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Trying to Garden Peacefully While Battling an Army of Psychotic Squirrels Plus Other Random Thoughts

Geocaching trip to Marlboro and Darlington Counties!

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, February 17th, 2013

No school on Friday 2/15/13 so we took a little geocaching trip. We started out with breakfast at Cracker Barrel with Grandma – then we took off! I was determined to hit 200 but eventually gave in to teenage angst in the form of the snarly 12-year-old and quit at 196. 196 isn’t bad, though! Niece says we can knock out 4 easy! We did manage to get 8 so that was acceptable.

We started out at Bingham’s Light – of course it was daylight so no ghost… There was another cache near a cemetery…

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One at a roadside park – we didn’t actually find the cache, but since the town was Brownsville, we had to take a picture!

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We then went to find the screw pin cache:

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Then we headed to Blenheim – home of the famous ginger ale – and found the cache next to the spring:

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We headed off to Bennettsville and found a few around there, including a puzzle cache and the niece was more than willing to volunteer to add five digit numbers on her day off from school!

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Our last stops were in Society Hill, where they are now advertising “Enhanced traffic enforcement” – so that’s what they are calling it now-a-days?

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2013!

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, January 6th, 2013

For the past few years, I have given my mom a calendar with photos from the previous year for each month – but for the past couple of years I have tried a gimmick – like last year, her grandkids posed holding pictures with the months/graphics/names of people who have birthdays that month written on them. This year, I had an idea to have the kids pose as the first letter of each month. I don’t know what I was thinking!

Here are a few of them:

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More to follow

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One of these things is not like the others…

Posted by Ellis on Friday, August 17th, 2012

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Wasting time…

Posted by Ellis on Monday, August 6th, 2012

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    Niece makes Kayleigh-potatoes!

    Posted by Ellis on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

    The niece made her famous potatoes:

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    It looks like I haven’t posted anything in over a month!

    Posted by Ellis on Thursday, June 7th, 2012

    I really have -  but I keep getting spammed like you would NOT BELIEVE so I keep taking down posts trying to stave them off!  It’s not working and I cannot get this spam filter to work – who am I kidding, I can’t even update my version of WordPress much less install a spam filter! Anyway!

    We have some birds that ate all of our strawberries, but have some strawberries that have just started coming in – we’re not sure why but there are a few out there.

    We actually got a decent amount of stringbeans the other day and Mom was going to cook them for the nephew and me, then she burned them all up. So much for our stringbean crop!

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    The tomatoes are looking great this year!

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    I must have neglected to get pictures of all of them – we should have some big ones ready to pick in a week!

    And the nephew and I picked blueberries the other day:

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    And for the first time, we actually had enough blueberries in our own backyard to make something! Blueberry-lime pound cake anyone?

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    Happy Birthday, Mom!

    Posted by Ellis on Friday, April 27th, 2012

    I picked the nephew and niece up from school and we went to pick strawberries.

    Well, first we stopped at a gas station for slushies like we do every other Friday but they didn’t have any. Niece got a SpongeBob popsicle and nephew opted for nothing. Niece was literally crying beforehand over nephew’s calling the front seat but she got over that pretty quickly!

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    THEN we went to pick strawberries:

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    After strawberry picking, we came back home to light the candles and have cake for Grandma’s birthday! Jean, the s-niece and s-nephew came to help us!

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    That is one expensive damn cake!

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    We accomplished a lot tonight!

    Posted by Ellis on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

    The niece and nephew arrived at 6:00 this afternoon. The nephew had a 4-stanza micro-managed poem he was to complete by tomorrow with all sorts of different rhyming patterns in each stanza, a hyperbole in this one, a metaphor in that one, two things in this one, etc. It was a nightmare considering he had not done anything before he got here except for 2 lines in a rough draft that he had to scrap.

    Now, was he just given this assignment today? No. Did he accomplish any of this at his mother’s house? You know, the house where his mother says, “He always does all of his homework before he comes to you guys”? No. Nothing. I have no earthly idea if he has even studied for his spelling test because we had to spend the whole night, after he fessed up, doing this damn poem.

    Before the fessing up stage, though, we managed to eat supper while sending Grandma to a funeral, start on the icing for Grandma’s birthday cake which involved zesting a lot of lemons and juicing them, which led to the nephew making a fruit smoothie out of lemons, blueberries and bananas and the niece juicing the rest of the lemons from the bag to make homemade lemonade, then I finally got what I needed to make the icing, then we had leftover cream from the icing so the niece made butter! From scratch! It was amazing! Here’s our proof of all of that! Except for the poem, unless I manage to snap a picture of it along with my “parent’s signature and comment” page where I stated, “This was like pulling teeth”.

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    The squirrels are still at it but despite them, the garden is growing.

    Posted by Ellis on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

    Even the seeds that the s-nephew planted 7 inches deep have sprouted!

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    I even picked three strawberries today!

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    And the blueberries are looking great! I’m not saying we can bake an entire recipe of blueberry muffins from the crop but we can probably manage to rustle up enough to top some cereal!

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    And the niece and nephew are just getting too damn big.

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    The 2012 garden is planted!

    Posted by Ellis on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

    With a lot of help from the nephew and s-nephew, the garden is planted. This includes a new raised bed this year, purchased from Sam’s, and the one I built a few years ago, and the satellites. We have one more Sam’s raised bed that I didn’t put up – I may put that one up down at my new house or may wait until we cut another tree down here so we have enough sunlight – I haven’t decided yet.

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    We already have strawberries and blueberries on our existing plants and bushes which is very exciting! So here are the pictures of the fruits and vegetables:

    Blueberries:

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    Strawberries:

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    New stuff – starting with the lettuce:

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    And the “big picture”:

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    Then after all the work was done, I may have suggested that using the water balloons I bought to blow up and use to make Easter decorations with string – well, too long to explain but I will post a picture of a finished product in a minute – but I may have suggested using those water balloons, filling them up with water, and pelting Jean and Kayleigh in the golf cart when they came to pick up the nephew & snephew – contrary to the niece’s accusations, I didn’t MAKE them do it – I just put the suggestion in their heads, then served as lookout!

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    Niece gets revenge with the garden hose!!!

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    I take it back – I’ll post pictures of the Easter craft project later.

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