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    June 30, 2011
    Kill the Wabbit… Er… the Ants

    My dad has a little clay dish that sits on the windowsill next to his chair.  In it he drops his collection of squished ants that seem to always be parading by.  On my own desk at work, I usually crush at least two or three little ants a day as they march around thinking there’s something sweet to be found.  (We won’t talk about the time I left the half cup of lemonade and found 200 ants crawling on it the next morning…)

    So yes, those little critters can be pesty.  Want to get rid of them?  Here are some tips on how to do it au naturale from Life Hacker,

    Besides Borax, you could also sprinkle a baby powder firewall near the ants’ point of entry to make ants inside your home lose their scent trail, get lost, and eventually die.

    To discourage ants from coming inside your house, the baby powder trick may work as well because ants won’t climb over the powder.

    Go read the rest of the wonderful ideas… I’ll try some myself but probably not the cucumber idea.


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    June 29, 2011
    Wordless Wednesday: Pink Butter ‘n Eggs

    Photo by Marlin Harms via Flickr Creative Commons.


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    June 16, 2011
    Tempting Weeders with a Day at the Pool

    Jamie’s plan to weed her vegetable garden is very similar to my plan to get the house clean.  Bribery.

    Last weekend we had reached a critical point in the early stage of our vegetable garden. The weeds were winning like Charlie Sheen on a 24-hour buzz. I was going to have to suck it up and weed while hubby mowed the yard. So I did what every smart mother does—I talked my kids into helping me with the reward of an afternoon at my sister’s pool dangling before them like a  sparkly rainbow unicorn handing out ice cream sandwiches and Pokemon cards.

    While no one loves vegetables fresh from a garden more than me, I’ve always been challenged by ticks, mosquitoes, sweating, and general discomfort from being outdoors.  I plow ahead most days when it’s time to mow the lawn or plant flowers, but weeding.  Nah… sounds not like fun!

    How is your garden coming this year?


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    June 15, 2011
    Wordless Wednesday: Stylish Back Yard

    Photo by Tony Alter through Flickr Creative Commons.


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    June 6, 2011
    Calling 911 on Cicadas

    I admit it!  The 13-year cicadas have been very loud.  But unless you have been hiding under a rock, you KNOW they are numerous and loud.  Apparently a family may not have heard that the machinery they reported when they called 911 were our infrequent visitors.

    From Times News.net,

    ... when the deputy arrived, the complainant told him he had already driven the whole road “and could not find anything making the noise.”

    Davis said the residents were told it would stop in about a week and a half.

    No arrests were made on the noise complaint.

    You saw it here!  The cicadas are leaving us soon. I’ll miss them, I will.


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    June 1, 2011
    Wordless Wednesday: In My Future

    Photo by Ashley Good via flickr creative commons.


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