To Hobby Lobby I went, to purchase some Wreath Swag, lol:
Last year, June 2013-Click Here, I did a post about car vent clips and how I also use them inside my home. WELL!!! Febreze came out with car clips too, and they are AWESOME!!!
First, I purchased the Aloha Hawaiian. Oh and did it work, it worked so well that I had too remove it my car and take a little break from Hawaii. It was too flowery/perfumey for me. So I just put that puppy in the bathroom vent and voilà. My bathroom smells pretty good for a bathroom.
I then needed a replacement for my driving-mobile, this time I went with Greek Seaside. This is more my style, it just smells clean. And these little guys last for definitely 30 days as advertised. There are 3 settings, Setting #1 is ENOUGH! They are a new Rave and Favorite :) They range in price, $3.50-$4.85, but Target had them on sale for $3.00, very good deal and they do work better than the clips I’ve used in the past.
The Next Food Network Star is back, so exciting! This is like Survivor meets the Kitchen- from personal chefs to Manhattan top level badasses to home cooks, they are all sharing their stories while competing to have their own show on the network. While watching this season’s premier, during the introductions, I noticed it’s the same people! I mean different competitors but the same 12 personalities as previous seasons. Here’s what I mean:
- lady who shows all her talents, all but her cooking talent, probably a younger white woman
- very enthusiastic black woman, I want to lick her food through the tv!
- super gay guy, not the best speaking talent, hit or miss with his foods, but a favorite contestant
- lady who looks like she walked off the set of a 50s pin up shoot
- attractive male we start out liking, but can not wait for him to be eliminated
- farm girl who prefers fresh organic foods, to bad she turns them into flavorless bland meals the judges end up hating
- Asian guy that is the best chef, should win but probably won’t
- BBQ extraordinaire / country boy ’til the end
- foreign accent guy who’s quite easy on the eyes
- in earlier seasons there’s a geeky fella, he is replaced by a hipster in later seasons
- calm woman with a hidden personality that makes it to the finals
- guy who loses 100+lbs and is here to tell his story and cook some healthy food
We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see if anyone breaks stride! And yes, this is not one of my usual topics. But it made me giggle thinking about it, happy smiles!
Ugh! While trying to set up my July Calendar, I finally realized that my dry erase board had, well had it. Normally I only use Windex and paper towels, but it was past that. So I got out my Green Scrub Pad and figured “this was either going to work or destroy my board” BUT I needed a new one anyway so what the Hell right!
It worked!!! And the scrubbing didn’t destroy my board. I even scribbled on it and erased to double check before posting. WIN!!!
I’m a NEWCOMER to gardening. Even though this is a ‘just starting out’ hobby for me, I have learned quite a lot!
Last year I started by making my garden area; outlining and edging with cinder blocks (thinking this would keep out the rabbits and my puppy, it did not!) What to plant? My daughter wanted to grow the entire produce section but we settled on beans, watermelon, corn, and cantaloupe. Due to overcrowding… yea the House of Cox would have starved if we were relying on ourselves for survival! It was fun and a nice learning experience.
Toward the end of the season, I started weeding out the dying ‘crop’ and added Hostas (end of season sale $4/pc) on the shady side near the barn and cut out the now done corn stalks. This front corner is where I planted a $3 Dark Red Chrysanthemum (early season sale). Also, for the sunny side of the barn I dug up some Iris and Lilies from the middle of our backyard (put there by the previous home owners for some crazy unknown reason). I thought if I could relocate them they would survive, and not run the chance of being mowed over.
Then the coldest winter in 30 years hit. Like everyone in the Midwest we experienced -18°F with wind chills in the -30°Fs. I for sure thought my plants weren’t coming back :(
UPDATE June 2014:
* The Hostas have come back and grown nearly 3 times the size they were last year.
* Dark Red Mum has also grown significantly. She started as a little, maybe 6in diameter, to now nearly 24in bush sized beauty!
* Iris and Lily mix had filled in and grown nicely, they also bloomed this year. Amazing colors purple, white, and yellow; when I dug them up I had no idea what colors they were. Couldn’t have planned this perfect assortment :)
So what have I learned…
Hardy Perennials are the way to go!!! I will be adding more Mums on the side of our newly poured patio in hopes of filling in the gap between the concrete and our neighbors wooden fence line. We recovered and replaced our porch, damaged sustained by Good Friday Tornado and baseball sized hailstorm the following year. We’ve started some hanging baskets with Lavender seedlings, they seem like they are going to take well. The plan is to keep them protected, bring them inside for the winter, them plant them next season. Fingers crossed! The kiddo wanted to plant Sunflowers so we did. And lastly, one of our local dollar stores is closing and included in their ‘closing inventory’ were Gladiolus bulbs, those little suckers are about 8 inches tall and are just as happy as can be, great and lucky find!
I’ll give an update this Fall, see ya!
From time to time, people who don’t have big dogs will get in touch with Jade Rouzeau to see about renting her newly remodeled Florida home. “And I politely turn them away,” she says. “Oh boy, I am pretty passionate about this.” Rouzeau, a lawyer and real estate agent, and her husband Greg are long-time pit bull advocates who founded a rescue group dedicated to helping heartworm-positive shelter dogs. Their property is for rent because Greg, who is active duty in the Navy, was transfered to Norfolk, Virginia.
The house is located in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood, which Rouzeau promises is “a quick few minutes” to many shops and great restaurants and about 15-20 minutes to downtown and the Naval Air Station. It’s a one-level ranch, with three bedrooms, two baths, a big garage, new stainless steel appliances, a screened-in porch and a “fenced back yard with plenty of morning sun for dogs who love to sunbathe,” she says. And if you want the house, with the new stainless appliances, you’ve got to have those sunbathing dogs — though there are some breed restrictions.
“One or more of your dogs must be on the so-called ‘aggressive’ breed list,” says Rouzeau, meaning pit bulls, huskies, Rottweilers, or any of the other dogs that landlords tend not to welcome, or even allow, into their rentals. (If they allow pets at all — Homes.com recently found that, nationwide, only 12 percent of rentals are listed as pet-friendly; in Florida, that number is even lower.)
You might ask why a landlord would have such an unusual requirement. But if you do ask why, chances are you’re not the renter Rouzeau — who currently owns pitties Blanche, named after the Golden Girl, and Maccabee, named for the Hanukkah story celebrating triumph against all odds — has in mind, anyway. “Big dogs are great because, well, if you have one, you’d know,” she says. “My husband and I, and many large-dog owners, understand firsthand the anxiety and sleepless nights involved with trying to find a place to live that will accept us with our dogs. We were lucky to find a home to rent in our new city. So many families are not as lucky.”
The house is available beginning August 1, when the current tenants — and their husky and pit — will have moved out. In addition to owning very big dogs, preferably pit bulls, the new tenants should be “good-natured, friendly and responsible people” who will love the 1,900 square foot home as if it were their own.
Rouzeau says their dream renters will also undoubtedly adore the subdivision, which is full of people who have come to embrace big dogs after getting to know Rouzeau’s block-headed goofballs — whose only flaw, and really, it’s a pretty minor one, is a regrettable enthusiasm for eating goose poop.
The Craigslist ad for this rental just went up this week. As of now, the listing is still available, but Rouzeau says she doesn’t expect it to last.
“Our experience is that once the word gets out, we are contacted by people who are downtrodden and have been searching for months,” she says. “They have been rejected so many times that you can hear in their voices that our requirements sound almost too good to be true.”
*Thank you The Huffington Post | By Arin Greenwood