Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wedding RX

I just spent the last hour and a half crafting a wedding gift for JP's nephew, who is tying the knot next weekend.

JP and I received a very similar gift from his buddy, a physician, almost 23 years ago.  We have blantantly plaguarized his idea for almost every wedding that we have attended since!

Step 1: Freak out the bank teller by requesting a large
amount of small bills.

Step 2:  Fold the bills.  Roll them into tiny cylinders.
Step 3:  Slip a piece of a straw from Wendy's over to hold bill in place.

Step 4:  Print out a label.
Step 5:  Attach label and...TA DA!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Over My Head

I ventured into town in Old Bessie this morning, and picked up 3 - 100 foot rolls of 6 foot high welded wire fencing.  My Dad offered to help me get a better fence up around the garden to keep the deer out.  We only got one roll up before the day got too hot, but it already looks better...the bottom of the garden now has fencing that stands over my head!
 


It looks like the beans are coming back after being munched, I'm not sure about the strawberries yet.
I've wrapped up the blueberry bushes, to protect the growing berries...just in case.
 
 
We had a nice weekend.  We spent Saturday evening with friends, and took a lovely walk on the hill.  On Sunday afternoon, we made barbecue for my parents and my grandma.  L helped my Dad retrieve an Indigo Bunting from his chimney chase.
 
 
J discovered this enormous snake coming down out of a tree by the compost on Sunday.  There is an Oriole nest in this tree, so I'm sure he has a gullet full of eggs or chicks in this picture!
 


I'll leave you with this picture of one of J's tomatillo plants.  Isn't it beautiful?


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Circle of Life

Remember those cute baby birds out in the Ficus?  One morning last week, J noticed that they had disappeared.  I must inform you, they were definitely not big enough to fly away at that point.  We have to assume that either one of our marauding cats or a coon got them, as the nest was completely destroyed as well.  So sad!

This afternoon, as I sat on the deck, my Dad hollered from over at his house that a newborn fawn was lying near our driveway.  We hurried down the hill, and found the tiny fawn lying in the grass, taking in deep breaths of air, its brown eyes wide and unblinking.  His fur was still wet, and the afterbirth was lying on the ground nearby.  As we watched, he suddenly rolled to his side, rocked a few times until he got to his feet, and then leaped away down the hill, stumbling and falling once or twice.

 
My Dad thinks that the doe was frightened away when our friends drove up the driveway in their car a few minutes earlier.  By the time that the skies let loose and the rain started to pour a few minutes later, I'm sure that the little guy was tucked safely into the underbrush with his Mama.

It's hard to connect that sweet little fawn with the deer that are driving me to desperation lately.  Lazy Laura did not keep them out of my garden, and by Monday, all of the strawberry plants were eaten off and the berries trampled, many of the beans were munched, and one bed of peas were gnawed down by several inches.  I managed to put up an extra row of deer netting around the lower 1/3 of the garden, above what was already hung (thanks to our friends who left us yards and yards of the stuff when they moved West.)

I ventured back out this morning, and saw no signs of new visitors over the preceding 36 hours.  We'll see how long this lasts...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Last Line of Defense

I was extremely discouraged to visit the garden yesterday and again today, only to see that the deer had been back, despite my best efforts at battening down the hatches.  Now 2/3 of the strawberries are eaten off, along with more beans.

Not only did they bite off of the plants,
they walked through this bed!
 
The girls and I decided to resurrect "Lazy Laura" this year, and put her on duty as our last line of defense against the deer and the springs in their feet.  She is wearing a bathrobe (because she is lazy) and a Tractor Supply hat (since she lives on a farm.) 

 
 
I mowed the grassy areas of the garden today, and covered the blueberry bushes with netting to protect those berries against the birds.  I meant to cover the strawberries too, but didn't get around to it. 

Hopefully there will still be some left to cover tomorrow!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free at Last!

L lost another tooth yesterday evening.  She put it in the Tooth Fairy pillow right away, and didn't mention it at bedtime.  When I woke the girls this morning, she got an anguished look on her face and said, "She didn't come!  The Tooth Fairy didn't come!"  Apparently, Ms. Fairy was hiding under the bed, having gotten in to Pennsylvania much later than expected because of all of the lost teeth elsewhere in the country.  Luckily she left a note explaining this, along with an extra $1 coin while we were all away this morning!

The girls finished up school this morning, and ran head first into Summer Vacation.  They got off the bus at our friends' house, where the front yard and driveway was decorated with signs, balloons and streamers.  They also supplied water balloons, water squirters and snacks.  The kids rushed through the crepe paper finish line, right into a water battle of major proportions.  2 hours later, everyone was soaked through and famished.

 
After a quick lunch and change of clothes, L set off to a friend's house for a Birthday party, and the older 2 (J and friend, C) and I went out summer clothes shopping.  We accomplished that, and were home by 4.  The girls also had time to try out the mattresses and hide in shelves behind the comforters at Kohl's.

 
Once home, I headed to the garden to harvest veggies.  I was dismayed to find that the deer had *somehow* gotten in (again), and munched off most of 2 beds of beans, about a third of the strawberries, and some peas.  I harvested a basket of peas, strawberries and lettuce, then walked the fence, shoring up low spots, and wrapping things with tape from old videos (trying to make it look more ominous.)  I hope it does the trick, because it is very discouraging to think that all of the work we've done in there so far will be undone!


All 3 girls are sleeping peacefully downstairs, having been stuffed with tacos, showered and read to from "The Long Winter."  Tomorrow I have promised a trip to the city.  I am already exhausted thinking of keeping up with everyone for an entire summer!  I wonder if I can talk them out of it?