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Coffee with a twist, eBay listing doldrums, missed Black Friday deal and of course some gardening.

Posted Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 9:50 AM

Watercress season again. Some exciting sandwiches and nutritious soup.
What a morning! Crisp, clear, (cold) and sunny. That called for a twist to my normal coffee, so I put a dab of honey, vanilla and hazelnut for a nice change of pace. Why? Just 'cause.

Cats are all back together and they along with the home pets, new stray puppy and birds are possibly eating better than me. Not that I want to eat dog or cat food, but they are getting more of the food budget this week.

Ever since my Turbo Lister listing tool took a dive last month, I have been in a listing "funk". The Turbo Lister debacle took three weeks to resolve. Luckily we did not update Deb's and she was able to keep on going. Finally got things working again and then I noticed that I was not "in the mood".

I had plenty of things to do each day and by the time evening hours came around, I was just washed out, so I used that as an excuse. It was just that though, an excuse. I am writing about it to try to get me kick-started again. I have about 400+ Christmas items that should have been listed a full month ago and they are still staring me in the face. I moved many of them next to my desk and I have to step around them each time I get up. Think it will work?

What will probably work it is to move my operation in front of a TV for this weekend's football games. Otherwise I know the temptation will be too great.

As some of you will recall, I gave my old digital camera to a young niece about a year ago. The intention was to replace it wit a Nikon D80 or D90 since I have a full compliment of lenses from the film days. Our daughter will probably end up with one of those first, so I lowered by sights to a 10-12 megapixel point and shoot that has good close-up, fast shutter speeds, and can fit in a holster on my hip so it is always available.

I spent the past few weeks comparing, analyzing and finally found a good sale for Black Friday. If you read the headline, you know, I missed it. Somehow 5:00 A.M. just did not work into my schedule. Now I wait to see if they repeat themselves. I wish well for all retailers, but if sales were not what they wanted, maybe I will get another shot.

If you were at Richard's last night, I guess you had a garden meeting, but our next scheduled meeting will be this coming Saturday (December 5th). I recently spent way too much time watering my our indoor plants, so it may be time to bring more giveaways. IF I HAD A CAMERA, I would show some plants and you would know if you want to attend and try your luck at our drawings.

Some need to be divided, so I have some work to do. Speaking of work, I just went outside to explain to the new puppy why she does not want to eat up some mats we have out there. Yes, she has several chew toys available to her. The day is warming up so fast and it is soooo pretty out there that I just NEED to do something outside. Maybe a little bush-hogging, maybe splitting some wood, more leaf gathering to spread on the garden beds, maybe........ Oops, there goes my listing day again. Maybe even the football games!

Yikes! The new pup (Shirley to my wife) (T-Bone to me since she arrived on Thanksgiving Day) is chewing on the house now. Another trip outside turned into a 30 minute distraction, but she is now chewing on the chew toy, saving the house for dessert?

It took 30 minutes because I decided to dust her with diatomaceous earth (dust) to control fleas and ticks less expensively than the spot treatments. That took me into the greenhouse where a few plants grabbed me for water. If I was going to draw water, I might as well draw hot water for dishes. (It takes about 1.5 gallons to get it hot). Well, then I had to do dishes, right? Wham, 30 minutes gone.

If I keep writing.......... I'm gone for a while.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the woodpile.

Before I get to that, I want to revisit a comment I made about diatomaceous earth. If you want to try this flea treatment, use food grade, NOT the grade that is used for swimming pools. The extra quality allows you to rest easy about your pets licking their fur.

This is actually used as a feed additive to control intestinal parasites in animals, so a little licking should not hurt. If anyone knows of contradicting reports on this grade of DE, please add your thoughts and info.

I could not find any leaves to collect in Bell Buckle today and instead of splitting wood, I cut some of the longer pieces collected and some blackberry bushes that were getting out of hand and not producing either. Then I headed to the "back 40" to get my bush-hogging done.

On the way back down the hill is when I got my surprise by the woodpile. I had a new 10" diameter tree on the wrong side of the pile!

A limb (10") broke off a maple tree and apparently other tree limbs straightened it up so that it hit straight into the dirt and supported itself. It looked straighter that some of the trees next to it.

When I checked the tree it came from, it was apparent that it had died as well, so I had to drop that one also. The diameter of this was about 18-20" so it had been there a while. I may count rings to see just how old.

I moved my computer to the kitchen so I can watch games and list eBay, but STILL NOTHING IS LISTED. Right now I am using one hand because one of our cats is half on the keyboard. I have to move a paw now and then to get to a key. If I left what he had typed, you would have though I lost it. (more than usual)

He just wiped the screen clear but somehow opened another window, so all was not lost.

The stray cats by the way are doing well. All were there today. I am having to bring water since it has not rained much lately. Something has to give.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 6:11 PM

Where do you get your food grade DE?

I've just run out of our old supply and I can't recall where we got it.

If I'm to stick to my budget,I can't risk browsing in the wrong store,thumbing through the wrong catalog or perusing the wrong website.

(As I've heard the youngsters say,I get distracted by shiny things.)

I'm doing my best to think of one good,affordable gift for each person on my list,and ignore everything else out there.

(Wish me luck. It's the same old hassle of too many choices or none at all.)

Give my regards to the voracious Shirley T. Bone and the rest of your household-and good luck with your tasks.

(Maybe,you could train the cats to type your listings for you?

If they had a legitimate reason to be on the keyboard all day,they might avoid the computer,too.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Nov 29, 2009, at 7:35 AM

I like teaching the cats. Sammy is pretty easy going and he loves to type.

I was counting on rain today to keep me in the house, but it was way too nice after church, so back outside. I did hold back on painting (awhhh shucks.

The local feed stores might have the food grade since it can be added to animal feed. If not the internet abounds with places. Some of the regular garden supply houses will have it but I find them expensive and far enough away that shipping makes a difference.

This site looks reasonable http://www.biconet.com/pets/fossilShell.... and it is out of Franklin so maybe shipping will not be too much..

Here is a good page that explains more about DE. http://perma-guard.com/fossilshell.html There is only one distributor for these folks listed in Franklin, but maybe they sell other places in Tennessee.

OK, enough, I am going to start some listing.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 29, 2009, at 3:50 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.