I was going to premiere my new blog makeover/name today. But Mother Nature decided she’d thwart those plans with a thunderstorm to start off the weekend. Sure, it was on Thursday night, but for some reason our internet and phone weren’t affected until Friday. And Saturday. Two days without internet or phone. I could blame Mother Nature, but I’m pointing the finger at Verizon’s ineptitude instead.
I’m still trying to figure out how to move things and make it seamless – give me a few days and I’ll (hopefully) have it figured out. (Harriet, I’ll probably be emailing you!) As long as Mother Nature eases up on the thunderstorms we’re supposed to have today, or Verizon wises up. But you at least get a teaser – here’s a graphic that was created by none other than our extremely talented hostess of Random Tuesday Thoughts, Keely:
Isn’t it great? I love it and have been having lots of fun incorporating it into graphics for the new template. It’ll be worth the wait. Trust me.
Meanwhile, in spite of the lack of online or phone access to start our weekend off, it was sunny and hot all weekend long, so we got a lot of things done out in the yard. Princess Nagger accompanied me on my bi-monthly grocery shopping on Saturday, and we had to make a small detour to Toys R Us to pick up a ‘reward’ for her doing something she promised to do for 14 days straight:
She really wanted this kiddie pool. At least it was better than the slip’n’slide she had her eye on that has horrendous reviews. Though this one might be a close second in the bad review arena. But Princess Nagger was happy, and that’s what mattered most. The first day (Saturday) she had a lot of fun splashing around and keeping cool in the heat, so she didn’t mind so much that the basketball hoop had a hole in it right out of the box and wouldn’t inflate:
There’s a place on the arch you connect the hose to have a sprinkler spraying all around the arch and keeping the inflatable slide wet for a ‘water slide’, but when you connect the hose it pulls the arch over a bit and renders it useless. So she opted not to have a water slide. The arch kept losing air so by the end of the day on Saturday it was relegated to the shed. Princess Nagger still had a great time splashing around and practicing the swim moves she learned in swim class:
By Monday the only thing still inflated was the pool itself. Which worked for Princess Nagger to cool off after she helped me weed the flower beds.
We cooked on the grill the entire weekend. Since the summer heat arrived quite early, it was a nice break to not slave over a hot stove in the hot kitchen. Burgers and dogs on Saturday, ribs and corn on the cob on Sunday, and steak and mushrooms with corn on the cob on Monday. Those are some of the few things Princess Nagger will actually eat in their entirety. And she loved helping do all the prep. I’ll post the killer recipes later this week or next. They. are. Awesome. Don’t these ribs look scrumptious?
I forgot to take a picture after I unwrapped the corn – I was too hungry. I made a dry rub and cooked the ribs in the oven first before we threw them on the grill and slathered them with barbecue sauce. The meat was literally falling off the bone. They were delicious! I promise to post the recipe soon.
Update on our Weasel Wars – we’re leaving him/her alone for now. I think he/she will be my new best friend. Because we spied a rat scarfing up some bird seed under the feeders. And we witnessed her enter and exit not just from one hole, but from another she dug smack dab in the middle of the grass (and we’re assuming it’s a ‘her’ because she kept collecting bird seed then disappearing into a hole she dug under the grape arbor – we’re assuming she’s taking food back to babies. Ugh.)
Hubby set up his video camera and got some great footage – I’ll pull some pictures later to post. He even covered up her holes with more dirt, but we watched her dig her way out and create what looks like a mole hill under the grape arbor. My hubby’s music buddy stopped by Sunday and thought it was a gopher, until he spied the long rat tail.
The voles seem to have disappeared, probably into the belly of the weasel, now hopefully the rat will become his next meal. Meanwhile I trimmed my rose bushes yesterday, so I stuffed thorny branches into the holes. I know, I’m mean. But it’s a rat, people!
And now, the weekly picture of the pond:
Notice how nice the stream looks now? Hubby spent some time on Saturday reorganizing the flagstone on either side and moving some of the ground cover from my other flower bed to replace those that the dogs dug up. Now that the invisible fence excludes the pond and the stream, it’s going to flourish! It was exactly one year ago this past weekend we decided to dig up the ground between the apple tree and the pond to add a stream. Stop back by tomorrow to see the before and after pictures!
Head over and visit Keely at The Un-Mom for some fun randomness and get your own Random on!