It rained again last night. I think the weather is mixed up and thinks it is spring. But we'll take it. So many of you live in areas where you don't have nearly enough rain. So I'm thankful to Mother Nature.
Right now the sun is trying to shine through the clouds.
A reader emailed me last week and told me that maybe I should get a bug zapper to kill flies and other flying insects that terrify Charlie so. I went right over to Amazon and did just that, and it even on sale for around $7.
The one they sent me is pink (can you imagine a feminine color for a bug executioner?) and arrived quickly.
I used it for the first time last night. I was lying in bed reading a book and the dogs were there snoozing. I had it next to me on the sideboard I use as a bedside table.
A mosquito buzzed in front of me. I grabbed the zapper. When you make contact, there is a sizzling sound. Both dogs went tearing off the bed terrified and off to unknown hiding places. Sigh.
Now I can kill the flying insects, but Abi is just as scared as Charlie when I zap them. Hopefully I can find a happy medium.
I don't mean to sound so casual. I don't want to kill bugs. I just can't have them scaring Charlie into hours and hours of shaking underneath a blanket as a result of them getting inside.
Around these parts it's time for the pixie-faced pansies. I know they're loving the rain.
A tip: When I buy them, they're often about five inches tall. I cut the stems down a few inches so that they will fill out and not be leggy. I know it's hard to do that to a plant. But if they are already somewhat leggy, the pansy just falls over from the weight.
So when you can, buy the ones that are thicker with more blooms than flowers.
This is one of those "odds and ends" posts. I keep forgetting to thank the reader who advised me to buy JCPenney's thinner towels that are made to dry quickly.
Since my washer/dryer doesn't get towels quite dry, I did just that. And you're right! They dry quickly.
So thank you to that very kind reader for the suggestion.
Yesterday was cool and rainy. So I finally got into my two walk-in bedroom closets and started purging. I didn't have much choice. They are the only closets in here. No linen closet, no pantry. So where to put sheets and towels and such?
When I had a bigger home, I had places for these decorative pretties. But now I do not.
Last week I was trying to reach something on a shelf in one of them, and knocked over a decorative glass teapot. It shattered on the floor somewhere in the nether regions behind the vacuum cleaner and some boxes.
That is one of Charlie's hidey-holes when a flying insect gets in, and I didn't want him stepping on pieces that I couldn't get to.
Also the green cushions will have to come off of the patio chairs for the winter, and I will have to put them in there. They will take up quite a bit of space. Add to that that all my holiday decor is in there.
Now the floors are clean and I can get to everything, and I'm a happy camper. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and start getting rid of things.
The Blacklist is on tonight for all of you who enjoy watching it. I will be back this afternoon with Tweak It.