Friday, August 31, 2018

Mother's Day Revisited

We aren't known for being "Speedy Gonzales" when it comes to doing things around the house. But today was a good day because TopDad helped me plant the Lilac bush he gave me for Mother's Day this year. I've been nursing it along in its pot on the front porch. It is a Common Lilac; we planted it near what will eventually be a fence between our property and our neighbors. He has a gorgeous deep purple, very fragrant lilac there that I enjoyed this year. Hopefully mine will bloom next Spring and we'll enjoy both of them.


My young plant with the large deep purple lilac behind.
In other news, I made a pot of tomato basil soup from four huge beef steak tomatoes given to me by another neighbor. Yummy!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Intruder Alert!

You know the season is changing when the mice show up inside.

Our antique house is rather porous and as summer turns to autumn the critters seem to think they can move inside. This week we began to notice evidence of a mouse in the kitchen so I got out my trusty little snap traps, baited them with almond butter and set them out last night.

It got in one good meal without setting off the trap.




It was not so lucky on the second attempt to stuff itself.



The face of a filthy varmint!


Critters belong outside. When they come in and make messes they deserve what they get!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Finally got a photo!

We had sons visiting on Friday, helping with more tree felling and clearing out of the back yard. I won't bore you with photos of that (because I didn't take any!), but want to share a photo of Mr. Movie and I. He was the one I neglected to get a photo of at the Family Reunion.



Sunday, July 15, 2018

This isn't exactly how we planned

Our home sits on an acre and a quarter and is covered with mature trees. Some are more than mature, they're in need of euthanasia and a decent burial. But we haven't gotten to them quick enough.

Downed limbs with Noble for perspective


Difficult to see, but this is where the limb fell from.
We want to replace these dying trees with fresh ones in the spots we want, (there seems to be no rhyme or reason to their current placement) and enjoy them growing here for the next few decades. We'd just like to do it on our timetable. However, death often comes at inopportune times and we have to deal with it.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Family Reunion Highlights

Mr. Movie, TopDad, JET at our shooting activity

Noble and Miss Pasta relaxing in the car while the rest of us shoot

Back to front - Miss Pasta & Lt. Lehi, TopDad, JET, Mr. Movie

TopDad

Mr. Movie and JET

JET trap (or skeet) shooting
JET and PFCMom

Miss Pasta, PFCMom, Noble

Before . . . 

. . . during . . .

. . . after!

Miss Pasta, PFCMom, Lt. Lehi
I feel really bad because I neglected to get a photo of Mr. Movie and I. 😔

This was our seventh annual Family Reunion, and they just keep getting better. Join us next year!