Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Squirrel-Proofed Our Jack-O-Lanterns


We've lost six or so pumpkins (that we grew ourselves!) on our front porch to critters this year and after the girls had carved their pumpkins last night, I figured we had to find a way to make them last until Friday.

First....I filled a spray bottle with bleach and hit every 'cut' surface.  We'll see if that does anything to stop the mold?

Then...as you can see...I took out a little bit of fencing and wrapped them up.  You can't eat what you can't get to, right?

Come and try me, squirrels.  I dare you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So Long, Leonard's. We Hardly Knew You...


Another loss in Downtown Elmhurst as Leonard's Fine Mens Clothing store is 'quitting business forever'.

Have to admit that I've never stepped foot in the place, so I'll take some of the blame, but this is another open storefront in the City Center and one less reason for some folks to head down there.  Sad for the business.  Sad for Elmhurst.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yes...We Got The Swagger Wagon



I'm going to be an adult about this vehichle stuff and take this thing head on.

Live in the suburbs.  Check.

Have three (gasp!) kids.  Check.

Go to bed before 9 pm.  Check.

Got the swagger wagon?  Check!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Biggest Pumpkin I've Ever Grown


I've tried growing pumpkins for a few years and either mold or critters ruin the fun.  This year, I saw a few promising 'fruits' that had blossomed and I decided to try to keep the critters away with some fencing.  This is the biggest pumpkin that I've ever grown that doesn't have a single nick in it from squirrel teeth.

Gnome for size reference...

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Year's Halloween Witch: 2014


Like in year's past, this year we tried another water putty witch.  Here's the mold we used in 2012.

This years is smaller, but has her riding on her broom.  The Babe is going to get busy painting this gal over the weekend when we have other things we need to attend to!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gasp! The Stow-n-Gow Family Might Be Arriving In Elmhurst?


Who would have thought that we might end up with a van?!?

We went looking at vans over the weekend and we've narrowed it down to between the Sienna and the Odyssey.  I'm leaning towards the Swagger Wagon.  We'll see if we can make a deal!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pumpkins Going Nuts - 2014


We may have created a bit of a problem by planting so many different varieties of pumpkin seeds.  With this cool, wet weather, they're thriving.  Still hoping for a giant jack-o-lantern for October.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Marinated and Maranated: Which Is Better?


Hard to believe that the printers up in Coloma for the Friendly Tavern got it right once, but then just a few inches away, they messed up, isn't it?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Small Morning Berry Harvest - 2014


We've been picking one or two strawberries off our little plants almost every other day the past few weeks.  This morning, I went out and peeked at the blueberry plant and it had some ripe ones that came off the branch so easily.

I planted this bush just about a year ago and it started to pay off in this small amount this year.  I had to put a small fence around the bush as it kept getting eaten by rabbits (the bush) and that was causing it some stress.  The berries last year were all picked away by birds, so this year the fence helped big time.
Nat wants more, so I'm going to see if I can find another few bushes and plant them - permanently - in the garden.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pole Beans Coming Up - 2014


Planted a set of heirloom beans in a different spot this year in an attempt to rotate the crops a bit.  After the birds picked away a half dozen or so of the seeds, these seedlings emerged and are on their way to grow up that trellis net.
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