A project in mind. Great for an emergency.
I have an old canning rack that for some reason does not
fit my two water bath canners, both of which do have racks.
I was going to get rid of it until I saw this chandelier.
The lights look like led Christmas-type lights.
I have several sets of 12 that are battery operated. I suppose
if the lights went out, a person could use the only canning rack
from the only water bath canner she owned. I just happen to
have an extra rack. The chains hooked to the rack should be easy.
When I put lights in my yard and the trees, I
never attempt to have uniform lights. It pleases
me to have several unusual light sources or light holders.
I cannot make the photo larger because it just gets
wider and flatter. I copied the photo, put it in Word
and could enlarge it there. Those are not rope lights, only led lights
There is a new line of Ball jars that are blue.
Clear jars and candles could be substituted.
It appears new blue Ball jars is what is used in the photo.
Have you seen one of these lights in use?
Do you light your yard for parties?
Or, your patio or balcony?
What is your favorite type of lighting for outdoors?
Anything funky and homemade? I am dying to hear.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thelma on left; Lucy on right
Blurry, I know!
Do I have to pay for expert advise? Here is the question with background. Why would a chicken approach another and peck the beak?
Background to this picture:
I put the two chicks out in the grass. They finally started cheeping and pecking. Lucy ran faster than Thelma to inspect them. Lucy got much closer than Thelma. Finally, Thelma just walked away with a few clucks. Lucy walked closer to the chicks. Finally, Lucy ran to Thelma who was standing and waiting. Finally, Thelma and Lucy ran toward each other. Then, Lucy stood very still while Thelma pecked the very end of her beak. Thelma pecked from different directions but was always pecking very gently on the tip of the beak.
You can see Thelma is stretching to reach Lucy. Lucy is submitting but pulling back.
Here's what I think was happening. I think Thelma is Alpha hen. Thelma was telling Lucy to come. When Lucy did not, Thelma admonished Lucy closely and made her submit to beak pecking.
What do you think is happening?
$22,500,000.00 in my bank"Hang Seng Bank",Hong kong.
I wish to make a transfer of the $22,500,000.00 .I do solicit for you assistance in effecting this transaction.I intend to give you 30% of the total
funds as compensation for your assistance.
Should you be interested please send me an email on my private email(email@example.com)
1. Full names
2. Private phone number
3. Current residential address
I just read this to exbf. He said I should give and African sounding name and an address in Nigeria.
These emails are annoying. Yesterday, a caller rushed through his script about a private matter and said very quickly, "Now, if you will just give me your social, we can take care of this."
Are you fed up with the emails offering to "share" millions with you. Do you get callers who think you will turn over personal information. I am on the no call list.
Monday, May 20, 2013
|bananas for jam|
The bananas were very ripe. I mixed this up the jam mixture and it sat four days in the refrigerator before I made jam. Every day, I would sample a little in a bowl. Otherwise, I would have had more jam.
|stored waaay up high|
The jars are stored in the laundry room over the dryer. Actually, if I stand facing the dryer, the view I see above place the cabinet to the left of me and not exactly over the dryer, just a bit of the side of the side of the dryer. When I was younger, I would stand in front of the dryer, put one hand on the dryer top, and just jump up to sit on the dryer. Lately, I get exbf to spot for me as I stand on a stool and struggle to get on the dryer, pushing my fat behind up and onto the dryer and usually making myself hurt. Tonight, I was brave and got on the stool and then the dryer without someone spotting in case I tipped off or dropped something on my noggin. I survived.
These are the only canning jars stored in the laundry room. The packages are small, so it seems this is a good place to stuff them one at a time. I really don't think it is a good idea for me to try to get a box of 12 quarts over my head and into the shelf as I balance on the dryer.
The jam was based off this recipe. It was on Little House in the Big Woods, penned by Wendy. Her boys said it was too sweet, but I believe this jam would make a good filling or could be used over ice cream. A little does go a long way.
When I took the jars from the pot, I was rewarded with two pings of lids before I could get all five on the counter. There is leftover jam, a tad short of 4 oz. so when it cools or maybe tomorrow, I will taste test the finished product.
Taste test: I did open one jar today and test it for firmness and taste. It is great! Now, if I can just figure out what I did with the recipe I used, not the one on the internet, just based off the internet recipe.
Have you ever made banana jam? Or, banana-pineapple jam? Does it sound delicious to you?
Sunday, May 19, 2013
hens are standing absolutely still
Hens provide lots of good, clean, cheap fun. I was cutting turnips from the bed at the right, the pink one, was uncovered. Since I had to go inside for my camera and did not want the hens playing in my turnips, I asked exbf to stay close and guard the bed as he worked. He decided to sit. When I came out, the hens were motionless as was he. He said they ran over and just stopped. He thought they wanted the turnips.
See the yellow rake on the far right? They are terrified of the yellow rake. One day, I was walking along, dragging the rake as I walked. I overcame the original four hens I had as they walked ahead of me and to the left. As the yellow rake came past them, the head of the rake swished past just behind them. Other than the Devil Dog and raccoon encounters, I have never seen them so frightened. Now, Thelma, one of the original four, has taught Lucy to be afraid of the yellow-handled rake.
I use a pink-painted broom handle to herd them. They will not come near it and go where I guide them.
Chickens are funny and afraid of everything. But, consider this: maybe one of these stiff, colored objects will fall to the ground and writhe toward them. They were afraid of long strings of banana peels when they were less than a week old. Chickens don't like snakes at all! So, any long thing must be dangerous. Makes sense to me.
Chickens are a money saver, a promoter of parsimony. You see, I could be spending money for entertainment. I don't because I have resident chickens for amusement. Some of these encounters with chickens are quite the philosophical exercise. I stand in no danger of becoming a cat lady. I will be the chicken lady, minus a house full of chickens.
This picture was taken about two months ago when the St. Augustine grass was still crunchy.
Do you enjoy watching chickens as much as I? What do your chickens fear?
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
The privet originates far to the left of this picture above. As the branches reach the hickory tree, they bend. I like the area it forms underneath. It makes me too miserable to sit there even though others do sit in the chairs. Actually, even an open window exposes me to the pollen.
You can learn more about privet.
Pretty and more pleasant
self seeded or regrew
Early in the spring, I noticed green in this hanging basket. It had such a thick stem that it appeared the plant was re growing after the winter. I knew the Wave Petunia would reseed. Last year, I bought some distressed Wave Petunias and they flourished after a little care. Now, I have another stressed petunia that I will plant here with the leftover ones you see here. It appears on each of the pink and white made it through the winter and the other reseeded.
I am sure I could have a better picture, but I was standing on a pile of rocks.
Does anyone have these privets in your yard? Are you allergic? Do your or your children have asthma, problems with lungs, or eczema? Do you suspect your problems are caused or exacerbated by this invasive pest?