We took advantage of picking up a windmill palm while visiting my sister on the coast. A friend of hers had cut down a Sago Palm that had branches 6" dia. My son wanted to plant one and see it it would root. Obviously it did! So I am sending this to all, especially Douglas Hunt!
An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
These photos were taken in the rain, but it shows that we have been busy getting ready to get things outside. Everything is going to be colorful! The pots are for the porch...sitting in
the rain because it is good for them. We got 3 Windmill Palms planted! We put out 5 Hydrangeas out front...1 new & 4 rooted (small but will grow). We will have hanging baskets in the arches and on shepherds poles. Notice the circle how sparse, but it will fill in...those Hostas will really get a lot bigger and that is a banana tree in the middle! A Granite MILL WHEEL! (Hubby anchored it to keep someone from taking it!) I just hope it all comes together. I will post later when porches and decks are finished! Wow! Lots of prep work!
My daughter is good at finding things that are stunning (she has that artist eye). She picks out the cutest gift ideas. This year she found roses made out of shaved soap. Of course all
the girls loved them. I took mine and filled a large delicate wine glass half full of purple marbles and sat the roses on top. LOVE IT! The soap leaves a great scent in the living room. Here are photos...the pink is so light it is difficult to photograph, but I think you can get the idea. When they begin to lose their luster, I will fill up the tub and enjoy them all over again!
This pumpkin was drawn by my only grandchild...grandson...when hew was in kindergarten...must have been about 4. Next month he will be 21! I have kept it on the side of my frigerator for 16 years. I move it to the front every October! (Notice the patch across his nose! hee hee)
I have so much stuff for every holiday that has covered so many trends. I decided to go whimsical this year for my mantle and use the items I used when my kids were home. There is
everything from plastic to cloth and wax to beaded!
For my mailbox, I am using the same weatherproof pupkin I used last year and have embelished it with more silk flowers and leaves which will weather well too! This is my progress so far. (Please excuse the mess on the table...glass tops my daughter is storing and should be moving out soon! But they do make a wonderful work space! Easy to wipe up after making a mess!)
Last year we put in new windows in our 40 year old house. We chose Quinn Windows in Tucker, GA because they carry the necessary insurance...many contractors do not have Work.Comp....and
we were delighted. We even had brick cut down in our den wall to make the window taller! Their work was 100%! Last month we saved 30% on or electric bill and this month-one of the hottest on record for Atlanta-we saved 13%. These figures were taken from our power bill on KW hours used. The good thing is we were much more comfortable this year than ever before. In fact, we used our 110 V A/C units less than last year (if you have an old 2 story house in Atlanta that does not have separated unites, you almost have to have a window unit to cool the house for bedtime)! The brand of window they install is Simonton. We checked out the window manufacturer and the contractor thoroughly before chosing Them! Windows are costly, but water seaping into the walls of your house from rain can be even more costly! Bad roofs, gutters and windows can cause damage and wind up costing big bucks in the long run. This photo shows our new windows!