Sunday, August 28, 2016

Disaster Averted!

Met this guy on the morning walk in the woods today. The dogs were behind me poking about another area. I tried to snap a few shots with the FZ40 camera I had borrowed from a neighbor, not knowing it's idiosyncrasies quite yet and only managed to get a couple half decent shots.
When the dogs trotted out on the opposite side and saw the porcupine my stomach plummeted but I yelled "STOP, leave it," and other similar commands and they LEFT IT ALONE. Can't believe Ziggy listened when it counted, for once. Good dogs!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Skunked Again!

Barely 1/3 of a mile into our morning walk Ziggy come barreling past me, leaping a downed tree and within 30 seconds the pungent smell of skunk wafted to my nostrils. Yes, Ziggy has for the second time in his life attempted to play with a skunk. At least he didn't take if full force into his mouth, it seemed to be a glancing blow. I cut the walk short there and we went home with Ziggy rolling in leaves, dirt, weeds, every few seconds trying to get rid of the smell.

I gathered the bucket, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, Dawn dish-washing liquid and a little lemon juice which isn't in the traditional recipe but I think it helps. So Ziggy is freshly washed, unhappy though that made him. And now he is drying outside, also unhappy that I won't let him back into the house yet.

At least this time I remembered to wear rubber gloves.

And Luna, smart girl, stayed out of trouble.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's a Hat!

I've been very busy all summer. And it's been a hell of a hot one up here. Many days in the 90's, high humidity, and then a weeks long drought that took it's toll on the farmers in the whole state as well as many of my plants. Then there was the deer in the vegetable garden that has essentially killed any chance at decent home grown vegetables this year. Not that I've had many bumper crops in the past, but this has been the worst. But that's for another post assuming I get back to making them. In the meantime:

It's a hat!

This hat is a gift for a SIL and since very few people check my blog at all, I am sure it will be a total surprise when I give it to her. I also took it and 7 other items, both crochet and sewn, to the county fair this week. This shawl is one of them, it's called Leafing Out by designer, Vicki Mikulak at ravelry,com. It's made with Red Heart Unforgettable in the Springtime colorway. This shows it unblocked and with the ends still hanging off of it. I don't expect to win with it as it's pretty simple and the judges don't seem to be fond of variegated yarn, but we'll see when I pick them back up this weekend.

But for now, back to work.

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