Thursday Thirteen - May 27, 2021

 Thursday Thirteen

1 - I was notified by email that a bunch of my posts had been flagged and removed for malware or viruses.  They were reinstated the next day, and maybe it was a Blogger error, because, who would bother flagging multiple posts on a gardening blog?  Weird.

2 - It occurred to me (when reading garage sale ads) that no one calls those dead-end streets ending in a circular shape "courts" anymore.  They're all "cul-de-sacs."  How fancy!  The "cul-de-sacs" off the street where I grew up all had court names.  Lincolnshire Court, Westminster Court, Abby Court, etc.  and we called them courts.  The neighborhood kids, even me, played kickball in the end of Lincolnshire.  The one down the street from me is named a "circle," but the residents refer to it as a "cul-de-sac."  Huh... I didn't notice until right now, at 63+ years of age, the courts of my childhood had a name theme.  I'll have to take a trip down memory lane (and Google Maps if my memory fails me) and see what the others were called.  

3 - Which reminds me, the Google Street View car was driving around the area a few days ago.  I've seen it before, they must update pretty regularly. 

4 - I am behind on my Goodreads Challenge.  Five books behind.  I was behind this time last year, but that was understandable, the libraries were closed.  Now, it's because I got a newer phone, and have my game apps installed again!  Also, the library urges us not to take too long browsing, to get in and out, so the books I've been checking out have been boring, so I don't finish them.  Mostly it's the apps.

5 - The University Extension, Ask an Expert let me down yet again.  I hope the "Master Gardeners" in other counties and states are more knowledgeable and helpful than here.  My Virginia creeper leaves are deformed.  They were last year too, and no flowers, so no berries.  Only the plants in one part of the yard, the others are fine, for now.  I wanted to know what was causing it.  The answer extolled the virtues of Virginia creeper, how to care for it, and just basic pests (things obvious like leaf-hoppers) and things.  Not a word about my deformed leaves.

6 - I've been going out back with Mickey early, 6:30am or so, since it's already light then.  I hoped for fresh morning air.  I get next door neighbor cigarette smoke.  They don't smoke in their house.  They shouldn't smoke at all, he'd had a stroke last year.  They're nice people and are in their own yard.  Still, it keeps me from fully enjoying mine! 

7 - Yesterday was an exciting day.  I went to a thrift store FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN A YEAR!   Their stock seems a bit low, but guess what I found?  A glass hat toothpick holder!   Fostoria "American Clear," date unknown since the pattern was made 1915-1982. I wonder if they made toothpick holders for that long though, they lost fashion long before 1982.  

8 - The other day I posted a photo of a beautiful edible weed, salsify.  I mentioned how mine gets covered with little black aphids.  Here they are...  Now I think I ought to find out what kind of aphids they are.  

9 - The milkweed is up and in bud, and the milkweed bugs are quick to follow.  It's another of those red and black ones that sometimes get confused with the other red and black ones.  Like boxelder bugs.

10 - A scrub jay took a bath and Mickey had to check out "his" water afterwards.

 

The nerve of that bird, bathing in the water and standing on the wood!  Apparently scrub jays have a strong odor they leave behind!  I guess it did need a bath.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 - I burnt dinner last night by turning the wrong burner on high.  The house filled with smoke, which panicked Mickey; he shook and needed to be held.  For some reason all cooking odors, and smoke, end up in my bedroom.  Fun.

12 - I love the native Wild Grape volunteers.  Fortunately, this one came up next to the fence. It outgrew the trellis (I wish I could get the trellis back out of there!), so I used twine and cable staples to make a large area for the vines to grab.  It hasn't ever had grapes, but it might not be old enough yet.  It's also called Pacific Grape, or California Wild Grape.  Vitis californica.    




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 -I moved those metal decorative squares off the fence while I worked.  Thought there was an old paper wasp nest behind one, but it turns out they both had active paper wasp nests behind them!


 That's my Thursday Thirteen.  Where are yours?  I'm a bit wordy, but anything goes!



Comments

  1. I suspect your #1 was a Google error; apparently there was a lot of that last week - I missed out on most of the "fun", apparently, but maybe my readers didn't. I am still admiring your toothpick holders - hope you let us know if that woman has another sale this weekend. Carpenter bees have been a big problem for us and others in our area this spring but yesterday we saw wasps entering a crack in the roof of our front porch so now we have that.

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    1. I read carpenter bees aren't aggressive, but maybe that means they don't try to sting, because they sure don't take well to my being in their vicinity! Wasps of some kind like to crawl into the outside rear view mirror on the driver's side of my car!

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  2. I thought about doing Thursday 13 but was feeling rather wordless. I'm sure glad you didn't burn the house down Lisa!

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    1. I think the controls to this fairly new (to me) range might be opposite to the old one. I wonder if that's possible, or if they have to be consistent? Your wordless was amazing!

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  3. Five books behind - not bad. I am dozens and dozens of books behind on Goodreads challenge. It's the lockdown. There are just too many movies to watch, too many desserts.... You've got an adorable dog.

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    1. Last year I resorted to reading anything in the house! I also gave some away on Craigslist and asked for some in return. Mickey is adorable, I'll admit! He's the nosiest puppy I've ever had. Stops dead in his tracks on walks to stare at people!

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  4. I burn a lot of dinners! Getting back to thrift shopping was a big one for me to, only their dressing rooms are still not open. I can't wait to drink a tap beer out of glass rather than plastic. It's the small things that can feel like big deals.

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    1. It is the small things! Some you don't really notice are missing until you can do them again, I find. Dressing rooms... last summer my daughter needed, really needed, some clothes. At Penney's the signs on the dressing rooms read, "Sorry, this dressing room is closed, but another is open nearby!" We walked all over that store, on both floors, before finally asking. Oh, no, none were open!

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  5. I had no idea toothpick holders were ever *not* a thing. We use them. I still have the one someone gave us when we married in 1983. The thing on your Virginia Creeper looks like leaf curl on a tomato plant. We use Copper Dragon for that. I don't know if it would help Virginia Creeper but it couldn't hurt to try.

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    1. Thanks for the clue about the leaf curl, I'll look into that. Now that you mention it, a few of my tomatoes are doing that, others are fine. As far as I read the toothpick holders were part of a complete glassware set in the Victorian era, and left on the table to use at meals. Along with celery glasses, which I had no idea were a thing until looking at toothpick holders! They left celery standing in water out to take as desired. I read the Victorians had a dish for everything!

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  6. I always knew those as a cul-de-sac. And now you remind me of the Gilmore Girls episode where they went on a tangent about the plural. It's culs-de-sac. And the girls had a great back and forth about how ridiculous that sounds.

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    1. It does sound ridiculous. Cul-de-sac is "bottom of the bag," so that would be "bottoms of the bag," when more than one would be more than one bag, and bottoms. Then it would be culs-de-sacs, but no one says that! A lot of dictionaries show both plurals. I just don't use the word, then I'm safe!

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