Vacation in Social Media and IRL

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s time to prioritize self care, clean my office, enjoy summer and take time to smell the flowers.

Clover Closeup

I’m taking time off from social media, plus some vacation time in real life, too.

The Return of the Revenge of the Sequel of the Ants

June 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Damnation and darnation, now we have another population of ants coming in! The ones by the back door haven’t come back. (Hooray for that!) Now we have ants coming in from the opposite corner, though. Grr!

The ants are coming in through cracks in the window corners and under the window sill above the sink, and getting into the dish drainer / dish washer / sink area. Out came the cinnamon again.

Ant Deterrent Window Sill

We sprinkled cinnamon into the window corners, and I’ve since patched the cracks under the sill. So far, so good; they haven’t been back through there. However, the ants’ access into the cabinet under the sink is more difficult to deal with.

Ant Deterrent Under Cabinet

We’ve laid down baits and tried to “board off” the front edge of the cabinet with cinnamon. The cinnamon edging didn’t work, unfortunately. Since the photo above, we’ve pushed the cinnamon into little mounds around the three pipe holes. That seems to work better, although we’re still getting scouts. We battle on!

Dragonfly on Window Screen, Drying

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

During much-wanted rain, this dragonfly settled itself on one of our windows:

Dragonfly on Window Screen

It sat there for a full day afterwards without moving. I thought it was dead. I guess it just needed to dry off properly, dripping water as it was.

Quick Project: No-Sew Sheer Curtain for Back Door

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our back door has a huge window on it. Since the door faces south west, the nook it opens to gets unbearably hot in the summer. For a long time, we’ve wanted a sheer curtain there to block the sun. I finally got one made. Here’s the back door before:

Back Door Before

I used scraps of the same sheer fabric we used elsewhere in the house, round elastic, eye screws and small nails. Voila!

Back Door After

Much better. :)

Bunny Tiles!

June 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ooh, look what I found:

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow.

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow.

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow. So cute!

(Note: I do not not publish sponsored content, or accept gifts or discounts to write about products. Blog posts are based on my personal opinion.)

Chatty Tom Turkey

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last summer and previous winter (i.e., winter 2013-2014), we had a big wild turkey flock hanging around the neighborhood on and off. This past winter (of the dreadful snows), there really haven’t been any turkeys around to speak of. About a month ago, though, a we sporadically saw a lonely hen. About two weeks ago, a tom came wondering in after her, displaying like the end of days were near:

Turkey Mating Dance 2015

First the hen didn’t pay any attention to the tom. Later, we saw the two standing side by side, heads in different directions, twirling around once, after which he stepped away a little ways diagonally and to the side, all puffed up. It looked very dance-like. Sometimes she would then sit down in the grass, as if sitting on a nest of eggs. We were speculating that that was a part of their mating dance, but since that was the extent of the activity we saw, it’s only a guess. Later that same afternoon, a second hen appeared from somewhere and hung around the pair (shown in the photo above).

The three turkeys wandered off at some point, and we didn’t see them together for days. The tom passed through a few times on its way to the neighbor’s birdfeeder in the past week or so. This week, he came and actually spent pretty much two whole days on our back yard.

Tom Resting

This tom seems to be very chatty (compared to the turkey “brothers” that visited us last spring). He keeps gobbling! It doesn’t seem he’s trying to chase other toms away, nor to call hens ’cause there’s no-one else around. We’re wondering whether he might be protesting the construction noise next door.

Modern Take on Flying Geese Quilt

May 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love how this wall quilt incorporates the flying geese quilt pattern and updates it a little:

DSponge Chy Marshal Parker Wall Quilt

Chy and Marshal Parker; found via design*sponge.

It’s from Chy and Marshal Parker’s home; found via design*sponge. I also love the blue-on-blue color scheme. Fantastic!

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