Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I hate Squirrels!!!

OK, not really.  I am quite annoyed with them at the moment though.  I do have to admire their persistence and intelligence; however, do they have to use their evil genius for destruction?  I guess that is what evil genius is for though.  Hmmmm....

You're probably wondering what the squirrels have done now.  Well, they have figured out yet another way around the supposedly "squirrel-proof" feeder...
They've started to eat it!!!!  
That's right, folks.  They've started to eat the plastic to get to the seed inside.  Of course, I didn't notice this little fact until I tried filling the feeder and all the the seed I was putting into it started pouring out.  It made a mess of the deck.  I'm sure any mice and birds were rejoicing.  Hurrrumph!

The Photographic Evidence

The feeder in normal non-activated mode
 Notice the hole behind the perch and metal leaf

Feeder in squirrel activated mode
 The metal leaf blocks the bird port, so the squirrels ate the plastic under the port.  Now they have even more access to the seed when they are robbing the feeder.

Jim's Solution:
Cover the squirrel-made holes with metal.  Gnaw through that you stupid squirrels!  LOL!
I'm sure they'll find another way to get the seed.  Squirrels are resourceful!  They always find a way to get what they want.  ;)

I think my next feeder will be a "squirrel-proof" one made of metal and glass.
I hope something like that actually exists...

Wait! Is that snow?!

Oh, no.  It's just the dandelion fluff blowing around in the wind since we haven't been able to mow our lawn.  It's gotten ridiculous.  You can't even see the birds bopping around in the grass because it is so tall!  The rain has pretty much been relentless.  On the rare sunny day, we've had other things we needed to do.  *Sigh*  It is supposed to be sunny on Friday.  Maybe we'll be able to mow it then.

This rain isn't helping our septic either.  We've been needing to pump the tank and well at least once a week.  We have made some marginal progress though.  We finally heard back from the county health inspector.  When 2 weeks passed and we hadn't heard back from him, Jim called him.  Apparently, he had our application confused with someone else's.  Grrrr!!!!  He has determined that the only feasible septic system for us would be a type that discharges off lot into the road storm drain.  Because of this, we have to apply to the Ohio EPA for a special permit.  This of course means more $ and another 2 week wait.  The inspector did give us the go-a-head to get quotes from various septic contractors/excavators.  I've managed to find 3 in the area that have "A" ratings from the BBB.  All 3 have come out to the house, but we are still waiting for the final quote before we make our decision.  Each contractor had a different opinion on the type of system to use.  The first one says to go with Pump A.  The second one says to stay away from Pump A and go with Pump B.  The third one says we don't even need a pump and can just use a gravity system.  *Sigh*  Great!  How can you all have such high ratings from BBB, and differ so much on your recommendations?!  Once the last quote comes in, I'll need to sit in front of the computer and research it myself.  By the time this is all over, I'll be the Queen of Septic Knowledge...not exactly a title I'd like to have.  LOL!

In home remodeling news, Jim has started the demolition in the upstairs hallway.  Poor fellow had to do it by himself.  He didn't want me to help since I'm now in my 2nd trimester.  It has taken him 2 full weekends to complete most of the demo.  
He started out by knocking down the plaster on the ceiling and walls.

Looking down the hall when you first turn the corner from the stairs.
 (That is the doorway to the bonus room on the left.)

Opposite end of hall.
 (The Bonus Room doorway is now on the right.)

Looking down the hall towards the Guest Room.
 (The hole in the ceiling is the current attic access.)

Opposite view now looking towards the Nursery on the left and the Balcony doorway straight ahead.

The hallway is basically "L" shaped.

Once the plaster was removed, Jim started removing the hallway lath boards.  I put the pic views in the same order as the plaster removal ones for ya.

Can you tell it is dusty up there?

Bonus Room doorway on the right

Looking towards Guest Room

Once again, our attic is exposed.  At least the weather is warmer this time.

Now for something totally different!  Instead of demolition, I've put the final touch on something...
The Family Room curtains!  Yea!
 We finally put up the curtain hold-backs now that the warmer weather has arrived.  The hold-backs match the finials on the front curtain rods.  Sorry the picture is so dark, but it is difficult to take pictures of a window.  :)  Please ignore the Graco infant car seat in the bottom right corner.

Jim took this picture of me while I was making dinner.  I believe we had meatball subs that night.
Did you notice the face on the teapot?  You might have to click on the pic to see it larger.

Welcome to Amanda's Botanical Gardens!

The first set of spring flowers are starting to fade, but no fear, the encore is about to begin!

My peacock is swimming in a sea of Forget Me Nots.
 (Try not to notice the weeds.)  ^_^*

The late blooming purple tulips

 I love the blue in there!

Summer Snowflakes
I'm not sure why they are called this since they are no longer blooming in summer. 

Some kind of white flower.

More Daffodils

Hot Pink Azaleas
 Hmmm....Azalea would make an interesting name for a girl.  ^_^*

Blooms from a tree in the front yard

Blooms from a tree in the backyard

I've saved the best for purple lilacs.
 Purple lilacs are my favorite flower.
 They are so pretty
 and smell so good.
 I wish they bloomed for longer than a week.

Now for the adorable.  I was in Jim's office when I heard a peeping from outside.  I looked out the window to see this!
 A fat fluffy baby robin sitting on our air conditioner
 I hope it didn't poop while it was on there.  LOL!
 This baby robin does not look amused.

The only pic I've been able to take of the goldfinch.
They are very chipper birds.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flower Power Part 2

Vibrant Violets

Primrose Party

Forever Forget-Me-Nots

Dandy Dandelion

Posing Purple Vine

Plush Pussy Willow

My Bleeding Hearts


Yard Decor That Came With The House

Rusty Star

Jabba the Frog

Gregarious Grasshopper

Various Pics of Us

I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!

Better mow the lawn before it rains again!

Jim installing a new flagpole.  He broke the previous one when he was beating a dusty cot mattress outside.

That's all the photos!