Ready

Mr. Aitch and I cleared most of the leaves out from the front flower beds on Saturday. 

If you look closely, you can see the silvery icicle garland strung across the railings to keep the birds from roosting and pooping there.

After looking at the pictures, it doesn’t seem like we did such a great job getting all those leaves out!

Those round “grates” above should keep my Balloon flowers from falling over.  I have a third plant farther back that hasn’t started to emerge yet so I’ll need to buy another one of those supports.  I should have taken some “before” pictures but when I thought about it, it was too late to get my camera.

I need to put some layers of newspaper down on the bare ground to keep the weeds from getting a stronghold before the tomato plants go in.  Yes, we plant vegetables in our front flower beds.  It gets the best sun plus that area has the best soil since it’s a raised bed.  Our property is mostly shale.  We had to truck in topsoil just to get the grass to grow. 

Oops!  We forgot to do this side of the house.  Maybe we’ll tackle that project today.

Yay! My lilac is starting to bloom!

 

Me vs the robins

Part 2 of the robin saga.

So far the lion didn’t work.  Nor the fluorescent marker idea from some other websites.  Nor the picture of a cat.

Dirty birds!  They sit on the railing and attack their reflection through the screens.  Then they sit on the railings and poop then start all over again.

Waxed paper on the outside of the outside of the windows seems to work…until it rains.  Our front porch is covered so the waxed paper was still good but…

…not so much on the back window.

I went to our tiny town post office and decided to stop at one of the “dollar’ stores looking for mylar pinwheels to stick in some styrofoam in front of the big window in the back of our house.  No pinwheels but they did have a rubber snake and mylar balloons.

I scrubbed the back of the house and window sill before I placed my new friend there.  You can see the striped and patterned pillows in the window.  I was hoping they would be enough of a distraction to keep the birds from attacking the window.  Didn’t work.

Will this $2 trick work?  I hope so!

Adding to the stash

When I ordered the yarn for my BFF’s Kindness shawl, I also ordered a few more fingering weight skeins of Knit Picks yarn*.  Because you know, free shipping and all.

Plus it was on sale!!!

My friend wanted this color of Knit Picks Chroma Twist Fingering yarn (Confetti):

So to round out my order I also got some Thunderhead Stroll Tonal:

Inverness Stroll Tonal:

They look good together.

And more of the Chroma Twist Fingering in Weather Vane (2), Red Velvet, and Surf’s Up:

That should be enough to keep me satisfied until May 6.  I’m headed to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

* I am not affiliated with Knit Picks and received no compensation for this posting.

 

 

Once upon a time…

…there was an overconfident knitter.

She decided to knit a shawl for one of her closest friends.  This overconfident knitter thought that she would get this beauty off the needles within two weeks as that was how long it took her to knit the first one using the same pattern.

The overconfident knitter said to herself’ “Lifelines?  I don’t need no stinkin’ lifelines!”

So she knit on the shawl with complete abandon not even giving a lifeline another thought.

Alas, the overconfident knitter had to rip out or rather unknit not only two rows of lace knitting three times each but three rows of lace knitting three times each.

Three rows of 267 stitches three times each. (That’s only unknitting 2,403 stitches and reknitting 2,403 stitches.)

Did the overconfident knitter learn her lesson?  Oh yeah, but it took her nine times to finally figure it out!

Moral of the story: Use the freaking lifelines!!!!