Friday, July 27, 2012

Dog Days of summer.....

My grandmother always called this particular time of summer the Dog Days. I don't know the origin of that but it fits sometimes. There are usually a lot of flies around at that time.

Yesterday I got this email, while not having a particular fly problem (wasps maybe) I like to try off-the-wall, bizarre stuff. This is probably not new to any of you but I miss out on lots of good stuff. Maybe I will have to entice some flies to my place to see if it works.

ZIP LOCK BAG - Good tip!

We went with friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast and sat in the patio section beside the house. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! Ms. Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!

Zip-lock water bags
Ann Says:
I tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend.. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

Danielle Martin Says:

Fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

Well, let me know if you try it, it's a project that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, unless you are a fly. Love from Michigan.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

My Skillet Garden....

Life after fried chicken for these two skillets. Speaking of chicken, PJ made us some bar-b-que on the grill and used "Sticky Fingers" sauce. It was really good.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Real Mail.....

It's a treat to get something in the mail from people you love. Yesterday it was a sweet thank-you from my grandson, Tyler and a recipe from Maureen, my friend in Metropolis Illinois.

In case you want to bake on this 100 degree day, here's the recipe that she makes for her grandson and his boss and co-workers. She doesn't have a computer but she really needs to be warned that she is going to have men following her all over town if she keeps baking for them. (They may be already doing that.)

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 cup flour 1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. baking powder 1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teas. salt 1/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup sugar 1 and 3/4 cup hot water
2 Tbsp. melted butter 2 Tbsp. cocoa

Mix and sift flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and 2 T. cocoa. Blend in butter and milk. spread batter in 9 x 9 pan. Mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa and sprinkle over batter. Carefully pour hot water over batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 9 servings (what a joke).

I (Maureen) double it and bake 1 hour. Hope you like it. It's not pretty. I never could make a pretty cake. I buy them!

Love Maureen.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Petite Monarda...

My Mother moved to Michigan in the late eighties, and living out in the country, never before had had an opportunity to "trash pick" like we do here in the city. She found this old chair and we have given it the opportunity to grace our garden since then. The chair is getting old but a prop here and there keeps it looking good. I miss her, there was never a dull moment.

And the lilac flower is petite monarda which PJ gave me. It stays really short and bushy and doesn't mildew; it will bloom for quite a while, longer than the tall monarda. The white flowers are coneflowers. No complaint with them either, just wish they would spread so I could share them. Only pink coneflowers do that.

I hope my neighbors have finished with their fireworks. It has been like a war-zone here. I hate to be the neighborhood scrooge but they were so loud I couldn't watch JR on Dallas last night. Happy Thursday that seems like Monday.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Thanks everyone for the good wishes of Independence Day. If you go here you could revisit John Michael's Pledge of Allegiance in case you missed it.

My greatest wish on this July Fourth is that this country will always be to our children, what it has been to us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Too late for me...

Knowing my kids, it wouldn't have worked anyway. I found this on Facebook from a grade-school classmate, Carolyn. Maybe it would work for you though.

We had rain ..all night and still this morning...the grass and garden are singing praises! Happy Tuesday.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Larkspur and Silvery Fir Tomatoes....

Larkspur is the easiest flower I know of. I save the seed and scatter in the very early spring and that's it. It will soon be going in this hot weather but this clump is getting afternoon shade.

Silvery Fir tomato from seed by Botanical Interests. This is three plants, the foliage is very nice and we will see how the tomatoes are. There are lots of green ones. It looks nice enough to be among the flowers.