Around the House

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I’m at War

Although I love animals–most of the time, I have a problem with a certain squirrel. He not only likes to eat tomatoes, he also likes to eat blossoms of things like zucchini. That makes for a much less productive garden I’ve planted around the patio.  I tried buying fake snakes. That didn’t work. I run out and chase him off, but he knows when I’m not home and conducts his burglaries then. I replanted the zucchini after he’d eaten every last bloom and put the pot on the table on the patio. He went after those when they set on
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Happy Halloween!

This is as much decorating as I did for Halloween this year. This is the fourth year we’ve been in our home, and the first time I’ll be open for trick-or-treaters. In 2019, we were the only occupied house on the block. Only one family made it to our door. I hadn’t bought any candy, figuring no one would come down an (almost) empty cul-de-sac, and I promised them treats in 2020. But . . . pandemic. No trick-or-treating in 2020. Last year we were out of town. And so, this year I have no idea how many kids to
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Fall’s color eases the pain

I have never been a fan of winter and cold weather. So when fall comes around, I’m not too excited. For me, the one redeeming feature of fall is the burst of color it provides. I was afraid the dry weather would mean a disappointing fall this year, but I’ve seem some gorgeous specimens in the last few days! At my house, I have a pretty red dogwood and an awesome orange maple. What’s your favorite aspect of fall?
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Getting ready for spring!

My favorite thing to do this time of year is look ahead to spring! 🙂 I really, really hate winter! So I’m planting tulip and crocus bulbs this weekend. Are you doing any yard work?
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Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon?

The full moon of October is usually called a hunter’s moon, though this month I’ve seen it called a blood moon as well. Whatever it was, it looked beautiful. This photo was taken on October 8, though the actual full moon was Monday, October 9.
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Too pretty to pull!

Sometimes my pots are pretty sad-looking by the time October rolls around. For that matter, between the bunnies and the squirrels, the pots sometimes are destroyed by August! I often pull out the summer annuals and re place them with fall mums. But this year, my coleus plants out front have done amazingly well and still look great–too pretty to pull out. I’m thinking of taking a cutting and trying to propagate and plant again next year. Anyone have any luck with that? I’d love to know your tips, dos and don’ts!
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Field of Sunflowers

In late August, our field boasted a beautiful abundance of sunflowers. Walking along the path through the field felt like walking in a sunflower forest.
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Ahh, the feel of fall!

Every year, I have visions of creating Fall floral masterpieces in my porch and patio pots. And every year, I “fall” short. The time, money and frustration are too much. Just yesterday, I set out some pumpkins and bought a couple of cheery, yellow mums for the front porch. One of the pumpkins (turned for a nicer photo) has already been nibbled by the squirrels. It’s a hopeless cause! But if you’re looking for fall decor inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest page. It’s full of fabulous ideas! Happy Fall to all! https://www.pinterest.com/darlenedelucaau/fall/
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Fun with flowers

I found the coolest mums at the store yesterday. I love having cut flowers in the house, and these are so fun. I think they make a nice transition from summer flowers to fall. I usually go with alstroemeria, which tend to last a long time. Hoping these will, too! I go kicking and screaming into fall, so I’m not ready for traditional fall flowers just yet. Do you keep fresh flowers in the house? What are your faves?
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Fill ‘er Up

Have you noticed that most bottles and jars come half-empty? I was glad to see the Folger’s coffee can (no longer a can, now plastic) is filled almost to the top.
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