Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
A: Ground ivy, also called creeping charlie, is a perennial broadleaf weed that lights up the horticulture hotlines all over the country in the spring. Interesting enough, the best time to apply a control for it is when you apply your fall lawn fertilizer. Look for a weed-and-feed product that contains prodiamine. The herbicide will prevent the ground ivy seeds from sprouting, and it will kill any tiny plants that have already started growing. Consider another possibility - hand-pulling. Ground ivy is completely edible and was one of the "potherbs" harvested in early spring when little else was available. It contains Vitamin C.
Interestingly enough me padre and I were just discussing this annoying plant, which is growing out of control in his yard, and how we might remove it. We first had to identify what we were dealing with and that we did, I think. However, I don't know if I have me padre 100% convinced but perhaps come Spring when it begins flowering he'll be sold. I also hope he'll begin the process of hand-pulling this sucker outta the ground.
This invasive lawn weed (Glechoma hederacea) of the mint family is sometimes referred to as: creeping Charlie or creeping Charley, gill-over-the-ground, string-of-nickels, chain-of-coins, field balm, cat's foot, and run-away-Robin.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
These two beauties are Adirondack chairs, which are typically very expensive when purchased brandy new. However, this pair didn't cost me a thing! Believe it or not these chairs were sitting curbside and screaming take us, take us - so I did!
There are a couple pieces of wood that need to be replaced, some screws tightened and the green staining needs to be killed but for the most part they're in great condition and well worth what they cost me.
They're very comfortable to sit in and the other nicety is that the arm rests are nice and wide, which is just perfect for resting my beers on without needing to be concern of them falling or slipping off - booyah!
She lost one about a week ago and the other this morning.
The second tooth was just hanging by a root last night and was the funniest looking thing. Hermey the Misfit Elf (JoAnne), from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special) fame, attempted to pull the tooth last night from an unsuspecting Emilie. Can I just tell you that this was NOT a good idea - you may have been able to hear the blood curdling scream and subsequent crying (and not mine).
It's actually a good thing it didn't come out last night, as the "tooth fairy" didn't have any singles on hand, wink wink. Tonight though, tonight she will come will plenty of singles, just like a groom-to-be's bachelor party...
To access the original Toof, Toofs, Toofies posting.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Another glass crawling insect of ours. The weather warmed up quite a bit this past Saturday and as a result there were a number of insects out and about; this critter was just one of them. I like the fact that these pests are so accommodating and make themselves available for such cool close up photos.
I believe this is an Ophion Wasp of the Ichneumonidae family. Ichneumon wasps are important parasitoids of other insects - insects that live in or on, and eventually kill, a larger host insect. Common hosts are beetles, moths and butterflies.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- 1 can Corn
- 1 can Beets
- 1 can Lima Beans
- Open and mix all three together
Below are few fast food advertising slogans - all of which this concoction was NOT.
- Subway - Eat fresh
- Taco Bell - Think Outside the Bun
- McDonald's - I'm lovin' it.
- Wendy's - Do what tastes right.
Also worth mentioning, since it ties in with the theme, is the fact that President-elect Barack Obama shuns beets.
A: A frost refers to the conditions that allow a layer of ice crystals to form when water vapor condenses and freezes without first becoming dew. A hard freeze is a period of at least four consecutive hours of air temperatures that are below 25 degrees F. Many plants can survive a brief frost, but very few can survive a hard freeze.
Courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Walpole is once again the MIAA 2008 Field Hockey - Division 1 South sectional champions - for the fifth straight year!
They played Somerset on Saturday at Taunton High School for the South championship and beat Somerset in a very exciting game. Walpole controlled most of the game and won 3 - 1. Stephanie scored the first goal for Walpole.
They face North champions Weston on Wednesday 11/12 @ 5:00PM at Wayland High School in the state semi-finals with the winner moving onto the finals at Worcester State College on Saturday.
Monday, November 10, 2008
These pests develop between September and April above ground feeding on the stems and leaves of grasses and other plants, sometimes grazing them off at ground level. When disturbed it adopts a 'c'-shape, as you can see in the picture above, and can get up to 2" long.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Do you see the irony here?
* The abbreviation CCD stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. CCD is the basic teachings of the Catholic church. These classes are taught to school age children to learn the basic roots of their faith.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Yup they do and I know that you know!
I simply do not and can not understand people these days; almost all lack basic common courtesy. Perhaps it's not that they lack it but more that they simply do NOT use it any longer. Let's not overlook how rude these people are too.
Here are some examples of what I'm talking about. I experienced these gems this past week alone -
- The 2 female co-workers who decided to have their meeting smack dab in the middle of the main isle way with complete disregard for everyone else who was trying to get past them. You'd think common sense and common courtesy would kick in and the heffalumps would move out of the way but noooooo.
- The dip-shit driving the Chevy mini van on the highway at 70+ mph, while talking on her cellphone and driving up my ass, who then failed/refused to use her directionals as she jerked into the passing lane and then back in front of me. She kept flapping her gums into the phone the entire time, not missing a breath.
- The person who failed to pull his chair in so co-workers could pass to take their seats. This was not because he was unaware of us trying to pass but more because he is a lazy, ignorant dick.
- Yet another co-worker who was working on his laptop and click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, clicking his mouse, as if sitting alone in his living room, as the entire conference room was quietly trying to listen to the presentation being given. He was completely oblivious too, just how ignorant can someone be?
I could go on and on and on; I have endless examples. The moral of the story is PEOPLE SUCK - that's all and have a nice day.
Friday, November 07, 2008
This little lady was making her way across a window of ours, which is over top of the garage, so she was up there. I'm not sure how she was holding on and not falling, after all she's walking across glass. Also, you may have noticed that she's missing one of her hind legs. These critters are harmless and quite noisy during mating season but a calming, relaxing noisy. Oh and the chickens love em too...
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
- 13 - my dad's lawn
- 25 - our lawn
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Here is a close up of a bunch of juvenile Boxelder bugs climbing all over a daylily.
And here they are dotting the back of our house.
These dudes are harmless and typically not noticed during the summer but come fall, August and September fahgetaboutit, they come out of the woodwork in search of a warm place to winter over. In our case they mass on the West and South side of house, especially on the warmer days. They make their way into every nook and cranny - working their way between the storm windows and storm doors and often time hitching rides on us as we come and go to get inside the house. Although the above picture shows these nuisances dotting the house it does not do justice to just how many there are and how they come together.
This has been taking place each fall since we moved into our house, so we've come to expect it and also accept it as an indication that fall has arrived here in New England and that winter is right around the corner.