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Mama Kat Thursday: What Are You Afraid Of?

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The Mama Kat prompt for today is: "Share something that scared you when you were young...are you still afraid?" I can think of a couple things. First, cockroaches.  They totally creep me out. That's because one day, back when I was in early grade school, I remember feeling something tickling me under my clothes. So I went to the ladies room to investigate. Entering a stall, I peeled off my clothes and a small cockroach fell out onto the floor. Ew. Ever since then, just seeing a cockroach gives me the creepy-crawlies. However, what fell out of my clothes all those years ago has nothing--NOTHING on the HUGE cockroaches I see here in Florida.  They run from 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches in size and thick as a stick. I swatted one I found standing in the bathroom with my slipper just the other morning. (I can't stand stepping on them with my actual foot in a shoe--I hate the feel.) *Gag*   The other fear I have is of heights. I remember the day I first acqu

Garden Pic Wednesday: Mini-me Box Turtle

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Today's Garden Pic of the Day is a "mini-me" Box Turtle I saw just sitting on the block wall on Monday as Hubby and I were walking up the walk after coming home from the Fitness Center. He's sitting in my Hubby's hands, all of 2 inches in size! Such big eyes! Baby Box Turtle We released him in the back yard. Boxies are territorial--maybe he'll stay. ***** Today's other projects: Move the Houseplants Inside! It will be getting down into the 40's this weekend at night! All my houseplants happily spend spring & summer outside. This year though, one of the variegated Spider plants died. So I have one pot with a bushy Spider plant hanging in the kitchen and one that has just a few Spider babies in it. I hang a Dracaena plant in the guest bath and I have a Silver Arrowhead in the master bath, though, I must say, that Arrowhead was in pitiful shape and had to have a complete re-potting. Both it and the one Spider plant will need to re-gr

Good Eating Monday: Crispy Smashed Red Potatoes

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Greetings!  It's the last week of October! What will you be doing for Halloween?   I think I'll dress as a pirate and wait to see if any little matey's come to my door trick or treating. Hubby will be up on base with other guys from our Bible Study passing out bags of candy that include Airmen Center cards and pens. Today's Good Eating recipe is one I haven't tried yet, but now that it's cooling down and baking in the oven is more appealing, I'm looking forward to trying it!  This recipe is from Pinterest: Crispy Smashed Red Potatoes   #1) Boil a selection of small red potatoes  in water with salt added until they're cooked through and fork tender. (red have thin skins and cook quickly, making them ideal for this.) #2) Oil spray or drizzle a cookie sheet with olive oil. Then drain and let cool 10 minutes. Arrange potatoes on cookie sheet in rows, smashing each with bottom of a glass to flatten somewhat. #3)  Brush tops of smas

Mama Kat Thursday: Pinterest Garden Fails

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The Mama Kat prompt topic this week is: "Share something you tried inspired by Pinterest---was it a win or a fail?" My most recent Pinterest recipe win: "Sausage/Pepper Spaghetti Sq uash."  You can view that recipe  here on my Good Eating Monday post. I also have 3 garden solutions that were Pinterest fails this year: #1) The Cornmeal Weed Fix Fail: The Original Caption read, "Did you know that cornmeal is birth control for seeds? Sprinkle it on your garden and it will keep weed seeds from germinating and growing into plants. Of course, cornmeal will keep any seed from germinating, so don’t try this on your vegetable garden until your plants are established and you’ve finished planting seeds." The result : Nothing. It didn't work. It wasn't very good birth control for weeds after all. It, however, did kill some plants I planted much later in that bed I put the cornmeal on, but that was long, long after the application. Better to

Garden Pic Wednesday: Pineapple Sage Bloom

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Today's Garden Pic of the Day is a nice shot of my Pineapple Sage that has just recently come into bloom! Here in north Florida it blooms now and through-out winter. I still have a Hummingbird or two visiting my feeder, so they might yet get to enjoy these! For more on growing Pineapple Sage and a couple recipes for using it, you can visit this older post:  Herb Savvy with Pineapple Sage . For Bible Study on base last night I made M&M Blondies with peanut butter & peanut M&M's. (I had 1/2 a bag of each.) Such a delicious recipe!  **** Come back tomorrow for Mama Kat!

Polvyore Tuesday: Leonardo & Blue Mustang

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Today, my final car themed Ninja Turtle set, this one being a modern Ford Mustang in Leonardo blue! Like Raph, I don't think Leo would prefer a car he'd have to work on all the time. Leonardo was portrayed by  Pete Ploszek . Pete Ploszek (You can click on his name above for a You Tube link to him talking about his role as Leonardo and hear his actual voice.) But they didn't use his actual voice on film.  Johnny Knoxville was hired to voice-over for Leonardo instead. I looked and looked for an explanation, but found no particular reason specified. All I found out is the Turtle actors were only guaranteed the  physical  acting job; not necessarily their voice use, though the actors portraying Donnie, Raph & Mikey were lucky enough to have their real voices left in. So I'm left to making a couple guesses for why the Leo voice-over: #1) Maybe Nickelodeon wanted their movie Turtles to have a voice tone somewhat similar to the voices of their Ninja Tur

Good Eating Monday: Sausage/Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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Greetings on this lovely fall day! Today's Good Eating recipe is one I'm trying tonight that that I saw on Pinterest called, "Sausage & Peppers Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats." I bought a spaghetti squash, knowing I'd have Johnsonville Sweet Sausages left-over from Sunday's cookout, just so I could try this recipe. To me, most squash is bland tasting, so the challenge is always making it flavorful. While I find spaghetti squash fairly often quite tasty if it's seasoned right, I would never, ever try and pass it off as a real substitute for pasta. It's more like virtual spaghetti.  Pasta is pasta and spaghetti squash is still squash and neither shall the twain meet. However, I have sausages to use and I love Italian, so I'm going to give it a go. Sausage & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats Ingredients: 1 (4 pound) spaghetti squash 2 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 1 pound Italian sausage (spicy or swe

Mama Kat Thursday: TV Shows I'd Like Back

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The Mama Kat prompt topic this week is: "My list 6 retired TVshows I'd like to see come back (as good as before)." Before I get into my list, let me qualify that I want these shows back as good as they were the first time, under the following conditions:   * Without making them risque & sleazy, like so many modern shows & comedies are.  * Without adding a bunch of extra foul language.  * And I want them to high caliber, well-written , good family hour story telling on network television. With that said, here's my list: #1)   The A-Team:   But like it was with lots campy of action that didn't really kill anyone, a sense of humor and an ability to escape any situation while helping people out of a jam.  Of course, George Peppard will remain irreplaceable. #2)   Airwolf:   But like it was in the first 2 seasons: helping people with lots of just plain adventure flying around in a secret, impossibly f ast combat helic opter . 

Garden Pic Wednesday: Red Rose In Sunlight

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Greetings!  Another fine October day! It's getting into that nice fall-ish weather that, here in north Florida, ranges from 60 at night to 70's or 80's during the day with next to no humidity--great for doing all that fall yard clean up!  I finished mowing the back yard today, which included policing up a bunch of pine cones and branches thrown around by a recent rain storm. Then spread the mowing mulch around various beds and especially stacking it around new shrubs in back. I'd done the front yesterday, so today's work polished off the lawn mowing, which conveniently vacuums up all the pine needles. I don't like to rake---ever tried raking up the long southern type pine needles? Today's Pic of the Day is a shot I took this afternoon of my rose topiary against banana trees and late-day sun. We spent all day this past Saturday at the Pirates of the Sea Festival in Panana City Beach, Florida, from about 2:30 pm until after the Fireworks at

Mama Kat Thursday: Teased

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Today's Mama Kat blog prompt topics is: "Share a time when you were teased." When I was in grade school, I I didn't quite know how to cope with other kids and I certainly wasn't prepared for any of the mind games little girls play on each other. We lived way out in the country and I was the oldest with mostly just my parents to talk to until I entered first grade.   I was least prepared for the "exclusion game."  There were a couple girls I hung out with in the school yard during recess everyday in either first or second grade, when out of the blue one day, they just suddenly decided to turn into "mean girls" and pretend not to know me. Giving me the cold-shoulder, they walked away whispering and casting catty back glances at me. I was completely confused by this and didn't understand what I'd done. It hurt my feelings a lot, but, luckily, only happened that one time. It wasn't like a daily event. Fortunately, my grade

Garden Pic Wednesday: Fall Mums & Marigolds!

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Today's accomplished garden projects include: planting 9 baby broccoli, planting the last of my Romaine lettuce seeds, planting 5 Hyacinth bulbs, so in the spring I'll have 6 instead of just 1; planting baby Easter Lily Bulbs.  It was funny---I had a Easter Lilly in my large pot garden out front, but at end of season, I found a just dead stem with a deposit of about a dozen round, green infant bulbs around it, scattered on top of the soil.  I collected them and saved them for planting--which I did today. I put them around a pine tree in the woodsy area in back.  Easter Lily's are great for naturalizing & spread by side-shoot roots as well as bulbs. They can take over a bed over a period of years. Today's Garden Pics are Fall themed Mums & Marigolds: First, Mums: I recently bought these at Walmart and planted them along the front wall, because the ones I planted lasted fall have had a hard year and weren't looking so good. I like how the sunl

Good Eating Monday: Brian Cook's Chili

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 Yesterday Hubby and I were playing around with the various personality & interest "fun tests," at playbuzz.com ---with hilarious results. Hubby did one called, "What Medieval Job Would You Have?"  He got "Jester." "That's sooo completely appropriate," I told him. (He's always trying to be funny.) The questions on these tests are so bizarre and random, like favorite travel destination, favorite T.V. show, favorite food, favorite time of day, favorite type of art, favorite color, etc. I did one called, "Find Your Fictional Character Soul-Mate," and got---would you believe--- Loki as my soul-mate.  ROFL To this, Hubby said, "Where's a test that tells me I'm Loki?" Then he said, "That should make you say about me, 'I knew something was wrong with you.' " I also did a "Which Superhero Are You Test." Turns out I am Iron Man. Really, I think it is only one or two key

Mama Kat Thursday: How Do You Like Yours?

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Since September 29th was National Coffee Day, the Mama Kat prompt topic for today is: "How do you like your cup of coffee?" Abstract Coffee &Donuts Mug I like my coffee very fresh and very hot with a spoonful of powdered Coffeemate Creamer and one packet of either a Stevia sweetner or Splenda. I like just a touch of sweetness, but not enough to obscure the flavor, since I like the taste of coffee. We usually do a 50-50 "light"mix of regular and decaf in the coffeemaker with a dash of cinnamon, preferably using the brand 8 O'clock.  (Which won best tasting coffee against other common brands a couple years ago.)  Sometimes we buy the Folgers specialty flavored coffee if we don't have a coupon for 8 O'clock, but I find Folgers has a sour, dark taste. My favorite break time snack is that creamer + sweetner cup of coffee with 2 dark chocolate Hershey Kisses. And I'll wrap up by sharing a few of my favorite Pinterest coffee pins:

Garden Pic Wednesday: Red Magic Lily!

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Today's Pic of the Day: Spider Lilies. These bare, leafless flower stalks faithfully pop up all over the deep south every September. Also called,"Red Magic Lilies," they're members of the general Magic Lily family "Lycoris," which is part of the larger Amaryllis family. I love them! This one was just opening when I took the picture! I also spent today planting about 50 bulbs for spring: Mixed Daffodils & Woods Hyacinths. Great naturalizers, I planted them through-out the woodsy area in back around the maple tree. Also today: before and after shots of my new lighting fixtures: The previous fixtures were 24 years old and in real need of replacing with fresh, energy efficient units! First the old kitchen light and the new one: And the new fixture in the garage: It's still a 2 bulb unit, but with a cover now instead of just bare bulbs. Now that I know who to call, I'll probably look into gradually updating a couple o