Monday, July 26, 2010

More About Composting.

I read a terrific list of things that can be added to the compost pile, from a blog I love called You Grow Girl. Included in the expanded mix, cotton balls, paper towels (depending on what was on them), all sorts of paper shredded, (but not glossy ads or inserts, wine corks,) and expired pantry staples such as pasta, rice, spices. Really anything organic, and plant-based, can be recycled into the garden. That also keeps the garbage down, of course.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

e Bay

EBay is quite challenging, even though my friend Linda is very successful at it, and very supportive to me. She suggested a book to me the other day, Three Weeks to eBay Profit. Turned out I had a book by the author, Skip McGrath, already, and thought it was worthwhile .

 So I went to his website, and realized Skip McGrath, was known to me as Harry McGrath. He and Karen and their boys lived next door to me for years.




I ordered it today, stay tuned!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunny Sunday

Everything is fresh from yesterday's rain, but it's going to be a steamy one today. It is also my son's 30th birthday, unbelievable but true!

This picture shows Christopher giving Niles his first swimming lesson. It did not go swimmingly. The little guy actually did swim, but he paddled straight to me and asked (beseechingly, with his big brown eyes), to get the hell out of there. Still, no hard feelings!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Looks Like Rain!

Even though it's a Saturday in July, and the day of my son's 30th birthday party, I am thrilled to see gray skies. The plants can use a good soaking, hope they get it. Even groundcovers, like sweet woodruff, and some azalea bushes are brown and sickly looking. The hose can't fix that. Still, I've done my best, and many things survived. Especially the shade plants, caladium, Persian shield, oh here it comes. Beautiful rain.

Friday, July 9, 2010

I thought it was hot in June....

But July has been truly tropical. According to the Weather Channel, it hit 101 degrees in Poughkeepsie last Tuesday and Wednesday. My garden got positively crispy in spots. The grass is straw, which is fine with me.

But tonight felt much better, although it is still 80 at 9:40. I got a lot done this afternoon and evening, weeding, moving plants and containers, a little watering, etc. Things look much better. I can't wait to see it in the morning, and take pictures.