June 5, 2015

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

We had dry weather all week so I spent it - like everyone else did - trying to catch up on all that needs to be done. I've sure been sleeping well at night, dropping into bed at the end of a long and tiring day.

I mowed the grass. That took two days because it was so tall and it was hot and humid. In the spring I can do it all in one day, but in the summer heat I have to split it up: the front yard and the side yard. Hubby does a third section because the ground is too rough for my mower.

And then there's the garden. It was too wet and muddy to work in before, but it's dried out nicely so I've been working on that as well. It's too late for cold weather crops, but I'm putting everything else in and hoping for the best. When I dug the hole for the first tomato transplant I was thrilled to find so many earthworms and how soft the soil is. Maybe all the work I've done on the soil is finally making a difference?

I was startled by this red-headed centipede crossing the yard. And a scorpion. And a couple of other icky things. It must be summer.

Rosie, our Anatolian/Great Pyrenees, spent a morning digging under her doghouse. I looked out later in the afternoon and noticed her house sitting on its tail-end with the door up in the air. She'd dug a "basement" and the doghouse fell in! I just had to move the doghouse to a new, level spot.

On next week's to-do list: give Rosie a haircut. It stopped raining and immediately the temperature hit 90 degrees and humid.

-- This week's posts were Fruit Drop and How to Make a Cayenne Tincture.

-- What I found: Yarrow Insect Repellent - how to make a natural insect repellent that is stronger than DEET.

Have a blessed week.


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  1. Oh, Kathi, yyyy-yuck! I hate those centipede creepies. When we lived in Oklahoma, one was actually in my bedroom one night. I yelled for my dad to come and kill it. He tried squashing it with my shoe, but my shoe wasn't as long as the creepy thing. Then he dropped a big book on it, nothing. He finally got a hammer to kill it. We lived in a very old (100 yrs or so) house with probably no insulation and things wild could get into the walls ;(
    Glad the rains have let up for you - sorry for the humidity. How cute that Rosie dug herself a basement to keep cool in ;) Love her!

  2. Eeeeeew, Mary! I can't imagine a centipede longer than a shoe! This one wasn't that big. We have scorpions in the house in the summertime so I can sympathize with you on those wild things in the house. :shudder:


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