19 July 2017

Orgy at My House

Getting it onnnn... I never thought I would feature "bug sex" on my blog, but here we are.
Yep, I'm hosting an orgy for Japanese beetles.  It's been going on for WEEKS and there is no sign of it letting up.  I've done the expensive sprays and yes, they WORK, but if you live on a little suburban lot as I do, what happens is the bugs just fly in from up the street and you start over again.

 I mean, there are thousands of them.  If I had a brave and willing partner, I could film whilst someone shakes my apple tree and hundreds will fly out with an angry "bzzzt!"

 They seem to not only destroy every luscious apple on my property, but they've also eaten up every green leaf on my apple tree.  Do they want to nibble on the oak trees in my yard?  You know, the ones I wanna get rid of anyway?  NO. They're just like spoilt kids who chuck dinner in the trash and eat ice cream right out of the freezer.  And they double-dip with their drooly spoons.  They get me so mad.

What a mess.  But I'm  not alone!  Apparently just about everyone else who is growing vegetables or roses is dealing with this.  People with useless ornamental plants don't seem to be affected at all.  Stupid bugs.

03 July 2017

Love Letters From God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart

Love Letters From God:  Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart, a "lift the flap" book for littler girls, features short stories and friendly "notes" from God.  Some of the Biblical heroes include Deborah, Hannah, Naaman's servant girl and of course, Mary. This book's a little "young" for my nine-year-old, but it was so friendly-looking I picked it out anyway and of course she enjoyed it.

One of the things you'll appreciate about this book is the way it's cheerfully put together.  This isn't boring 12-point type on plain paper.  All the pages of the book are pretty similar to the cover - it really looks three-dimensional.  I would say it's about a second-grade reading level if your daughter were reading this to herself.

This is a nice, "happy" book to pass along to a child.

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29 June 2017

So This Just Happened...

So my tooth just sensed that a holiday weekend was coming up, the dentist would be closed for the most part until next Wednesday... and then it figured: let's just be all dramatic and crumple up when she eats a potato chip. OH... and let's not make it one of those "can wait until later" things. Let's expose the nerve and make life interesting, so that everyone has to drop what they're doing and pay attention to me. Diva tooth!

25 June 2017

News From My House

Patrick is off at college and except for an occasional text, I don't hear from him.  I know he doesn't want to talk to me knowing that I will pester him to get his paperwork done for fall.  The kid ran off to college and is paying IN CASH (well, check!) for his classes and all that.  You knowww he's going to run out of money very soon at this rate.  Mom and Dad are not co-signing here, kiddo.  We will pay half but we can't co-sign $70,000 or whatever two years of college plus board and books would run ya.  Nope.  Nuh-uh.  Not happening.  (Yes, I worry.)

Our new swimsuits from UV Skins.  FINALLY I have "modest" sunburn prevention for both little kids.  Lookit my apples also.  There are zillions of them up in the tree... only thing is... the squirrels have figured out they are tasty.

In other news, Elf and Emperor both got their permits about a week apart!  Oh yeah, it's busy here.  D and I have taken these kids out driving several times and I really do wish everyone would just stay home while we're out on the road.  Even in the burby area near my local park, people were tailgating us and getting all upset that we weren't speeding about.  I think half the danger is from not intimately knowing all the knobs, buttons and controls and rules of the road... and the other half is everyone else getting all impatient and acting crazy.

Rose's hair is getting long!
Woodjie and Rose are getting more serious about roller skating.  I keep trying to take photos to show you but somehow the light is super crappy.  Anyway, we hope to compete (as in, with outfits and entry fees and everything) in October at some place about three hours away.  Going to be interesting.  TMI but I have learnt how a "cup" works now.  Basically?  It is spandex shorts now with a little envelope, you slide the plastic cup down the front and "adjust."  Now you know how it works, too - you are welcome.

18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Long Island City, Queens, 1950.  My father is the twin on the right.  He remembers the hats as being yellow.  One great/ hard thing about being a twin in the Barron family was that they had to dress exactly alike until they were something like 13.  When one child got dirty, they were both required to change. 

13 June 2017

Missouri Representative Mike Moon Chops up Live Chicken, Internet Freaks Out

Ok, so Representative Moon posted a video on facebook of him ripping a chicken's head off while he introduced a proposed bill.  Hey, at least he is killing his chicken for food.  With abortion, there is no excuse.  I get his point.  But it doesn't seem to me to lend any proposed bill the serious consideration it deserves.

I read the article in the Kansas City Star and saw the video.  I guess I was waiting for something more shocking to happen.  One of our blog friends posted a "how to prepare a chicken" series several years back - perhaps you remember it.  She'd raise chickens from egghood and after a good life, it was time to prepare them as food at maturity.  There was a set method to it and it was reasonably quick and humane.

Mind you, she didn't ramble about abortion on in her post, dig in around the innards, yank out chickie's heart and proclaim she's gonna get to the "heart of the matter" or anything like that.  Yeewhh.

I do find it interesting, however, that there are some people on the newspaper's facebook page more shocked about the killing of this chicken than they are about factory farming or even actual abortion.  Those people need to get out more.

04 June 2017

Trying a New Telephone

Patrick was not going to take the extra flip phone I had on hand with him to college.   He doesn't want to be responsible for it.  It might get lost or stolen.  Or whatever.  I was pretty frantic about it.  This isn't 1978 - it isn't as though you can find a pay phone around every corner.  What if something happened?  There would be no way to get in touch with him.

Patrick wasn't worried about it.  D didn't care - he figured he'll just borrow a phone from a friend.  I'm thinking by that line of reasoning, let's send him off with no tuition money or food.  Friends can help out!  Maybe he can just live in a tent on the campus lawn and save dorm costs, too!  Sigh.

Ok, so what if something happened to you or you needed help?  How would I know?  Well, he reasoned, you would recognise my dead body on the news, right?

Way to make poor old Mom feel ok about sending you off to school, tell ya what.  Thanks for that.  Please just take the phone.  Ughh... finally he agreed just to bring it and leave it in his dorm room.  At least if there were some emergency I would be able to get in touch with him at some point.  Maybe.

Our current phone plan allows for three cell phones, which means that with me, D and Patrick each taking a phone, the teens would have no way to contact me if I dropped them off somewhere.  To get another (crappy, no texting or internet) phone we'd have to buy some clonky thing and pay $200/ month.  Ehm... no.  I've signed up with Cricket so now we have five phones for $100/ month.  And I got the phones free. 

But they're new phones.  We don't really know how to use them.  They take photographs and give you the weather forecast. One can even text and (presumably) take nude selfies to send to all of one's friends or random strangers perhaps.

If you do get some odd message with no boobs or butt photo attached, you know it's the newbie here on the texting machine.  Wish me luck!