Interesting Stuff from Our Readers!
Paper Art Work
This tree was cut down by use of a hand saw!
A Kitchen in the Round
The Turtle House
Found in Athens, Greece
Home, Sweet Home
A Bubble Tent!
Bringin' the Force with You!
They grow 'em big in Luling, Texas!
Somewhere in a farmer's field in Alberta, Canada
The Lady Cave
The Eshima Ohashi bridge is one mile long and connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in Japan. At first glance, it really looks like any other bridge.
The slope is supposedly safe to all drivers, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t terrifying. The bridge is designed like this because it needs to be tall enough to let large ships underneath.
It's THE TRUMP!!
It can be done!
Put a tiger in your tank?
Modernized Chicken Coop
Longenberger Basket Company Corportate Offices
Chapel on the Rock in Colorado
A Horse Lives Here ...
Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan - January 2016
God is an Amazing Artist!
Lighthouse on Lake Michigan - Winter 2016
I-90 - Snoquimie Pass - Washington State after 110 inches of snowfall on December 24, 2015
A Picnic Table for a Crowd!
The Ultimate Space-Saver
This is Bathing in Luxury!
When you love your Harley ... you love your Harley!
Keep On Truckin'
Enhance the Kitchen!
How Much Did It Cost to Have That Stump Removed?
The Ancient Art of Stone
Masadevellia Orchids (or Monkey Orchids)
What is this, we asked?
We found this unusual picture on Facebook and asked the question. Our friend, neighbor and owner of Thai Jasmine, Pat responded with an interesting answer! Read on for an interesting Facebook conversation on this subject ...
Pat from Thai Jasmine: Fish trap. Think of a beaver damp, it is placed where there is opening and water is allowed to run, fish then get trapped in it. I used to make one of these long time ago.
Jayne Robinson: Amazing!! What is it made out of, please??
Pat from Thai Jasmine: bamboo
Jayne Robinson: Those pointy things are made out of bamboo, or part of the bamboo plant??
Pat from Thai Jasmine: Think of tomato support sold here. there are a few components, 1) long and stronger sticks that form the frame and 2) thinner more flexible thread that goes around the frame in circular manner. The opening is made right in the middle where the one way mount is placed. These components are made from bamboo.
We learn amazing, new things every day! Thanks, Pat!
First there were "man-caves" ... now there are "She-Sheds" !!
A Nice Little Get-Away?
Creativity in Decorating at it's Best!
Livin' Little - In Style!
Here's a Novelty, For Sure!
Take Me Away to ...
A Hidden Beach in Marietas Island in Nayrit
It's Pool Season! Enjoy it without the Pests!
The wasps are coming! And, this is the perfect recipe to get rid of the varmints! Fill container(s) with 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup of warm water, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt to trap and kill wasps ... with no harmful pesticides.
That's some BBQ Rig!
Two 300-ton, 30-meter tall sculptures
of horses' heads unveiled in Scotland
Dog Luxury - The Aquarium Doghouse
A glimpse into the not-so-distant future?
We could have made a fortune selling these this past winter!
Gotta Love Our Military Training!
Too Cute to Pass Up!
The Anatomy of an Iceberg
It’s worth also bearing in mind that most spiders actually prefer living outdoors – there is more food there for them. So with all the above in mind, we’ve researched and found ten ways to deter spiders from your home.
1) Keep up on cleaning. This is #1 for a reason, it’s because it may make the biggest difference. A clean home is less appealing to critters in general, giving them less places to hide, less things to eat, less food for the other bugs that spiders eat and so on.
The less there is for them to eat, the more likely they are to go somewhere else – and you may find that if you keep the place super clean, they simply move out of their own accord. Really thorough vacuuming will also clean up most eggs and also the eggs of other insects which may act as food for the spiders. Oh – and empty the vacuum afterwards / take the refuse outside the house. So start by giving your house a very thorough spring cleaning! Every drawer, cupboard and closet, top to bottom. And if you find spiders in the process you can catch them in a plastic tub or jar and put them outside.
2) Eliminate obvious “spider hangouts” outside the home. Have you noticed how if you are chasing a spider, they will dive under the nearest thing that offers protection? This is because they have an instinct to hide in places where bigger predators can’t get them and so they love to lurk under things or in cracks. See what you can do to eliminate these habitats from right outside your home. Spiders like to party in wood piles and vegetation – so you might want to consider moving such things a little way away from the house if you can.
3) Seal the cracks. It stands to reason that if there are no ways for them to get in, they won’t get in – and neither will things that they eat. So you could consider donning the caulk gun and a fresh tube and simply going around sealing up whatever cracks and holes you can. Obviously, if you live in an old house this task might be difficult to impossible. Check window screens also for holes and replace the mesh if it is torn (window screen mesh is fairly cheap and will also deter other flying insects). Also, see if there is anything you can do about doors and windows fitting well and having draft proofing.
4) Peppermint essential oil. This is now well documented and well known. We’ve written a page about it here: http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/spiders-hate-peppermint-essential-oils-as-insecticides-and-other-curious-tales/ You may also find other essential oils have a deterrent effect on spiders – try rose, eucalyptus and others. Bonus points if you can find one that works and smells amazing
5) Vinegar. This works in similar fashion to the peppermint essential oil, but the trade off is that while it’s super cheap, it doesn’t smell so nice. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water, and spray it around the cracks gaps and other places where spiders might enter your home.
6) Cats. Cats are renowned for pouncing on spiders – although they may simply play with them for a while before getting bored – depends on the cat.
7) Cedarwood chips. In addition to deterring moths, cedarwood chips are reported to deter spiders. So you could sprinkle them around the outside of the house – and also put them in cupboards or other places.
8) Citrus oils. Another natural deterrent. Use these in a similar fashion to the peppermint EO – add to some water and spray round the cracks and other places they get in or lurk.
9) Baking soda. Apparently they don’t like it and sprinkling a little around will act as a deterrent.
10) Chestnuts. Ok well we had to throw in at least one “weird” one. Apparently, chestnuts will deter them and putting them on windowsills or baseboards will deter them from lurking there. Is there any truth in this one? I don’t know and will have to wait until the fall to put it to the test!
Magnificent Chalk Art
Ponder this? Someone Actually Did This?
Unique View of the World!
HERE'S A MAGICAL WAY TO CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
This is the best way EVER to clean your windows! No drying is needed, and you won't have any spots or streaks on your window!
Here are the ingredients you need to use:
1/2 gallon warm water...
1 Tablespoon of liquid "Jet Dry"
2-3 Tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent or dish washing soap
Mix all of the ingredients above. Spray your windows down with your hose to get them wet then wipe or brush on the solution onto your windows, then immediately hose it off. That’s all there is to it and you're done. The remaining water just sheets off and you don't need to dry it off!
Just Saying ...
Did You Know??
A chinese food container is designed to open into a plate?
This is a GREAT idea!!
Tis the Season!
Go Cardinals !
The Future Rushie Limbaugh
Sing It Loud ... Sing it Proud!!
Ah Yes! Hunting Season is Here!
Dog Owners - Please Read!
A Natural Progression in Life?
There is Hope!
Amazed Yet ??
Wore Out Mom?
Advertise for a New Replacement!
Living in the Hands of God's
Things to do when you have wayyyyyy too much time available!
Goodyear Special of the Week!
Did You Know This???
This is an actual photo of lightening stricking the St. Louis Gateway Arch during a spring thunderstorm on 4/10/13.
The photo was taken with a Canon T3i camera, 10 second exposure.
It's Fishing Time
I'll Bring My Toys ... You Bring Yours!
When Will It All End?
Bringing 'Da Man' Out of 'Da Boy'!
On March 24, 2013
Over One Foot of Snow Fell in the St. Louis Area...
Our Readers Responded With...
We Couldn't Have Said It Any Better!
We Had A Long, Hard Winter?? Think Again!
Just Another Winter Weather Report ...
New York Weather Alert Update - 2/9/13
New York got two feet of snow!!!
Holiday Ho - Ho's !
Dear Santa...You've Done GREAT!
The Perfect "FIX" to an Occupational Problem!
This is Just Sooooo Wrong!!
A Halloween No-No!
Twisted humor, for sure!