May 172012
 

My amazing B was out tending to the desk he proposed to build for our office yesterday, so I decided to plant some flowers…

Pinwheel Flowers

Aren’t they pretty? It is really hard to find a nice blue flower, you know?

I can’t kill them and if D stomps on them or a volleyball flies at them, they just bounce right back up. Perfect!

I just wonder how long it will take to get a letter from our lovely HOA.?

PS. I haven’t resorted to ALL plastic flowers yet, I have managed to keep my plumeria, three tomato plants, ginger and dwarf myrtle alive and kicking, even through last year’s brutal summer. Cheers to this year!

PPS. I saw on Pinterest a rooting of celery, I totally tried it and mine is growing! Want to see?

Celery Rooting

 Posted by at 12:01 pm
Jan 102012
 

Time for another round in our area by Zaycon Foods, have you tried them yet?

They were in town in November and I hit them up for 40 pounds of $1.49 whole chicken breasts and let me tell you, I was shocked, surprised and SUPER happy with my decision to give them a try. The boneless skinless chicken breasts are 100% natural and come from local southern and midwest states; they are cleaned up and placed in several unsealed bags, which once reaching 40# they are placed in one gigantic sealed bag and loaded up in super heavy duty cardboard boxes. The Zaycon team is so efficient, you don’t even have to get out of you car or truck to pick up your purchases, they walk up with your order, put it where you ask and off you go to seal seal seal. I shared the cost of the chicken with my Mom, so the $59 price tag wasn’t too killer with someone to go in half. This year the chicken is $1.69/lb but it is SO worth the price!

Zaycon is coming to my neck of the woods again on my birthday! This time I want to try out the hickory smoked bacon, 30 pounds at $2.97/lb. So, $89 sounds like alot of money, especially for one product, but for great quality bacon that you would need to know your butcher to even get close to the quality and price, this is another great deal. I am looking for somebody to go in 1/2 or even 1/4 with me [e-mail me if interested], there is NO WAY I will allow my family to consume the full 30 pounds of bacon ourselves. Hah!

Check out Zaycon Foods here. I bet there is an event close to you, they are expanding their reach as the word gets out about their products.

Zaycon Foods
Thursday, January 19, 2012 [Orders must be placed by 1/14/12]
Various locations in the Houston and surrounding area [click here to find an event near you]

This weekend Urban Harvest is hosting their annual fruit tree sale at my Alma Mater, University of Houston [One of the two schools in the nation to win 13 games this season, Go Coogs!] in Robertson Stadium. They will be selling many varieties of fruit trees including pear, fig, avocado, dragon fruit and many more. Funds raised from the sales will be used in future Urban Harvest programs like classes on planting, feeding and pruning fruit trees, and supplying food kitchens with fresh produce. I suggest getting there early for the best selection, if it is anything like the orchid and plumeria shows my parents frequent, it is possible to be a crazy fun time!

Urban Harvest Annual Fruit Tree Sale
Saturday, January 14, 2012
9am – 1pm [or until sold out]
University of Houston, Robertson Stadium

 Posted by at 1:02 pm
Sep 142011
 

Cut Grass

I’ve been real lazy lately, no kidding. After Chicago, all I want to do is go to work, read a book, watch TV and be a bum. Is that so wrong?

Well, yesterday and today, my friends, my laziness has come to kick me in the booty.

See, on Monday night I was getting real smart and thought, “Hey, I wonder if I water at night, the grass will be able to soak up more moisture before the sun burns it all away.” Novel idea, right? [Really, I just didn't want to get up early enough to turn on the water and go for a run.] So, I lay down the water pretty well before we hit the hay – feeling good, the grass should be so happy!

We woke up yesterday morning and stepped out to give hugs and launch B off into the traffic nightmare that is Northwest Houston and we were SLAPPED in the face by the most disgusting smell anybody should ever have to smell so early in the morning. I think it is the onset of mildew or mold, I don’t really know, my nose will not win prizes in distinguishing smells.

The smell is still there today and it is just as bad – way to be lazy, girl. Way to be lazy.

I really just want to take a large bucket of Febreeze and douse the whole yard, maybe a Lysol disinfectant spray will work better? Ugh, it is just bad.

Do you know what the smell is and how long it might last?

Have a Wonderful Day Friends and beware of the stinky grass!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Sep 032011
 

There are these crazy birds that keep flying into our [once] sparkly clean windows… because they think they can fly through our house?

Tag! You’re It – Short Cut! BOOM!!!

And this is the carnage left on the said sparkly windows:

Bird + Window = No Bueno

B and I decided we had enough of the bird mauling and killing, so we ordered curtains, as a bird insurance policy.

Here is the Before:

Sans Window Treatments

 

And now, the After:

Room With Curtain

What a difference a couple of nice curtains make, right? [I realize I need to get the steamer out] These are the 132″ Monterey Textured Lined Grommet drapes in Mocha from CurtainWorks.com. I was a little skeptical of purchasing the curtains online because I couldn’t see and touch them first, however the reviews were very consistent with reports of looking great and high quality workmanship, so I dove in and am glad I did! I love the color, the lightly lined back and I cannot believe how much cooler the room is now – especially since this isn’t even one of our heat seeking windows!

Have you been looking for curtains lately? I would highly recommend cruising through the selection at CurtainWorks.com, you will not be disappointed. They are currently having a Friends and Family Event where all regular priced purchases will receive 30% off at checkout and FREE shipping on all purchases over $125!

Promotional Code: CWFF811

 So now, hopefully, we will have minimal bird carnage and the momma and daddy birds will be thankful. You’re welcome Mother Nature, we love you too!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Jul 142011
 

Transplant Plumeria

I received a white Plumeria from this lady, who rocks. She let me know that if I didn’t transplant it to a bigger container soon she might beat me with a wooden spoon. Nice Lady? You bet!

Eggcellent

This is how my Hot Lips Salvia and Impatiens have grown so big and strong since we planted them in the spring. An egg.

I have heard that there are many skeptics to the power of the EGG.

In my family, we do experiments. Why? Because we grew up with our Mom as a science teacher and it is just how we roll. If C ever does another science fair I will try to convince her to do this experiment rather than the effect of music on plant growth [that really happened]. Let me just show you what I know to be the difference:

Who has the egg?

You see these two VERY different groups of baby plumerias? One is with egg and one is without, can you guess which is which?

With/Without Egg

The plumerias without eggs are so puny compared to the suped-up egg plumerias. There is SUCH a big difference, I can’t believe there a nay-sayers.

Anyways, back to my plumeria, here she is but I don’t know why she insists on being crooked… I guess it’s the cool thing to do now.

My First Plumeria

This guy helped with the picture taking, as you may be able to tell. I’m allergic to stinkin’ cats and their stinkin’ dander, however, they are so cute and want me to pet them all the time. So I just talk to them like the crazy cat lady when they do come around.

Picture Helper

Do you have any interesting gardening tips that you though would never work? Have you tried the whole egg under the roots thing? I would love to hear from you about any and all gardening trials and tribulations… My thumb is slowly turning from black to green, YAY!

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