Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow January 2018

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Alligators, Walmart, and New Year

I know - that's quite a title for one post but I have a lot to say tonight. 
Alligators - let's do that first.  If you haven't heard yet, alligators stick their snouts out of the water at just the right time to keep from freezing in North Carolina.  Yes, it's true - - well, I hope that works but anyhow Shallottee River Swamp Park posted a follow up to the original video that shows the alligators sun-bathing in brisk 62-degree temps.  All the 12 alligators and baby survived our deep freeze but they are still hibernating (a state called brumation) which can make them irritable - well, the weather made me irritable too!
Now on to the Walmart - I went to the WallyWorld three days in a row - OMG - and I have been a couple times since and it's only the 12th of January . . .  Holy Batman . . . is this a sign of my year to come!  Yikes!!!!!!!!!!  But Walmart released a list of 2017's top-selling items on and mayonnaise was the big seller in North Carolina (it must have been Dukes Mayonnaise).  Among the other top items in the state:  electric knives.
I don't know what that says about us.
So the New Year - enough about going to Walmart, a funeral (never ever how you want to start the New Year), and MAJOR plumbing expenses --- but with that came fun times with the grandchildren, time with my daughters, quilting with Pat and Sally and help/advice from my good friends Judy and Donald (what in the world would I do without them) - so all in all, even with the bad came much good.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Beehive Eye Candy

It's bitterly cold and they're saying it will snow later today/tonight.  So a little "eye candy" today.
Martha Stewart Hives

Internet land has so many pictures, stories and "how to" - it's amazing.  I always find something to look at and whittle away more of my day.  Beehives, gardens, quilts - well, the list is endless.
Enjoy your day and stay warm.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Baby It's COLD Outside!

Yep, we're having a little cold spell here.  It's about nine o'clock (morning time) and the real feel outside is 19 degrees.  Yikes . . .  that's really cold for the locals - now those Yankee folks that have moved in down here can say what they want but in a couple of years, they'll be cold too. Tomorrow will be in the 40's so it'll be a heat wave compared to what we've been having with temps predicted below freezing at night for the next week. 
I have stopped heating my little greenhouse.  I've brought all the plants inside that I definitely want to overwinter.  The others will probably freeze but I can buy new plants cheaper than trying to keep them alive.
Pencil Cactus Cuttings

All the birdbaths have water but it's frozen and I can put water out but it freezes immediately.  So I've decided to buy another heated dog water bowl and put outside for the birds.  The one in the chicken house is great and I enjoy the birds in the yard.
Well now the weather folks are saying "mostly cloudy with flurries" (47% chance so we'll probably have a blizzard).  And it's warmed up 23 degrees now.
The chickens are out but they're crazy - Little Kitty and Lily are nice and snug in the house with me.  Stay inside and keep warm.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dinner by Candlelight

The Little Chitlins (my grandkids) came for overnight on Friday.  We have great fun along with extreme exhaustion for me!  Lily has to go to the "doggy hotel" since she is not kid friendly.  And Little Kitty is terrified of them - lots of noise!!!
Anyhow, my friend Judy said when her granddaughters come, they have candlelight dinners.  What a great idea - how fun would that be!  So that's what we did - they got to strike the match, light the candles and blow them out when finished with supper.  And these are brass candle holders that I have had for a lifetime I think.  They will keep the same ones - small, medium and large and we will use them forever.  It was such a fun thing and so exciting to play with fire - we will do it all the time now. 
And speaking of "supper" - when I was growing up - we had breakfast, dinner and supper.  We didn't have lunch and then dinner - oh well, times change.  But I still call it supper on occasion.  And we do the "Mabel, Mabel, elbows on the table!"
And when they come again, we will roast marshmallows outside with a real fire.  The weather outside was frightful, inside was so delightful, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  (it actually did snow)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Trivia

In the News and Observer today (which I still get delivered to my door every day), there was an editorial about Thanksgiving. Since I looked at the answers at the bottom, I'll give the answers with the questions.
How long was the first Thanksgiving feast?  3 days
What was the name of the Native American leader of the Wampanaog Indian tribe who forged an alliance with the English settlers and attended the first Thanksgiving feast with 90 of his men?  Massasoit
What was the name of the first ship on which the Pilgrims originally sailed? Speedwell (the Speedwell was taking on water so the passengers and crew transferred to the Mayflower)
What was the year of America's first Thanksgiving as designated by the federal government?  1789 by George Washington
Which president made it a national holiday? Abraham Lincoln
And Abraham Lincoln was the first president to pardon a turkey at the urging of his son who had taken a liking to the bird and given it the name "Tom".
Well now you know - there were several other questions but enough of a good thing.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two for One

Well some days are just more productive than others. 
I finally caught one of those pesky mouses last night.  Yes, another one bites the dust.  And just when I thought everything was fine, I found/saw a dead possum in the garage.  Don't know the story behind that but thank goodness I found it before it got "ripe" if you know what I mean!
Now on to my boring life - Lily and I did not go for a walk (we had to stay at home to make sure David did not fall off the ladder cleaning the gutters), used the last of my gift card (thank you as they say Daughter #2) for another hair do, and moved stuff around getting the tree up and all that rot.
And now I'm having a glass of wine with some Boursin Cheese (Garlic and Fine Herbs) and Ritz crackers (my favorite).
And no photo - nobody wants to see dead mouses and possums and Ritz crackers. 
More later . . . .