Thursday, July 7, 2016

Deer Ate My Garden

Living here 16 years I have had very little damage to my gardens by deer. Even with only a 30" high fence around the one next to the driveway, it wasn't bothered. But last month I decided to take my 2 dogs on a 2 week trip to Massachusetts to visit my sisters and my best friend. In that time I was away, approximately 18 days, at least one deer decided veggies are tasty.

Since I have been home I fertilized the remnants and have been watering every day as it is extremely hot and dry here. Hal did water a couple times while I was gone which allowed things to survive, but he is not as good a deer deterrent as my dogs apparently are.

There will be no snow peas this year. What should have been 4-6 foot high plants are now about 6 inches tall, all the leaves and even vines eaten. The green beans, which were eaten down to stems are regrowing leaves. So are the zucchini, the 3 hills that I have left out of 6 anyway. Forget about the cucumbers, there is one that must have sprouted late and made it through the devastation but it is barely a week old.
Green beans with a week's new growth
Zucchini plants with new leaves and many stems
And apparently my veggie garden which is outside the dogs' electric fence and not visible from the house was not the only place the deer visited. Yesterday I discovered the deer came into the front yard and ate all the leaves off the nicest hosta in the yard. This plant is only about 20 feet from my front door. I don't think there is anything I can do for it.
But I will not be totally thwarted. I have a plan!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Photos from Christmas 2015 and Early 2016

I have been so busy I haven't been posting. I know I play too many Facebook games and am trying to wean myself off those. I get so much more done not wasting time doing stupid things!

While looking at my photos I and past blog posts I realized I haven't posted any of the dogs during the holidays or really any other time. So, here are a few from then and later in January.
The Christmas tree
I had bought Luna a nice Serta dog bed from Sam's Club because it was a great deal, it has great cushioning for the arthritic older dog, and also cooling gel. I should have bought 2 because Ziggy decided he wanted it for himself.

My wonderful sister-in-law, Hal's sister, went and got me another at a different SC, when the first store no longer had any. Now they are content.
 Although, occasionally, Ziggy still wants to be wherever Luna is. Especially if she is eating something.

 Lyra came to visit at Christmas, of course.
  Ziggy snoozing happily on his bed.
For some reason I can't remember, Luna panicked Christmas morning and just had to climb onto my lap to be rescued. Poor thing is such a nervous Nellie!
Luna in my lap

Monday, May 16, 2016

Was Cold Again, but No Longer

The weekend turned cold. One night it dropped to 32.5, no idea about last night, but cold, I had to turn the heat up in the house this morning, it had dropped to 66, haven't had to do that in a couple of weeks. But spring is here for the most part though things are behind the schedule by a couple of weeks. Even the trees are late leafing out. Usually by the 15th the maples have leaves about half the final size, not this year. This year they are barely a half inch across. I keep thinking perhaps the Earth has shifted on its axis a bit, but it's probably only the fault of El Nino.

But now it's almost 1 pm, the rain showers have stopped and it's a lovely 61 F outside. The pups will want their second walk soon, so I'd better sign off for now.

Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Suddenly Summer!

Saturday the temperature outside reached 70.5, a nice change from all those 30s at the beginning of April with all that snow. Sunday it reached 80.9. Now that is not too unusual, there is often a spike this early in spring. Today it's currently 83.3. It's too dang hot, we're not used to it yet, even the poor dogs still have their winter coats. But as it's too hot to cook indoors I'm smoking some Atlantic salmon on the back deck. Salmon in the cold oven and smoke in the other, wafting over through duct work. Looking forward to having it tonight with a nice bottle of white wine. Perhaps I'll even take a picture. It's our first smoking session this year.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Yet Another Furniture Re-Arrangement

Now this unseasonably cold, snowy weather had been getting me down and it's been very gloomy outside and as my house is not well lit due to poor design on the builders, I was antsy to do something to make me happier. So I started re-arranging my kitchen cabinets yet again and then had what has become a brilliant idea with the input from Hal. So we moved the kitchen island into the dining area. It has now become a "bar" and the small table that was against the wall and being used as my sewing table until I moved back into the loft a few months ago has been moved into the kitchen in the island's place.

During cabinet re-arrangement and prior to moving furniture
Island placed where dining table used to be
Now I have no intention of leaving this small table in the kitchen. I placed 2 of my dining room chairs in a position that simulates the length of my 7 foot long dining table so we could get a feel of what it would be like to walk around such a large object. So far so good. When we first built the island the dining table used to be in the dining area but everything felt too big, the table just didn't fit the dining space. The location of the glass doors and fireplace just made walking around it awkward, plus we didn't really use it. As a farm table in the kitchen it just makes more sense. For instance, rolling out pie crust dough is easier on a lower surface. Also, because it's a table and not a big block of wood you can't see through, it's more pleasing visually and makes the room feel larger. The island in the corner isn't really blocking your view of the surrounding space.
new position
One other thing I am doing which you can't see in these photos is replacing some of the curly bulbs, those compact florescents, with LED daylight bulbs. Even the 60 watt equivalents blast out more light. The difference is incredible, and those CF bulbs blow out a lot more often than they advertise. The "60"s are putting out 815 lumens and a nice white light and have become fairly cheap, down to $4.97 at Home Depot. The 100 watt equivalents are still very pricey, around $18. I bought one 75 which cost $12 and because the actual wattage is much less than a 60 watt, somewhere around 10 or so, I was able to put it in my old goose-neck desk lamp up in my sewing room. Now I just need to figure out what to replace the overhead T12 florescent tube fixtures in the kitchen with.

In the meantime, Luna seems to be enjoying the new arrangement.
Luna seems to approve