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Saturday, July 31, 2010

56 Years. . .

Every good story has a beginning and this one began in 1954, on this very day, fifty six years ago. My mom and dad were married on a military base in Germany.

After their ceremony they took a ride on a tank!  They lived in Germany for almost a year and returned to New York by crossing the North Atlantic on a ship.  Ask them someday to tell you about that adventure.
Here's the telegram Mom sent once she arrived in Europe.  My granny once told me that she almost chocked to death as she watched her plane leave Nashville! 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shopping @ CSN Stores

I love to shop and usually I'm not indecisive about what I want to purchase. But, recently CSN Stores offered me the opportunity to review a product from one of their stores and I think I am going to have a difficult time choosing! CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from cookware to cribs and even your most specific needs like LED lighting or laptop cases!
Check back in a couple of days to see what I decide to review and meanwhile take a look at CSN stores to see the variety of products and brands they offer and tell me what you think I should pick.
You might see some items you like and decide it's time for some back to school shopping!

Beetles and Spiders, Oh My!

We live on the Ponderosa with all sorts of little varmits, usually in a state of peace and harmony but this week we have declared War!  We each have our own individual battles going.  Peanut is waging war on the Japanese Beetles!  

Here's one of the pesky creatures on my sunflowers.  See that huge piece that has been eaten from the leaf.  His weapon of mass destruction  is a sprayer full of Sevin and he is not afraid to use it--on the garden on the shrubs any place one of these little beetles are spotted. While he fights the bugs, I fight the spiders.

This one is right outside my back door and seems to be catching other pests.  It's web is so intricate that I hate to tear it down, so it has been given a little reprieve and I named her Charlotte.  As long as she stays put we can declare a truce.  Other spiders are not so lucky.  They are everywhere.  I find them in the window sills and the door frames but the worst ones are those you don't notice before you walk through them!
My weapon against them is my little two gallon shop vacuum.  Their webs are no match against the suction power of my Craftsman Clean and Carry!  
But today there was a new battle, one that called for a weapon of mass destruction!  
This plaque hangs right beside our door and there was a funny buzzing noise coming from it.
And here is what was responsible for this noise. . . 
I am now making it  my mission to put dirt daubers on the endangered species list. The battle was messy and even involved the water hose set on power wash and a golf  club!
 But these critters are allowed on the Ponderosa any time, they have free reign, if only they fed on beetles, spiders or dirt daubers!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

All you need. . .

To make a little boy happy, all you need is a stick and a river!  He'll play for hours!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gonna Need a Nap

After this perfect summertime lunch we are going to need a nap!  It takes a community to create a lunch this good.  The beans and squash are from our garden.  The tomatoes are from my Mom and Dad's garden.  The corn is from our neighbors' garden.  The cornbread was made by me and the potatoes came from the grocery store!  No restaurant around could serve any better lunch! But the kitchen sure was a mess!

Monday, July 5, 2010


Remember Carly Simon's hit song, Anticipation?  Went like this:
Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'
(If you are too young for Carly you may remember this song from a ketchup commercial)

Since what can we eat next is our motto on the Ponderosa, here's what we are anticipating!