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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

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
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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.html 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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