Jen over at Sprite’s Keeper is brilliant with her Spin Cycle ideas each week. I’ve only participated a few times in the past, but have been wanting to join in the fun for some time, and this week she made it extra easy for everyone to do so. This week’s Spin Cycle is Recycle – recycle an old post from when you first started blogging when no one but your family read your blogs. I had only been blogging for a couple of weeks, and only about 3 times a week (if that) when I posted this. Since it’s fast approaching that time of year again, I thought it would be fun to share this particular post. Enjoy! 🙂

Originally posted September 27, 2008:

Fruit Flies and Soccer in the Rain

Fruit Flies are annoying! Seriously, they’re teeny tiny, and appear completely out of nowhere!

Today I finally bottled my Apple Wine that I’ve been bulk aging for the past year (turned out excellent, even Hovering Hubby likes it and he’s not a wine drinker…) and you would have thought I had sent out an engraved invitation for the Fruit Fly Nation to send armies of their best, most annoying members to descend upon my bottling venture! Annoying little buggers – but the most annoying of all was when I poured the last remnants of the fresh apple wine into a wine glass and didn’t cover it immediately – 3 of those little buggers zoomed in immediately and died as soon as they hit that wine…ugh! No glass of wine for me today! 😉

Ah well, at least the bottles are filled and corked, now I have to focus on making some really cool creative labels and finishing them off with shrink caps, too. Tomorrow will be Grape Wine bottling – 6 gallons to bottle, and then it’ll be time to transfer my 5 gallons of grapes that are fermenting nicely in the bucket over to a carboy. Then I’ll have to remember what those odd sounds are coming from my dining room when the new carboy joins the one I filled Friday with a new batch of Apple Wine actively fermenting at this very moment… 🙂

Princess Nagger had a great time watching the bottling process – she really, really wanted to help with the floor corker, but she had to stay behind the ‘invisible line’ I have at the entrance of my kitchen…both she and my hubby know not to cross that line when I’m ‘busy’ in the kitchen, either with cooking meals or making other stuff like wine or jam. I swear our next house will have a kitchen big enough to house an island so they can be ‘in’ the kitchen but behind the island so as not to get underfoot… 😉 My hubby was a doll and offered to go ‘fetch’ us some lunch so I didn’t have to stop what I was doing – the turkey wrap he got me was…interesting…but I ate it anyway because it was purchased with love…and I was hungry. 😉

It’s been raining all day so it’s been kind of a dreary one, but Princess Nagger was having a great time playing outside in between the rain. The sun would decide to come out for a peek, ramp up the humidity, then allow the clouds to cover it back up to add more rain. My plants and trees are all getting watered, so I’m happy. Princess Nagger invented a new game today – she was playing ‘soccer’, wearing flip-flops on her feet and her roller skates on her hands…yes, I know, I didn’t get it either, but she was having a blast so who am I to question her tactics?

Princess Nagger: “I’m playing Soccer in the rain!”

Me: “Well, that sounds normal…”

PN: “Why is it normal?”

Me: “Lots of people play soccer in the rain.”

PN: “Well, that’s probably why the soccer ball says ‘All Weather Play’ on it.”

To read more fun Recycled Posts, be sure to head over to Sprite’s Keeper… you’ll be glad you did!

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  1. Fruit flies, bring back fond (really) memories of 12th grade genetics class! We "raised" them to study genetic properties… I was a science geek is 12th grade (Botony, Genetics, Biology II and Physics)…. two of the four were with a teacher I had the BIGGEST crush on! Now that was a tangent wasn't it! That's what happens when I comment at 4am!

    Another great PN observation!

  2. I would have just picked the fruit flies out! I hate them. Mango season is hideous, fruit flies just hovering, waiting for you to hold your mango still enough for them to land on it. Or worse still landing on it just as you are putting a piece in your mouth! ICK!

  3. Kids are immune to the rain or snow!!! After about 18, snow and rain are just not fun any more!!

  4. Ugh, ditto. I had a fruit fly swarming my face this morning in the kitchen. Don't they know who they're messing with here?

    Soccer in the rain sounds slippery!

  5. I think that is so cool that you make wine! Still trying to wrap my head around it. Would be better off wrapping my hand around a glass instead.
    Great post, and PN is the brilliant one for all weather play! You're linked!

  6. Ya did it! You reached into the abyss and pulled one out. Good for you! I always say that I should go back and read people's early blog efforts but it's hard enough to keep up with the current day!

    Thanks for helping me out.

    Oh, and apple wine sounds mighty tasty!

  7. Cheater! My Google Reader said you had a new post, but that's not new. We can always read your archives if we want. I fine you a dollar.

  8. I had fruit flies and they actually laid eggs in the vegetable/prep sink in the kitchen. The sink doesn't get used much so I guess we didn't wash them down before they hatched? Anyway, we were over-run until I dumped some bleach down there, and then, VOILA! No more fruit flies!! Might be worth looking into…

  9. Apple wine sounds fantastic! Oh and yeah, those fruit flies can really get annoying!
    Your Princess Nagger sure comes up with the most interesting stuff. Soccer in the rain with flip-flops and roller skates? That must've been a priceless moment to capture 🙂

  10. I got some potting soil to repot some plants and it came with the lovely addition of fruit flies that have no inhabited my house all summer long.

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