I broke my flyswatter smacking spiders. Eww, right?
My shopping list now has "flyswatters" on it. I don't like seeing those mutant orange so-called lady bugs around either. My chickens won't even eat them.
Speaking of bugs, I'm gearing up for prosperous gardening season. I mixing up a different sort of bug repellent, supposedly safe for humans and pets. I'll give it a whirl and give you an update. It seems I'm either surrounded by mosquitoes, those nasty biting orange bugs, or gnats when I am in the garden.
Pretty soon I will also be mixing up an organic bug spray for the vegetable garden. My greens typically get attacked by bugs, so I'll be giving that a whirl too.
If I don't try new recipes, I won't know which one works, so I'm kind of excited to try them both.
As for the spiders, they are doomed if they even try to get inside. Especially, those ginormous, hairy, mammoth wolf spiders.
I surprised them with a tradition I have not done for several years - Punch Bowl Friday.
(GULP!) I made Trisha's Green Punch (Foodnetwork). However, if I surprise them again some Friday, I'll dig out some much healthier punch recipes. I don't do this every Friday anymore. It originally started to motivate the kids into getting their chores done early, surrounded by a "fun" atmosphere, so we could relax on Friday nights. However, I may change this to "Fruit Bowl Friday."
I also brought home roasted seaweed snacks. They almost taste like kale chips. The kids all tried it and like it.
Rain started earlier than I thought it would yesterday. As I put the chickens in their coop, along with Sparta, I kept counting them. I was missing one hen. I walked around in the sloppy mess several times, not finding her. Then I did, and had to get an extra hand. It's kind of hard to hold an umbrella and carry a chicken (our rain coats got ripped last season, so I do need to get some new ones).
One barred rock is having trouble with either her foot or leg. She can't hop up into the coop, and she's moving around much slower (but looks good otherwise). I put her in the "emergency" coop and will take a closer look today. I had no choice to put her in there, as the others pecked at her immediately, so they know something is wrong with her. She started eating right away, so I wonder if she fell off the ladder we have in the big coop (made from large branches). Sparta took a fall one year. I guess we'll see.
The fog is back this morning, and today Hubby is to fly in early. I am praying that his flight left on time. We are pretty excited to see him again.