Archive | March, 2012

Bring back the crazy weather

14 Mar

Yesterday it rained. Then it got snowy. Then bright, cheerful sun came out. Then blizzard snow. Then driving, wet rain and blustery wind. Then gorgeous sunshine.

Bring it all back, I say. Much better than today’s gray!

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Would you eat cookie-cutter farm fresh eggs? Yum!!!!

10 Mar

When my eldest and I decided to make egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast, it was an obvious move to trot out eggs from our chickens in the backyard (they have really started producing nicely again). What wasn’t so obvious was that we should cook our delicious packets of yum in cookie cutter shapes.

My oldest thought this was a grand idea and set about helping me make it happen. First she found cookie cutters for her and her sister. She chose a pumpkin and her sister got a star. She ladled our scrambled eggs into the cookie cutters while I pinned them down to the sizzling griddle (careful not to burn yourself and make sure you use metal ones!). Of course a bit of egg leaked out of the bottom, but most of it stayed inside and started cooking very quickly.

It took longer than usual to fry the eggs and I had to turn temp to low so that they didn’t burn on the edges, but pretty soon I was able to flip the eggs (still in the cookie cutters of course), cook the other side, and bam – we had pumpkin and star shaped eggs. Next we cut the toast with the same cookie cutters and broke the bacon into pumpkin and star shaped pieces (OK, we just wedged pieces of bacon in there).

And then the girls ate it all up. Mom and dad had regular egg sandwiches.

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Bring back that orange fiery ball

9 Mar

On my bike ride home I stopped to take pictures of this orange fiery ball that appeared in the sky. It was rather warm and bright and I felt tingly all over. Please bring it back!!!

Biking in the snow in March?

6 Mar

Snowy bike ride to work today. Beautiful views and not too bad on the road. Thankfully the snow wasn’t sticking and I didn’t find any patches of threatened black ice. Still, snow in March? Please send sunshine for the afternoon ride home.

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RAT ATTACK!!!

3 Mar

There are rats in our walls and it’s making Natalie threaten to move out so it’s an all out blitz attack this weekend.

Here’s what I’ve tried already:

  • Paying someone to come find all the holes in our house and close them off. That was last year. He must have missed a few even though he spent more than a full day on the job.
  • Old fashioned rat traps in the attic and the basement. This is ongoing and I catch them from time to time.
  • New electric rat traps that shock them when they go into the house to grab bait. No hits yet after three weeks.

Next up on my list:

  • Trimming trees near the house that the vermin may be using to climb up and down.
  • Searching for more holes that they may be using to get in and out.
  • As much as I’m against it, setting up special rat poison houses that only rats can get into.

If this shit doesn’t work:

  • Cutting a hole in the wall where they make their noises in the middle night and going after them commando-style.

So far they haven’t made it into the house (except for once when they found a way in under the kitchen sink and committed a bloody plum massacre all over the kitchen floor – I was able to find and patch that hole because they had tried unsuccessfully to drag a plum through the hole, leaving a bloody ring around the entrance.)

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My daughters express their feelings about the coming rat battle.

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