Don’t you just love sunflowers? Doesn’t everybody? And as for mine, I don’t know for a fact that the sunflowers have cost me $50 — it might be more; I’m hoping it’s less. I’ll find out next month when I get the water bill. I’ve wanted to plant sunflowers ever since I saw them in a neighbor’s yard a few years back, but I always forget until it’s too late. But not this year! Sometime in March I actually remembered and went to the nursery. Problem is, I haven’t bought seeds for years. They used to be 39¢, then they went up to 79¢. Of course, that was in the 90s. How about $2.59? For a packet of seeds. SEEDS. Not a pot of flowers, just a little envelope with seeds. Okay, okay, I know — I’m still living in the last century. Anyway … I came home and planted… Read More »
Yes, indeed, a nice big platter of chicken paws to go with the chitterlings and fried green tomatoes. I have never, personally, had chicken paws and until today, I was unaware that there was even such a thing. But as my friend Melenda might say when faced with something bizarre, “it’s a wiggly world.” It is indeed and some days more than others. Not only are there chicken paws, but there are tomato cages and plant locks. I was unaware that tomatoes needed to be kept in cages — they’ve always seemed rather docile and even bland to me, but there are all kinds of cages to confine them — the standard cage (shown here) is just a plain wire contraption. However, if your tomatoes are of a sensitive bent, they might prefer something made of bamboo, or redwood, or hey — maybe even oak. You can even find elegant cages shaped… Read More »
How is it that I get seduced by plants? I know I should stay away fro nurseries — I’m worse than a kid in a candy store. But here I am again, buying something that I’ve never even heard of and hoping it’ll actually grow and thrive in my garden. I’m batting about 200, but just can’t seem to let it go. Maybe this time it’ll be a home run.
Which of these two windows do you think is the “too-small” window? If you said the one on the right, you would not be right, you would be wrong. Wrong, WRONG, WRONG! Sorry about the shouting. Let me explain. If you have lived on this planet for more than a couple of decades, I’m willing to bet you have made some colossal mistakes. Something that you regretted perhaps for many years. Something rather more serious than a bad haircut, but not as life-altering as a bad marriage. So it is with this window. I’ve lived in this house for over 30 years and one day I said to myself, “Self, why am I sitting here eating breakfast looking at a blank wall?” My self did not have an answer to that. “What about a nice big picture window?” I continued as I chomped on the Cheerios. Yes! A big window that looks… Read More »
Do you know how to use a hose? I bought a new hose — a Swan Weatherflex Hose — and it came with instructions. Now I may not be the smartest person on the block — I know for darn sure that I am not the smartest person in my family, but then the people in my family are pretty darn smart — but by George, I’m quite certain I know how to use a hose! Somebody suggested — and it wasn’t me — that to eliminate truly dumb people, we should simply remove all the warning labels from products and let nature take its course. When it comes to instructions on a hose, I have to agree. I wondered if somehow there might be some hidden surprise in that length of plastic, so I read the directions. And here’s what it told me: “Remove the plastic ties and uncoil… Read More »