Sunday, May 01, 2016

There's A Mouse In The House

Last week I found mouse droppings in my kitchen drawers. Everything came out and I will never use the drawers again. Israel laughs at me. He cleaned them and fixed a hole. He tells me it's fine to use the drawers.
Doesn't matter. I don't care.

Today I am sitting where I always sit and work on my computer and out of the corner of my left eye, I see something. I tell myself maybe the other eye is getting floaters. 

But then a little bit later I'm in the bathroom and I definitely see a mouse come out from underneath the door that goes to my hot water heater, which is just across from the bathroom, and run to the kitchen. 

You can bet I scooped up these pupsters so fast and grabbed the phone. I called Israel and got voice mail. So I called again because I was not putting my babies down when a 5-6 inch intruder was invading my home.

Israel was here in under 30 minutes. I took the dogs out on the patio, where I may live if he doesn't figure out this dilemma pretty quick. And I won't have chemicals of any variety in my apartment. 

Charlie is shaking like a leaf because I suppose he saw it as well. 

I'm not afraid of a lot of things. I can pick up a spider or bug and put it back outdoors. I don't mind lizards. But I can't abide two things: snakes and mice. 

I have moved everything from my kitchen drawers to other places around the apartment. I WILL NOT use those drawers again. 

On principle. Knowing those damned mice had me fooled (probably laughing at me) while I was freely reaching my hands in those drawers getting dish towels and Saran Wrap and thinking nothing was amiss. 

Then one day I see their little calling cards. And I throw down whatever I reached in there for, dumped everything out of the drawers. And sent a quick SOS to Israel. 

I was beside myself. I was shrieking. I was terrified my babies would try to bite a mouse and it would have some deadly disease. 

I had nightmares that night. And the next night. And the next. And now I actually see one of the little buggers today. 

Every few seconds my eye moves from this computer screen and checks out the door from under which that most unwanted of visitors came running out earlier and went straight into my kitchen. 

Israel has moved out the refrigerator. Put whatever those things are everywhere. (I'm not looking, I tell you.)

But I'm terrified I will go to bed and get up to go to the bathroom tonight. And bleary eyed and without my glasses, I will come face to face with one. 

It is all out war. And will be until every little inch of space, every tiny nook and cranny is covered up, nailed down and free of little passages for the rodents.

We're under siege here, people.

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Sunday On The Patio

We've had lots and lots of rain and thunderstorms lately.

The configuration of my outdoor room got changed slightly. I kept tripping over the bigger coffee table that matches the iron chairs. So Israel helped me swap it to a location farther out on the patio.

I hung up some painted frames I had in the closet.

And soon I'll have fresh tomatoes for my veggie burgers. I can't wait to taste them!

What's going on in your gardens, patio or deck space this weekend? Is it warm enough to plant seeds or seedlings yet?

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Six On Saturday 4/30/16

Bouncing around the web, I found this to be the perfect spring greeting.

Like many little girls across the land, I grew up wanting this, a house with a white picket fence.

This is one heck of a great upcycle.

This most definitely floats my boat.

I find this overhead lighting to be quite intriguing. Not to mention the view!

Oh, I do love all things vintage blue.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

10 Ways To Add Art To Your Garden

Adding whimsy to your garden space is like adding ornaments to a Christmas tree. 

Click here for instructions on making these wind chimes.

Just add paint!

Click here for instructions.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Pupsters Get Their Summer Cut

Yesterday the pupsters got their summer cut. They came home with kerchiefs on. 

Abi's had a feather. She was not impressed with the finery.

They don't like having kerchiefs on, so I quickly got some photos and took them off.

Abi and her theatrics.

Solemn little Charlie.

The day before. Quite a difference, huh?

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Water Gardens

This is my water garden area. 

I name the areas on my patio. There is the bird bath garden, the raised bed garden. And in the veggie department, I have one lone tomato plant so far. 

I actually think that is fruit, isn't it? A tomato?

And to balance the galvanized tubs of water, we arranged some pots of herbs and flowers around it to give it balance.

I'll take more pictures later. But the water gardens are just to the right of the gazebo. My various gardens kind of zigzag across the patio.

Do you know what this is? The galvanized container of marbles with water? That is a bee and butterfly bath. They can hover on the marbles and take a bath without drowning in the water.

There is nothing like the calming sound of water to relax you. To sit under the gazebo and close your eyes and just listen. 

The male cardinal calling to his mate. Branches whispering in the breeze. 

It is simply magical.

I dug up mint and a canna lily, washed off most of the dirt, and planted them in pots that Israel drilled holes all around so that it would sit down flat in the water. 

I used pea gravel as the top layer in the pots. There is bigger gravel on the bottom of the pots. Some plants have about an inch or so of dirt. 

And this, my friends, is my version of a water garden. A gathering of different type containers. Water plants and herbs and flowers in them. 

I'm sure I'll be adding and changing things as I go. But this, for now, is what I envisioned.

Updated to add: Don't have standing water over your marbles in your bee/butterfly bath, due to mosquitoes you don't want laying larvae. 

Pour in water about halfway up the marbles and they will be able to get to water, but it isn't standing where mosquitoes will lay larvae... See this:

I found this information here. I am going out and pouring off any water "standing" above the marbles. Live and learn!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fundamentals Of Water Gardening

If you want to add a relaxing zen type atmosphere to your gardens, you might think about adding a bubbling or trickling fountain to your outdoor space.

If you have bubbling or moving water in your fountain, this will keep mosquitoes from laying larvae in your water feature. Not only are they a pain in the butt, but mosquitoes can be dangerous, as they carry several diseases.

Mosquitoes will only lay eggs on water that is still and not moving.

Do make sure that you are using an outdoor electrical outlet. And if you must use an extension cord, make sure that it is for outdoor use. 

And that the outlet has a ground fault circuit interrupter.

Potted Water Garden Out Of An Old Tub:

You can add floating plans to the fountain, such as waterlilies. They will float on the surface of the water to shield it from egg-laying mosquitoes. 

You can also stock the fountain with mosquito fish, guppies, killfish, or another type of fish that eats mosquitoes. They won't stop the mosquitoes from laying eggs in the fountain, but they will kill the larvae. 

Here are things you will need if you are making the water feature yourself in a container:

1. Container (pot without holes, galvanized tub, etc.)
2. Pump or air bubbler
3. Floating plants

I'm going the route of galvanized containers and using pumps from Home Depot. 

If you want an urn fountain that has a basin beneath it, you can buy fountain kits. You can order them from companies like Aquascape and many garden nurseries.

The water recirculates from underneath.

Click here to find out how to make this water feature. Below is the basic premise for building it.

And if you live in an apartment or have only a small space, here are some examples of container water gardening you can implement in your outdoor space.

Click here to see them. I'm sure one of them will suit you.

I think you will enjoy creating your water fountain, and then sitting back and watching the show.

I will be showing mine in the next day or so. Not quite done yet!

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