to normal.

Right now I’m reading up on how to keep Squash Bugs away.  I. Hate. Them.  Talk about nasty bugs!  And, unfortunately, there’s no BT equivalent to take them out.  I saw one a few days ago–which I crushed.  Even though I haven’t seen more since then (and, believe me, I’ve checked) I’m worried that it’s just a matter of time.  I was out there this morning and saw three cucumber beetles.  I squished two, but the third one got away from me (twice).  So, the war against the viney plant killers is ON!

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