Hello my awesome random peeps! So glad you honor me with your participation, even when I’m so easily distracted by shiny objects and visit sporadically. It’s a new month already! May Day – when I was a kid, we used to make conical vases with construction paper and ribbon, then fill them with fresh flowers from our flower beds (I’m pretty sure my mom gave us permission) then go hang them on our neighbors front door, ring the bell and run away – but hide nearby so we could watch their happy faces with the surprise May Day flowers.
Something like this:
Seems May Day has changed over the years, though – now it’s International Worker’s Day instead, though I think some European countries still do the May Day celebrations (dancing around the maypole and whatnot). I’m pretty sure the flowers to the neighbors fun was passed down from my Swedish great-grandmother, she loved all the old Scandinavian traditions I still love to reminisce about as well as practice with my kids.
Riffraff update – there’s been a mass exodus over the past week or so, so it appears that they are truly on their way out. The owner of the house and property gave them eviction notices (especially since the main renter didn’t have permission to sublet all the rooms and outbuildings). I kind of feel sorry for the owner, though – the riffraff did a number on the outbuilding that no one was supposed to be living in (no working toilet, no running water) as the side door is completely missing (so it’s wide open to the elements and wildlife), and the stained glass window has multiple broken panes. So sad when people simply don’t respect property that’s been around almost 100 years.
You’ll be happy to know that the animal droppings found in our yard turns out not to be bear poop – that’s a relief, actually. It’s deer poop – apparently their droppings have a different shape during the spring months, since they’re feasting on new young grass and foliage. We do see deer roaming about quite often, and I’d much prefer they be wandering through our yard vs. a bear.
I will have to figure out how to keep them from eating my grape vines when I plant those, though – we’re mapping out where I’ll be planting my mini vineyard like I did in our back 40 in Pennsylvania. Since our property is sloped, the grapes are going to flourish much better, since they’ll have better drainage (the back 40 in PA tended to flood during the rainy season). It’ll be great to have grapes at my fingertips for winemaking vs. having to order them online all the time. Of course I’ll still have to order online, too, because I’m not going to have the volume of grapes I’ll ultimately need, but growing grapes will add an extra element of fun.
Speaking of wine, check out this re-purposed piano someone turned into wine storage:
I thought that was super cool, but the $3000 price tag is a little rich for my blood. Plus, if I see someone giving away a piano for free, I might contemplate making one myself…heh!
I saw this on Facebook this week and it cracked me up:
I’m going to give the poster the benefit of the doubt and assume it was a joke for a kitchen hack.
If anyone was a Starsky and Hutch fan like I was (big time!) you might feel a tad bit old seeing a recent picture of Starsky, Hutch and Huggy Bear:
Here, this will crack you up:
As will this:
I thought this was pretty clever:
And finally, I’m going to leave this right here for you:
That’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome, random or not. And that means even if you don’t have a specific Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel post posted, you can still link up, I’m not picky. You don’t even have to add the badge, just link up so I can come harass you on your blog. I promise to play nice.
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Keeping the random alive (barely) – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:
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