Remember when I asked for help identifying the squash earlier in the summer? Well, Butternut Squash Harvest was tonight. I picked 16 of the nice plump beauties. I had picked two earlier in the season. That makes a grand total of 18 squash from the mystery-volunteer-plant-that-should-have-been-pumpkins. Not too bad a'tall. Next year for sure on the pumpkins...but definitely some space for these prolific and tasty squash too.
Yep, it's that time again. Time to go around the yard and Boone's pen and pick up all the dead and dismembered stuffed animals and toys. Here a tail, there a leg.. and hmmm..a green head?? I try and do this when Boone isn't looking as it's very stressful for him to lose any of his toys even if he hasn't played with them for months. I always stock up on the stuffed animals at the thrift stores, so there is an endless supply, believe me.
Boone doesn't believe me. He wasn't lettin' this one out of his mouth, not with me around stealing all his toys.
.....Wood? Bugs? Spiders??
I'm working on the woodpile, a little at a time. I already got the old tarp off and trimmed back all the grapevine, so it's time to start re-stacking the wood. I don't usually have allot of outdoor time in the evenings as the days get shorter, so sometimes I will set the timer and make myself spend at least 15 minutes on a thankless job like this. This is a horrible, horrible job. Trust me. Why, I do not neaten and clean up the woodpile in the early Spring, I do not know. Every year, I lament my poor judgement on this issue. And every year its the same. It doesn't look so bad does it? A little messy, but harmless enough.
But it's not harmless.
It's full of spiders. In case you don't know this, spiders creep me out. Oh, you did know? Well, anyway they do... creep me out that is. And the woodpile is full of them. Big ones, very furry ones, all shapes. That isn't all either. There is also millions of ants, and every so often a fat, slimy slug stuck on a piece of wood. Shudder... There are insects I don't even recognize out there. So, even though you aren't suppose to spray wood with bug spray, I'm going to. Then I'm gonna hose it all off--high pressure as I can get. That is once it's all stacked and neat again. (and please don't judge that cockeyed end--I think it'll hold, and after all I don't get paid for doing this...and oh my gosh... what is that crawling on my leg!!!)
Here's fifteen minutes work. Another fifteen or so and it'll be close to done!