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Random Round-up

I was putting photos into my Blog folder and looking down at the bottom of the screen I found I had over 250 pictures in the folder.  Holy crap.  So while I haven’t been posting like I used to, I hadn’t totally stopped thinking about it.  Of course, some of these pix are old, unused photos because I never got around to  writing the post I was thinking about, but there are a ton of animal and flower pictures as well.

I’ve decided to start cleaning out the folder and posting the pics that have no special post attached to them.  Ten at a time seems comfortable to me.  Enjoy!

Our rhododendron bush 2 stories high.  It no longer exists as it was torn out to put in sewage lines.

Our rhododendron bush 2 stories high. It no longer exists as it was torn out to put in sewage lines.

I love butterfly bushes. If you want something that will guarantee you lovely winged visitors, put in a butterfly bush.  I have four.  Don't be intimidated by their size.  You can cut them down to 18" inches every spring.  One year for fun, I cut off all the branches below 2 1/2 feet and any branches pointing down.  They looked like giant candleabras when they bloomed.

I love butterfly bushes. If you want something that will guarantee you lovely winged visitors, put in a butterfly bush. I have four. Don’t be intimidated by their size. You can cut them down to 18″ inches every spring. One year for fun, I cut off all the branches below 2 1/2 feet and any branches pointing down. They looked like giant candelabras when they bloomed!

Blurry but still beautiful, an Indigo Bunting.  We occasionally get these coming through in early summer.  They are so lovely, but also very shy.  I took this picture from the kitchen and he still spotted me and took off.

Blurry but still beautiful, an Indigo Bunting. We occasionally get these coming through in early summer. They are so lovely, but also very shy. I took this picture from the kitchen and he still spotted me and took off.

These are the nests of the Organ-pipe (or pipe organ) mud dauber.  Yes, that's on my house and I left them there.  They originally started this nest at face level outside my front door.  Since I experience lingering pain with wasp stings, I was not impressed.  But it totally ignored me when I opened the door which surprised me and made me curious.  In looking up this wasp I found they are non-aggressive and won't sting unless hurt. But face level at the door wasn't going to work with the rest of the family, so I scrapped off the nest and sprayed lemon pledge on the brick.  They then moved the nest up into the corner and I let it be.  Did you know they hunt spiders to put in the nest for the young to eat?  Go here to find out more about this remarkable wasp.

These are the nests of the Organ-pipe (or pipe organ) mud dauber. Yes, that’s on my house and I left them there. They originally started this nest at face level outside my front door. Since I experience lingering pain with wasp stings, I was not impressed. But it totally ignored me when I opened the door which surprised me and made me curious. In looking up this wasp I found they are non-aggressive and won’t sting unless hurt. But face level at the door wasn’t going to work with the rest of the family, so I scrapped off the nest and sprayed lemon pledge on the brick. They then moved the nest up into the corner and I let it be. Did you know they hunt spiders to put in the nest for the young to eat? The adults drink nectar from flowers.  Go here to find out more about this remarkable wasp.

I've had this cactus for an untold number of years and two years ago it finally bloomed.

I’ve had this cactus for an untold number of years and two years ago it finally bloomed.

Judging not by the throw behind me, I can have Christmas out till February, this is the week after Christmas.  How do I know?  My BFF makes pfefferneuse cookies for us every Christmas and they generally don't make it to New Year's!

Me working on the couch.  Judging not by the throw behind me – I can have Christmas out till February – this is the week after Christmas. How do I know? Check out the plate of cookies.  My BFF makes pfeffernusse cookies for us every Christmas and they generally don’t make it to New Year’s!

 

Hermit crab on the prowl.  Love these little guys!

Hermit crab on the prowl. Love these little guys!

Phalanopsis orchid from a couple of winters ago.

Phalaenopsis orchid from a couple of winters ago.

And another.

And another.

A small succulent that bloomed even before I put it in a proper pot.  Unfortunately, it was one of over 20 plants that did not make it through this winter.

A small succulent that bloomed even before I put it in a proper pot. Unfortunately, it was one of over 20 plants that did not make it through this winter.

That’s it for now!

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Well, Darn, It Really Is Winter Now and My Kids Are Trying To Quit Me From Cussing

Random Thoughts and Life At Our House

Well, darn.  This is what I woke up to this morning:

The view out my bedroom window.  Why, yes, I turn my Christmas lights on on dreary days when I'm home.  The Dec/Jan electric bill always hurts.  The price of doing Christmas lights.

The view out my bedroom window. Why, yes, I turn my Christmas lights on on dreary days when I’m home. The Dec/Jan electric bill always hurts. The price of doing Christmas lights.

The middle bedroom.  Yeah, the rhododendron needs cut down.  It's at least 15 ft high.

The middle bedroom. Yeah, the rhododendron needs cut down. It’s at least 15 ft high.

Out the front window.  Tried the butterfly bush for the summer.  It's gonna go.  It grew clear over the sidewalk.

Out the front window. Tried the butterfly bush for the summer. It’s gonna go. It grew clear over the sidewalk.

Out the kitchen window.

Out the kitchen window.

Out the bathroom window.

Out the bathroom window.

Big pine tree at the back of our lot.

Big pine tree at the back of our lot.

Another sign of winter are the birdies:

This is a Junco.  They arrive in the fall and leave in the spring.  They showed up at the beginning of the month.  They are camera shy so you can't see just how beautiful they are, charcoal grey with snow white tummies.  They are cheerful little birds that spend most of their time scratching on the ground for food.

This is a Junco. They arrive in the fall and leave in the spring. They showed up at the beginning of the month. They are camera-shy so you can’t see just how beautiful they are, charcoal grey with snow-white tummies. They are cheerful little birds that spend most of their time scratching on the ground for food.

And the American Goldfinch in his winter clothes.  In the summer these birds are a bright yellow.  They luuve sunflower seeds.

And the American Goldfinch in his winter clothes. In the summer these birds are a bright yellow with black wing bars. They luuve sunflower seeds.  (And that’s a Mourning Dove supervising on top the feeder.)

Sigh.  Winter is here.

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My kids are on a mission, darn it.  To stop me from cussing, particularly in public.  My daughter says I shouldn’t be corrupting youth.  Not sure they’re going to eradicate a habit I’ve had for over 2/3rds of my life.  And I like cussing!  It’s emotionally satisfying.  If I hadn’t been there for the birth and if my kids weren’t so much like me, I’d have to wonder if they were actually mine! 🙂

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We still have one more Christmas to go.  We celebrate with my in-laws on New Year’s Day.  We got the shopping done yesterday.  And husband went out today and bought a pork loin to make into pork roast and some chops, and sauerkraut, and a handful of poppers for New Year’s Eve.

Saver and I also hit the calendar kiosk for our 50% off calendar shopping.  I had to splurge on an extra desk calendar when I saw the “Believing In Ourselves” Daily Meditations for Women desk calendar.  The “Spirit of Place” and the “What Horses Teach Us” are Saver’s calendars.

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While I was rummaging around through some papers before Christmas I found a Toys R Us gift card that had belonged to Spider Bait.  According to him he gave me the card for cash and I should go get some Triops.  Um, okay.  So I made a trip to Toys R Us but they didn’t have Triops.  They did have Sea Monkeys.  So I grabbed some of them and a couple of puzzles.  I had to use some of my Christmas cash cause getting 2 puzzles instead of just one put me over the gift card.  And I’m not even sure the Sea Monkeys are any good cause the packets feel funny.  Like maybe they got wet at some point.  Oh, well.  Time will tell.

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I also had a JoAnn Fabric’s gift card from my birthday and I had to hit JoAnn’s to check out the sales.  I needed this stuff like I needed a hole in my head and I went over my card limit (seeing a pattern here?) and spent some of my Christmas cash because they were clearing out the paper and there were only a couple left.  I have nooo will power.  And, NO, I will not tell you how many WIP’s I have lying around here.

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And a $2 reusable bag to carry it in.

And a $2 reusable bag to carry it in.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Before Christmas I finally got my Hermit Crab tanks cleaned back up.  I was a bad crab mommy.

Before.  Yuk.  Way toooo dry.

Before. Yuk. Way toooo dry.

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After

Happy Hermies!

Happy Hermies!

Out In The Yard

Attention plant lovers!  It’s time to start repotting plants house plants and starting your perennial seeds!  Once the Solstice has passed and the days begin to get longer you’re good to go.

And a heads up to you orchid lovers!  Ikea has Phalaenopsis orchids on sale for $4.99.  More Christmas cash gone.

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Mug of the Day

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Time for me to go.  Here’s me working on a post.  Usually, though, I’m in my PJ’s!

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