Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, the curious visitor


PS, he is a beautiful animal, but I wish he would stop eating my roses and currant bushes.......

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The roses were proud, while we were away!

The roses had rebounded once transplanted, and were beautiful. We are sold on the banana peel treatment and will use it regularly. Unfortunately we have to give first aid to the roses once again, as they were dinner for the deer in our absence.


I will say this, deer are able to take a clean bite!


The deer also had their way with my beloved currant bushes...

I had just come across this homemade deterrent spray for deer and we will get a gallon of it made up for quick weekly applications. The suggestions include spraying each week as well as after a rain storm.

The Deer Deterrent Formula
adapted from:  Old World Farms
makes 1 gallon

2 eggs
4 cloves garlic
2 t red pepper flakes
1/4 c whole milk

1 gallon water

Buzz eggs through milk in a blender until smooth, strain through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer. Add to sprayer and dilute with the water.

Spray weekly as well as after a rain storm.

The other trick we shall try is small amounts of dog hair scattered around the roses. I think a suet box (the green mesh kind) filled with dog fur ( there is a groomer close to where I work) might give the presence of a dog.

Currently we have no dog, there is no plan at this time for a dog ( right now the cat is in charge.....) yet during our conversations, my husband remarked that they did not have problems with deer when he was a kid. They live way out in the country, but they also had two dogs. This makes me think the mesh boxes might help.....

We will update on the successes of these two treatments.

We did have one success however, the rhubarb now in a permanent spot, is showing signs of growth!

It is that little spot of green on the right side, that is making me happy!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, August 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in August. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of Old World Farms
We had quite the visit from deer during our absence last week. They enjoyed a delicious rose bush and all the green leaves on each of the currant bushes. I am hoping one of these sprays will help in the future. I love the deer, but really I also like my roses and currants!


Photo courtesy of Hillbilly Housewife
We do have a roll of paper towels hanging in the laundry room, having crossed over to cloth towels 30+ years ago. I know we save hundreds on paper towels and honestly the couple extra towels a week do not add to the work or cost of regular laundry. The reason for the paper towels? For animal clean-up messes and draining bacon, that"s it!

 Photo courtesy of Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
I have not tried this yet, but I sure will. Window streaks seem to be my companion when I clean windows, maybe that is due to change!

Photo courtesy of Sauver
Everywhere I look there are quinoa recipes. When I am ready to cook, I don't make them. Which is silly as I have a bag of quinoa to use up, and I actually enjoy quinoa. This looks like a great one to start with. Lemon Herb Quinoa

Photo courtesy of Tasting Table
We have started using a lot of ginger. Sometimes I peel it, other times I don't. If you fall in the must be peeled category, here is an easy method to use. 


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July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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