Archive | May 2014

The Scout Report

Hi there.  I am here in the picture below at the end of the leash…but I am walking in front of the nice park ranger.

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We all took a walk at a beautiful state park today and learned to identify some of the local trees and bushes.  It was fun, but I would have much preferred chasing all the squirrels.  This was not permitted, however.

After our walk, we enjoyed a picnic…

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….but, we had to eat quickly because there was a storm coming our way

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This month has been busy.  We averted a corn cut worm crisis.  We observed that several of our corn stalks, just emerging from the ground, were cut and left prone on the ground.

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We researched the cause and found it was the work of the cut worm.  We read that there are several things you can do to deter the dreaded worm:  applying wood ash, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds, and placing a cuff around each individual plant.  So, for good measure – we tried all of these and we’ve seen no more evidence of the worms and the corn seems to be thriving.  We’ll post some new pictures soon.

In other garden news, the lettuce is looking good and Mr. and Mrs. Fifty Shades have had some good salads lately…

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We’ve been keeping busy with projects – getting back to work on Mr. Fifty Shades workshop…

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and an expanded deck on the north side of the house (pictures soon).

We’re having a good time – hope you are, too!

Until next time,










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This week we had company – a frequent and fun guest.  We always find activities to fill our time…a picnic here, a game of Scrabble there.

Oh…we also made homemade mayonnaise

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We watched (from a distance) Mr. Fifty Shades extract the Queen Bee from the hives (she needs to be extracted so she can start laying eggs)…

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Prior to this event, he, unfortunately, met up with an unhappy bee who found him not wearing his protective gear as above and….well…see the swollen hand on the right (it was back to normal in 24 hours)

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We collected eggs every day…

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…and even threw caution to the wind and put them all in one basket.

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We practiced target shooting and did pretty darn well!

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We also planted some tomatoes and potatoes in our garden!  We are hoping for some good luck this year.


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Mainly, though, we just enjoyed each other’s company.


Until next time…