A typical Thursday night?

Going to Michaels and seeing pumpkins on display?!!? I stress this because it is JULY!!!! JULY!!! JULY!!!

finishing Season 2 of Big Love from Netflix?

starting episodes of the French Chef? Ah I love Julia Child!

attacking slugs that are destroying your plants?

I wonder what tomorrow night brings…

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Time flies by

I can’t believe it has been a year since our last visits to New Hampshire and Maine. I am afraid we won’t make it to Deer Isle this summer but we have our NH trip scheduled for two weeks from now.  Last year’s attempts at kayaking on the Saco River were foiled by too much rain (made the river too fast) so this year we figure not to even try since we have had the wettest June on Record here and July has not been so great either. So we are sticking to kayaking on a lake in the White Mountains. It will give me the perfect chance to take some great pictures… for scrapbooking. Big surprise there.

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Anyone in the White Mountains should see The Flume Gorge and go on the Kancamagus Highway. The Kanc is 32 miles of winding road through the White Mountain Natioanl Forest. A must see in the fall! 

Or take a trip to Deer Isle when in Maine. Its sorta in the middle of no-where but it is just amazing. We specifically stay on Sunshine. How can you not enjoying a relaxing time on a place called Sunshine?  Plus it is where Price’s mom grew up so it is fun to hear all her stories about life growing up there.

Trash to Treasure

When in Deer Isle head over to Nervous Nellies Jams and Jellies. They have the best jams and jellies! Last year we stocked up and got a case. Their Hot Pepper Jellie is just fantastic! In addition to the jellies you can check out Peter Beerits‘ sculptures on the property. You have not been to Deer Isle until you have seen a dragon made out of ‘junk’.

 

Supplies:

‘The Flume’ Page- Stampin’ Up! Paper, felt flowers, and brads

‘1 Man’s Trash’ Page- Stampin Up! Paper, HamblyStamped Alphabet rub-ons, Halfway Cafe Diecuts from Cosmo Cricut, and Glitter Mist from Tattered Angels

Victory is mine!!!

I had slug problems last year but this year has been horrible! Last year they destroyed my string beans and did some damage to my hostas. Since I could not deal with them again I figured I would skip the beans this year, assuming that was attracting them to the yard. I was wrong.  Without the beans this year they attacked my hostas will full force. Plus they decided to go after ther bird suet that we hung from of of the trees. Yes, they moved on from foliage to deer fat.

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Well I kept a box of salt by our door last year and was pretty aggresive  with my Morton’s assault. This year I knew I had to try a new approach…. Beer. While Price and I were sitting outside last night- he smoking a cigar and me getting eating alive we remembered to put a bowl of beer out to teach those slugs a lesson. So we dug a bit and put the bowl in the ground and filled it half way with some Bud Light.

So this morning I fought my addiction to watch the news and went outside to water the sunflowers I planted out front a week and a half ago and see if the beer trap worked… Victory! There were about a dozen plump slugs that died from alcohol poisoning. Sweet. Sorry critters, I just enjoy hostas more than you.

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Also on the plus side- my tomatoes are doing well. I should be able to start to pick my yellow pear tomatoes in about a week or so.

PS- the buns enjoyed the beet greens that I gave them last night.

procrastination and a beet salad

Unit 2 for my World Religion summer class is due on Wednesday by 9am. Since I love to procrastinate, I decided I would put off reading Chapters 4-7 (pgs 154 thru 316) until the weekend before. I admit this is not a smart idea and yet I did the same thing for the first unit. Maybe I will learn, one day. Well I spent Sunday outside getting sun, drinking some beer, and reading.

I got 6 out of 9 discussion responses submitted to the discussion boards last night so that left the remaining 3 for Monday and Tuesday night. Not bad, not bad. So I moved along with my plans for a haircut and to run over to Shaws to get some food for the week… lots of bunny veggies, stuff for gazpacho, and enough chocolate for cupcakes that I will be making later this week.

So all this lead to tonight’s running around and a great dinner. Price (yay! he got back Sunday afternoon!) and I had some pulled BBQ chicken, had some mac and cheese I made on Sunday night, corn on the grill, and beet salad! I got a bunch of beets at the Government Center Farmer’s Market (Mon & Wed) for $2.30! I admit that I had never had a beet before, or at least don’t remember it.

Well, the beets were really good and really easy to prepare. Boil them for a long time, drain, cool, rub skin off, slice. Simple. I used my mandolin for even slices. I threw them into a salad with some red leaf lettuce, red onion, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture….too distracted with getting everything ready and anticipation for another Big Love episode. Can’t get enough of that show.

Out of Africa

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Yesterdays trip to the zoo was interesting. I had not been to the Franklin Park Zoo in a few years and the last time I went I was chasing after an 18 month old so I was not really take it in. Emily and I decided to go since there has been a big stink lately about the economy hitting the zoo’s state funding. The zoo director played dirty by going public and crying out about the drastic cut in budget by saying the zoo might have to close and as a result euthanize animals. Needless to say, Governor Patrick has been attacked for putting the zoo in such as hard place and the zoo has been chastised for saying it would euthanize animals. (Lineham did come back and say that he was incorrect about euthanizing the animals).

Well, we took this as an opportunity to fork over $13 each to visit the struggling zoo. I use struggling nicely. As a designer, it was really hard to embrace a place that uses laminated sheets of paper tacked up to posts telling people that the Andean Condor saying that the bird was born in the 50’s and acquired by the zoo in the early 90’s (I forgot the exact dates). A zoo is an education place that is to teach everyone about the animals. Did you know that the condor is the largest flying land bird in the Western Hemisphere? No? Well, you would not have known that about the condor going to the zoo for it was not posted on the 1 sign of info about them (I looked it up the the nifty Internet).

I know that I am being really harsh about the zoo and its appearance now, especially when it is facing budget cuts. It just makes me wonder if others even notice what the zoo is lacking or they just view it as a place for them to take their kids to kill a few hours on a Saturday morning? Thoughts?

Enough ranting…

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They had quite a few zebras that were in two parts of the zoo. I love their short manes…. mohawks!

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We did get to see the lion quite a bit and even hear him roar. He sounded more like the cowardly lion than the ling of the jungle. Still really cute. Check out my video.

 

Moving along the ill-marked paths we came across two hornbills. We watched them for awhile and one became so comfortable with us there that he? dug up a chunk of dirt and grass, walked over to the enclosure fence and put it down to give to us. Well give in the sense that we were still two feet away from it. Then it stuck its beak out of the fence as far as it could and sat there for awhile watching us.

We also saw flamingos, kangaroos, a tiger, giraffes, butterflies, and more.

Post zoo visit we walked back to my house- 5.5 miles. Sweet.

All in all I know I will go back but I just hope that they get the funding they deserve and outfit the zoo to properly house their animals and educate the public.

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