Friday, February 29, 2008
Riley is the piggy on the right and that's her daughter Squeaky on the left that was born on July 4, 2007. Squeaky was one of four piglets born that day and the only we got stuck with, err I mean, that we kept. Of course I didn't learn the first time around, so here we go again. Stay tuned, updates and pictures to follow...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
However, Saturday morning we noticed this unique snowman at the neighbors house across the street. An elderly woman lives there so we found this snowman out of place, especially because the snow wasn't good for snowman making remember, so we took the following picture.
A couple of days later after the weather warmed and the snow began to melt we looked for the neighbors snowman but he wasn't there. Where could he have gone? It wasn't that warm to melt him away or was it?! Instead what we saw in it's place was an old tire, see below picture. That mother nature sure is creative.
A: It's easy to modify your soil's pH. Start with the Hydrangea macrophylla variety. Soil that is on the acid side (pH between 4.5 and 5.5) will produce blue hydrangeas. Once established, you must fertilize them yearly with an acid fertilizer according to the package directions. When you plant initially, modify the soil with two pounds of sulfur and peat moss. If you want pink to light red hydrangeas, the soil needs to be neutral to alkaline, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Add ground limestone only around the plant to make the blossoms pink. A pH above 7.5 will result in poor growth.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Each girl was announced to the crowd and acknowledged before the start of the game and presented with a certificate for making the "All Star" team. Here's Stephanie below receiving her award -
Stephanie skated hard and played very well and had an excellent scoring opportunity but was robbed by a hot goalie. Despite their efforts and a hard fought battle, her team Herget lost to team Carey.
If I planned it right these little guys will be old enough, weened and ready for adoption a couple of weeks before Easter.
These are mini lop bunnies and the picture below shows one ear already drooping at 12 days.
Emilie has been chomping at the bit to take them out and hold them but they're still too young yet. Soon enough and then she'll have her hands full trying to contain all nine...
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The 3 of us went bumper bowling for Emilie's birthday and we had a blast. Here's Emilie trying to pickup the spare -
No more score sheets and no more pencils and no more need to push the button to reset the pins at the end of each set, the entire experience is now computerized.
Here is one of our game scores -
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Walpole 3, Norwood 1
Sophomore center Stephanie Frye scored a pair of goals including the second period game-winner leading the Rebels past the host Mustangs on Saturday.
Midway through the second Frye and Cosby (2 assists) worked a 2-on-1 with Frye getting in alone on goal to give Walpole (5-9-1, 3-5-1) a 2-0 lead. “They played very well,” said Rebels coach of his top line of Frye, Cosby and Lennon.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Q: Ringling Brothers gives away elephant manure when the circus comes to Atlanta. Is pachyderm poop good for my garden? What is the best manure for gardening?
A: Assuming that the circus elephants are American born (there are no federal restrictions on their waste, although manure from imported animals must be burned or buried), elephant manure can be as useful as any other. However, we do not know the nutrient content. Horse manure is generally regarded as the best; it's rich in nitrogen, and it ferments easily. Cow or horse manure applied in the early spring is best for flower gardens; chicken, cow, or horse manure applied in the spring and fall is best for vegetable gardens; cow or horse manure applied in the fall is best for potatoes or root crops. For acid-loving plants, cow or horse manure should be applied in the early fall or not at all. Never use fresh manure. Another excellent manure is sheep manure. Sheep chew their cud so finely that there are no weed seeds being inadvertently applied to your garden bed. Make sure all manure is aged or composted.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008
As we typically do, the camera came along too. Here are some tracks that were left behind in the snow from various critters. Can you identify them? How bout I make this a little easier as a multiple choice quiz. Here are some possibilities to choose from - Coyote, Fox, Dog, Emilie, Squirrel and rabbit - GO
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Ok, Ok, so I'm not that old but I did wear Tough Skins, which were first introduced in 1971, and I looked good. However, the kids today do have quite the playgrounds as compared to those of 10, 15, 20 years ago.
Here is what the kids of today have to play on. This particular playground was built this past fall just up the street from us; less than 1/2 mile. Emilie is excited and loves it, so we'll be taking advantage of it and getting some exercise too walking up and back.
Potentially even more good news too. The above picture shows one of the Blue Birds sitting atop of a bird house I built. Actually, there have been two of these bug eating machines checking this house out - in and out and sitting on top. The location is attractive, as it's hanging amongst our raspberry plants, which I would guess is prime bug catching real-estate. Our fingers are crossed and we're hoping that they'll move in come Spring!
Here's one taking a break on one end of Emilie's swing set.
And here's a third one sitting on the other end of Emilie's swing set with the neighbors shed in the background.