Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

 

Yesterday was the beginning of a new era.

The twins graduated from eighth grade.

I sat in the stands and watched as the principal called their names and they walked across the stage with smiles that lit up a room…

…and my heart in their hands.

When did this happen?

Wasn’t I just sitting at a tea party with bears and dolls and a pink striped elephant with a giant opinion?

Wasn’t I clutching their hands at the door to their kindergarten room?

Wasn’t I just bandaging scraped knees and telling people not to draw on the walls with sharpies and painting tiny toe nails that giggled?

And then?

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The Day Technology Left the Building

The Day Technology Left the Building

 
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When we jumped to the country eight years ago and bought an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere with a creek and a pond and acres of land to run and play in….

….never did I envision a house full of children staring at screens.

Not my children.

Never.

i-phones?

i-pads?

Video games?

Why?  Why would they ever need any of those?  They had blue skies and green grass and crickets and land to run….

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Today I Choose Sunshine

Today I Choose Sunshine

 
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Can you feel my landscaping pain?

This was the winter to end all winters.  It was cold and then it would warm slightly and then plunge us into cold again.

And again.

And then it would snow and sleet and with heavy rains day after day.

Week after week.

And all the plants and shrubs and trees sat in that wet, wet soil.

And now they look like this.

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The Language of the Flowers

The Language of the Flowers

 

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When I was younger I read the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” from cover to cover.

Do you remember that book?

I think my parents rolled their eyes when I read the poem about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out.

But I didn’t care.

Shel Silverstein was my hero.

He was funny and irreverent and made eating a whale and collecting junk and a crocodile toothache into poems that danced off the pages of a book.

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Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

 

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Keeping an ivy alive and green and ready to take on the coat hangers of the world…. is really so simple.

Here’s the solution.

Ready?

 

Dish washing soap.

 

Here’s the proof.

 

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                      Ivy circa April 12, 2011                                                                       Ivy circa June 28, 2011

 

Have you seen an ivy when it gets yellow and pale and the leaves start falling off?

It’s usually because of spider mites.

I don’t remember who told me to use dish washing soap to get rid of them.

And I don’t know why it works.

But it does.

 

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The secret is cheap soap.

No fancy stuff.

No extra anti-bacterial nonsense.

Just soap.

 

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Simply add 2 tsp. of soap to one pint of water.

Don’t add anymore soap or your topiary may not recover.

Then pour mixture into a spray bottle filled with water.

 

And if you do this….can you try to get a cuter spray bottle than mine?

Not just one from Wal-mart.

A really cute spray bottle.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or at the very least make a cover for it like this.

 

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Then take your really cute spray bottle and spray the leaves every two to three weeks.

 

That’s it.

 Topiary

Your topiary will thank you.

Your ivy will thank you.

And the spider mites will have to buy a Winnebago and take a cross-country trip to their condo in Florida 🙂

 

PS  If you want to know how to make a topiary….here’s a post where I used a coat hanger to create one!

PPS  Here’s an article on using soap that has much better directions and tells when not to use soap under certain conditions.