I normally linkup with Emily P. Freeman for this monthly post but if my memory serves me, she is taking a hiatus from What I Learned and will be doing a summer roundup post instead. But, this writing things down serves me well and I am going to continue with the monthly review – I did learn a few things.
- Yellow mustard really did help my Charlie horse leg cramps one night early in the month. In fact, both hubs and I had a leg cramp at the same time and I said, “Wait, yellow mustard to the rescue.” It worked for us. But since then my friend used it and it didn’t help her at all. Another person told me to take a swig of apple cider vinegar when it happens.
- Ever since watching Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip I have wanted a sliding barn door in the worst way. Our home is small – rooms are choppy and I thought where can we hang one of these? Suffice it to say, I found the perfect place – our bedroom! It has opened up a whole new wall and believe it or not, given my side of the room more walk-around space. I LOVE IT.
- Slugs. I loathe them. They chew leaves. They slime around. They are nasty and gross. My friend calls them sluts. They are worse! Last year I read somewhere that Oak Leaf Mulch cures slugs. I shopped around – no such thing. So, where do you get oak leaf mulch? From oak leaves, of course. We had a whole pile of leaves that had been blown under an overhang of hubs’ workshop – not all oak leaves but it didn’t matter. I.was.determined. Hubs has a way he takes the mower and goes through a pile of leaves and mulches them. I began spreading them around my pots of flowers and herbs. You know what? I think it has helped A LOT. I have picked off a couple sluts, I mean slugs, but not near as many as normal. This fall when the leaves begin falling? If you have oak trees? Call me. I’ll rake for free!
- Birds. I love them. But this summer has been traumatic. A whole family of Eastern Phoebe chicks died. One bird at a time. Have no idea why. We’ve had a pair of Carolina Wrens abandon their nest and eggs. On a happy note: an Eastern Bluebird family will soon fledge and a box full of Barn Swallows should follow!
- Chipmunks. Cute. Destructive. Birdseed hogs. I decided to take one of those iron shepherd hooks and stick it in the ground away from anything a chipmunk could jump from. Hung a hearty birdseed feeder and waited. Chipmunks can climb poles UNLESS they are oiled with olive oil!!! Then? They get a little way up and slide down. Chipmunk pole dancers. Yes, it is a riot!!!
- Sometimes I don’t even know what I so desperately need. The first week of June found me kind of down and out. I wasn’t sure why but definitely “off a bubble.” Hubs decided to go up to the fort to repair the roof of his camper and convinced me to take a few days off from work and go with him. 600+ acres all to ourselves. An introvert’s paradise.
- Old dogs CAN learn new tricks. Our 12-year old poodle mix, Sam, swam without a life vest for the first time EVER! Oh my word – the cutest thing. Yes, I love our Sam!
- I learned a new quote, and people, there is so much truth in it: Silence begins to solidify like concrete. Mary, from The Dog Who Talked to God by Jim Kraus. You may want to think about that a minute!
- As far as my 2016 DISCIPLINE: RPM – going well, very well. Reading, Praying, Moving. Five days per week. Yes, Lord!
- Hannah & Simon just arrived to spend a few days. After an afternoon, one dinner on the porch, and a movie in town? They are wonderful kids. Fun to be with. Respectful and kind. I’m glad they are mine!
Welcome to Coachmen Catalina Caitie! (my first time there)
No frills. No makeup. No electricity.
600+ pristine acres. ALONE. ALL ALONE!
My three road trip buddies went to Florida without me! Missed them for two full weeks!
Sliding barn door – needs a knob cover! That is our bedroom and I should have prepped better for the photo…#reallife
Eastern Bluebird male
Watauga Lake Kayaking June 2016
Watauga Lake Kayaking June 2016