Milk Paint

By: calpoppy , 12:46 AM GMT on May 28, 2013

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Milk paint has been around for hundreds of years. It is really made of milk or cottage cheese and uses natural pigments. Those pigments could be soot, charcoal, crushed brick or come from the earth. Milk paint is made from curdled milk, lime and pigment and comes in powered form. You can then mix it with water to get the consistency you want.



The neat think about milk paint is the ability to use two colors one over each other to create your own unique look. Used on antique furniture to give it that old look, it is best used on old wood, not new. Another neat thing about milk paint is it is not toxic! You could dump the unused paint in your garden if you want. Also it can be used a lot in baby furniture or on things you want to be non-toxic.





I first learned about milk paint when we were ordering our farm table. We wanted old barnwood for the wood and found a company in Pennsylvania that does it. They also use milk paint on some of their furniture. We went ahead and had part of the farm table benches painted in milk paint. So I thought I could do this to a few old benches we had. They were originally used as a hatch for a boat. Mr. P got them in the late 1960’s so they are OLD wood!!

I painted the benches and then we put together are sun and moon garden, or sitting area, LOL!





We still aren’t done as we need to finish the walkway and I am putting in Torch cactus between the planters.

We did use the paint on these cement chimney inserts that I use as planters, the pups were very willing to leave their paw prints in the paint, and being non-toxic it was allowed!



Now look at a professional job of milk paint, one of our farm table benches.


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69. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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68. calpoppy
1:36 PM GMT on June 24, 2013
Hi Bug! I could go on one big rant about people dumping animals!!! Or abandoning them which happened to alarming frequency during all the repos. So many animals left in garages!!! And found later dead by the people hired by the banks to fix up the houses for re-sale. Or just left in the yard. I heard way to many stories from both the animal control guy I know and the workers that were at these houses. A guy at work kept hearing a dog barking and whining. He went over to investigate and found the house totally vacant and a very hungry young dog by himself. Now the dog has a great home with him.

We had a total of nine dogs when Mr. P and I first got together. 5 were his and 4 were mine. Almost every one were desert dumps. Some as in Rocky and Bear's case were severely abused, Rocky only had use of three legs. He should have been called Tripod, LOL! But they all had happy lives with us and most all except for Rocky got over their problem lives.

Glad you saved Gus, I always think the abandoned ones make the best dogs and cats!

Hi GG! Thanks for the hugs, we needed them!!! It certainly is quiet without that old girl. Sometimes when dogs get old and deaf they bark a lot, and Shadow I nicknamed Miss barksalot! She didn't hear us when we called so we would flash the porch light off and on, and in she would come. Mostly she loved to bark at the yotes!!

Hi Karen! I didn't know that Sadie was a rescue. There are many dog hoarders out here in the desert. We had a couple many years ago that had 40 dogs near us. Can you imagine, 40 dogs! Not in kennels either, nor were they fixed!!! Animal control gave them a certain amount of time to find homes, and they found many homes for them, but the rest were taken in by the county.

Many times especially when dogs are around 6 months old and get abused, the symptoms of that abuse never really leaves. That seems to be the age where if bad things happen to them it remains a fairly permanent memory. And the abuse is sometimes by the other dogs, especially if there isn't enough food for all.

About the strawberries, if they are really moths they don't eat the fruit. Is the fruit eaten where it is laying on the ground? I would still look for pillbugs as they like to hide in the soil. Or mice could be another culprit. Pepper spray would help deter the bugs, and probably the mice too. Maybe add some garlic to that spray. That would be more for rodent control. Bird are another critter that love strawberries. They would clean out my strawberry patch up in the mountains.

If Sadie gets real bad with her itching, I know a lot of vets will give the pups prednisone. It does help a lot but there is many side effects with it also.

Time soon for a new blog, this one is all wore out, LOL! Maybe tomorrow, I get a whole weekend, no jobs! Now what am I going to do!!!! Don't know what to do with so much free time, LOL!
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67. SBKaren
7:39 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
CP - that is a beautiful picture of Shadow - what an absolutely beautiful dog! I started thinking after I left here the other day that 14 years is a long time for a large dog. I hear that 10-12 is pretty average. You must have given her a very good life.

My Sadie still shows her scars of being a rescue. I don't know the definite details of her past other than some guy out in the desert wanted to save all the strays. He had a ranch and had many, many dogs in what I guess you would call stalls. When he fed them, he'd put the food in a bowl and they would all attack it. When we first brought Sadie home she literally swallowed her food without chewing it. It took her about a week to learn that the food in the bowl was all hers.

She was also very skittish. She still is to some degree. She's great on a leash and I take her off leash for some parts of our walk, but if we walk on the sidewalk with a dog approaching us, she'll veer into the street to avoid the oncoming dog. That's why I put her back on leash, besides the fact we have a leash law in town! She doesn't trust other dogs very much, although she had no trouble with our little Missy girl.

she still has some anxiety issues. She licks and chews on herself sometimes so much that she pulls the hair right out. I've tried everything in the book, different foods, different additives, brushing, baths, not brushing, no baths, sprays, but I can't seem to put my finger on the culprit or the answer.

OK - time to move on to the strawberries. Someone is eating the fruit. I made a new batch of my pepper spray. I've used it before and the stuff I had was so old that it wasn't working. I steep red chili pepper flakes in water, let it cool, strain them off and then use the spray on my veggies. I hear any varmints that try to eat the fruit will quickly learn to leave it alone. I'll let you know if it works. I've never seen a pill bug anywhere near the strawberries, but when I brushed them today little white moths were flying out!

I have used the pepper spray before successfully so I thought I'd give it another try.
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66. GardenGrrl
7:22 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
Calpoppy, so sorry to hear of your loss. 14 years is a long time to have a dog be part of the family. And what a beautiful dog she was too. Hopefully Tag and Tess have learned the important things from her. Guess I'm glad it sounded quick and not painful and lingering. That is a really hard decision to make.

You made a difference in her life and she made a difference in yours.

(((Hugs to You and Mr. P)))
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65. palmettobug53
7:09 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
My, what big ears you have!

Bless her heart.

I hate people that just dump animals. It's a good thing I've never caught someone in the act, as I've a feeling I'd get my butt whupped after I confronted them.

I often ask Gus, "I wish you could tell me how you ended up on the street." He just blinks at me and purrs.

You and I did our small part in taking in an abandoned animal.
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64. calpoppy
5:14 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
Hi Bug! Thanks! She sure lived a longer life then if Mr. P hadn't found her and her 3 sisters out in the middle of nowhere!! Somebody dumped the 4 pups out there, left a bowl of food and water.

Hi SP! We are still surprised that she died, it all happened so quickly!

Hi Karen! I have ordered that book, it might make a fine airplane book since my trip is in July!

Are they eating the fruit or the leaves? If it is the fruit pillbugs do a good job on eating the fruit. If it is the foliage take a picture and I will see if I can diagnosis on line, LOL!

Hi Ylee! The pups were the first to go into the straw dog house that Shadow was in, their tails were wagging in anticipation of greeting her, and then their tails just stopped and they left right away. That is when we knew for sure. They got to sniff her, which we believe is important for them.

Hi WTS! I feel like she has always been here! Very sad to lose that girl!

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63. WatchinTheSky
4:19 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
That's sad about Shadow, it's tough when they are in the family for so long. The pups have their work cut out filling the void, but I know they are up to it :)
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62. Ylee
10:13 PM GMT on June 22, 2013
Cal, I'm sorry to hear that about Shadow. She was a grand old dog, wasn't she? At least she went quick! Do the pups understand what happened?

Take care!
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61. SBKaren
10:07 PM GMT on June 22, 2013
CP - I was so sorry to hear of Shadow :( It's so hard to loose a life friend.

You must read the book about the dog. You'll be able to relate to it a lot. Especially now.

I'm enjoying our lovely beach weather, although I hear Mr. Eddy is going to make a heavy return for Monday and Tuesday. Might be the days I work on my school stuff. We'll see.

What would eat strawberries? I swear I see little white moths coming out of my plants. I'm thinking white fly, but they aren't making the white gook they make on our hibiscus. Do you know?
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60. sp34n119w
7:06 PM GMT on June 22, 2013
Oh, I'm so sorry for you both. Good that she was able to make her way at home.
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59. palmettobug53
6:46 PM GMT on June 22, 2013
Awwww.....

I'm so sorry, Cal and Mr. P.

I know ya'll gave her the best life possible, after such an unauspicious beginning.
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58. calpoppy
6:36 PM GMT on June 22, 2013
Our old girl Shadow died last night. The last of our pack of nine, and the alpha of the pack. She was good in the morning and when I got home from work, well I knew she was dying. She was the last of the four pups that Mr. P found by the creek 14 years ago. She gave Mr. P the greatest of gifts by going by herself so he didn't have to help her. I am not sure he could have because they were so close to each other.

We love you Shadow!!!!!
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57. calpoppy
3:12 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Hi SP! I will certainly be glad to give you five degrees, the tomatoes will still be fine :) . I hope you have a fun summer, and stop by to tell us about it!!!

Hi Bug, hope you had a neat birthday today!! I love Joe Pye Weed!! Darn those beetles! They do have Japanese beetle traps that work on pheromones, plus there are a million homemade remedies to get rid of them. Joe will probably come back from the attack, it is one tough plant.

Hi Briar! Do you have to worm your cats after they dine on cottontail??

I am so glad we don't have slugs!!! I grew up with those giant banana slugs in the northwest, ick, yech and totally gross!!!! My friend up in Poulsbo sent me a banana slug

magnet, I didn't know what it was for years, lol!

You don't really hate cats, you are the cat women of WUville!!!

Hi WTS! Good idea on the web cam for the Guineas!!! Exciting nature show. We might get a little ill watching it though as their head bobs when they eat and that is a lot of the time.

Hi Ylee! A fawn in the road, that would be sad if someone hit it. I know deer are a pain, like giant rabbits that can wreck your car if you hit them. But I like them ;)

Does the repellent work on them, cause I haven't seen any repellent work on the critters out here!!!

Hi GG! Gardening with chiggers sound awful, I guess I will take the squirrels. They haven't bit me yet!!!

I made my first bonsai attempt with our native junipers, got it wired probably similar to what you did with the rosemary. We will have to share pictures. I ordered Japanese crabapple seeds and will start them in the winter. A cold strat is needed to get the seeds to germinate. I decided they will make a far better bonsai then a cherry tree.

I have several rosemary that I planted in chimney inserts, they cascade down the insert so you don't see it anymore, pretty cool!

Can't watch the NBA final the channel is cutting in and out. Darn antenna!!



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56. GardenGrrl
10:10 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Well today after re-spraying a gardening outfit with the insect repelling clothing spray, slathering myself with DEET, think I got through yard work without anymore chigger bites. Hard to tell, my lower middle looks like I have chicken pox.

Started an attempt at turning a rosemary bush into a bonsai like creation. Wired about half of the branches to lean forward and down. Maybe it will look better as it grows into those shapes.

Washed my hands several times, showered, my hands still smell strongly of rosemary. Guess I should eat some fried chicken with my hands, it will smell like it has fancy seasoning ;)
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55. Ylee
6:45 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Saw a fawn by his lonesome in the middle of the road today, near my house! He managed to scurry away before I got too close!

All this talk reminds me I need to buy some deer repellent before my corn starts to tassle!

Hope work has been kind so far!
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54. WatchinTheSky
6:34 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Maybe GG can train the stupid dripline eater to chase away the stupid cardinal eater ;) That would be half a solution..
Somehow, I don't think BC hates cats - but cats in the garden, well that's a different matter and I can completely sympathize with misappropriation of certain areas as a catbox!!
Guineas roaming the neighborhood, hmmm, maybe attach cameras, might make great video :) If they can put a cam on a peregrine ;)
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53. BriarCraft
9:06 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Interesting reading how you've been continuing the pups' training. That was quite a fun chase Tess had with the doe. Good thing your whistle is loud enough to be heard a mile or so away.

Slugs and bunnies and cats are my current enemies. My big orange cat, Charlie, caught and ate one half-grown rabbit yesterday, but there are dozens more where that one came from. Slugs, well you probably don't see too many of them around Llano, but there are baby slugs all over the place around here, due to the continuing cool weather. Then there are the cats, who think my garden is a giant litter box... Grrrr! I hate cats!
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52. GardenGrrl
3:44 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Good to know Tess and Tag are coming along whistle and ride wise. Well trained dogs you can travel with are gold.
As for the insect and critter war, darn the need to use things besides DDT. Eventually will find something more effective and less labor intensive than bug soap and hand picking.
As for furry critter nemesis, the other morning the neighbors cat (stupid cardinal eater) and the bunny (stupid drip line eater) were both hanging out in my yard together. The bunny is larger than the cat.
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51. palmettobug53
1:09 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
I do declare, I think I heard someone mention Capt. Picard. Quick, the smelling salts! lol

Coole story about Tess and the doe. I must have been elsewhere, if you've told it before.

My squirrel war is about over; we've got a detente going on.

My current war is with the Japanese beetles. I've never had any problems with the little buggers. In fact, I don't think I'd ever even seen one.

I noticed a few weeks ago that something was nibbling on my little Joe Pye weed I bought a year ago. I couldn't figure out what it was. I checked it for bugs and didn't see any. I figured it was a passing grasshopper.

But each day, more and more of the leaves were gone, with nothing left but the spine and veins.

Got to rummaging around online and when I saw the phrase, "Skeletonized leaves," my attention was caught. Sure enough, that's what it is. It was like the title of a zombie movie: They Feed At Night.

So, I've been hopping outside in my nightgown, insecticial soap sprayer in one hand, flashlight in the other, doing my ambush and attack dance.

I haven't seen any in two nights but the poor plant is about gone.
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50. sp34n119w
8:39 PM GMT on June 18, 2013
Oh, I'm glad you retold the doe story here - I enjoyed it :)
The ongoing training is interesting to read about. I'm sure they'll both get the hang of it all.

Hey, I'll take five of your degrees, if you and the tomatoes can spare them! Sun's out today - don't think there was much if any marine layer overnight - but it still is far from hot!
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49. calpoppy
7:17 PM GMT on June 18, 2013
Hi GG! I feel like I have been stuck on a side of a mountain, LOL! One job done, whew!! One just shy of being done, one is in limbo, and one started today! No jobs in the future at least for right now.

During my time at home (which is limited right now) we have been working on Tag and Tess' car sickness. We have been going up to the different canyons up the road here. This was day three and they did great, in fact not one vomiting pup in the past three days!!!

I told SP the story but in case you didn't read her blog here it is.

On day one of our fun car trips for the pups, we stopped and went hiking with them. In a grove of Pinon Pines there were 5 deer day beds. While we were admiring them Tag and Tess went to check out another Pinon Pine and kicked up a deer. A beautiful healthy doe! Off went Tess and Tag for the chase. Tag came back, but not Tess. We saw the deer and the Tess crest a hill and then they were out of sight. We have trained them to a whistle, four short blasts means come. Seven minutes later here comes Tess. There have been many a dog lost for good to a deer chase. Whistle training is a must when your out in the woods off leash!

There is much much more training to be done. We take the opportunity to train every day.

Veggie garden is coming along, and I actually have larkspur blooming. We have managed to keep the squirrels out of the garden!! Perfect temps for tomatoes.

Changed soil in all my African violets, has been needed for a few months now :( They all got haircuts and their necks buried in the soil. Nothing uglier then a long necked violet, LOL!

Barnyard is well, all fowl are still alive! Guineas visit our neighbors up the road every day, and where else they go we just don't know. But we don't see them very often any more. Which is fine by me!

Break time is up! Everyone have a great week!!!
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48. GardenGrrl
9:55 AM GMT on June 18, 2013
Hey where you at? Stuck on the side of a mountain yard xeriscaping?
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47. calpoppy
2:58 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Let's try this again, first tess then my phone!

Hi SP! Thanks for the Alexie tweet. Picard was always the cool captain of the enterprise. As we always do with authors we like we now have stacks of alexie books.

I am going to quit while I seem to be ahead.

Bye!!! :-)
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46. calpoppy
2:51 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Tess jumped in my lap and I lost my next post.

Hi Ylee! Don't like your heat index! It means humidity and I don't do humidity!

Brody is the charmer with the older ladies, the little blonde is three.

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45. calpoppy
12:12 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Hi Briar! Thank you for the recipe. I am pretty sure if we had one of these squirrels for dinner we would be into the dogs worming medication!!

We are trying to teach the pups to go after squirrels, rabbits I don't mind, squirrels I do.

Brody is a big toddler, not even two! Luckily the driver was an older woman, she it's three.

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44. sp34n119w
10:21 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
Brody looks soooo suave! Just needs the right hat :)

Sorry about the squirrels. If I had the time I'd offer to help - although it would make me sad, I could use the target practice, lol

I was going to ask about the rat man and how he's doing. It's been awhile since that show aired. I feel bad (and not a little sympathy) for hoarders and their housemates.

Happened across @Sherman_Alexie on Twitter today and scanned his tweets. Thought this one from last month was clever:
"In capitalism, every corporation is The Borg and every individual is Captain Picard."
I always wanted to be Picard ;)
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43. Ylee
9:31 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
That Brody's a smooth mover, isn't he? See how he's trying to put his arm around that little girl? ;' )

Try to keep your cool in all that heat; I'm trying my best as well, as it's 94 with 105 heat index! Is it too soon to start wishing for October? :' )
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42. GardenGrrl
10:02 AM GMT on June 12, 2013
Wow Cody is big. He can't be 6 already.
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41. BriarCraft
11:44 PM GMT on June 11, 2013
Here's a recipe I posted over at Ylee's place awhile back, when the topic moved to varmint recipes (don't ask me why!).

BarBecued Limb Rat

3 -4 squirrels
salt and pepper
water

Directions:
1) skin and leave whole.
2) add salt and pepper.
3) put in deep pan, put about 1/2 inch water in pan.
4) cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, well covered.
5) take sauce (see below) and pour over squirrels.
6) cook uncovered for 30 minutes.

SAUCE
1/2 cup grated onion
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce
lemon, juice of
3 tablespoons mustard (of choice)
1/2 cup blackberry wine (any brand)

Directions:
1) cook for about 30 minutes.
2) put wine in after you cook sauce.

Then again, maybe you can teach the girls to develop a taste for fresh squirrel. Sometimes there just aren't enough 'yotes and raptors to take care of a rodent problem. I sent my two biggest cats outside yesterday, admonishing them, "Go kill the wabbit!" when I spotted a cottontail sitting in the courtyard grooming himself. They were both too lazy either to catch it or send it packing. Guess maybe I need to invest in a .22 and develop a taste for rabbit. Not!
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40. calpoppy
1:39 PM GMT on June 11, 2013
It is transfer season for the Coast Guard. Lots of farewell parties and hugs!! What is neat about the people who serve in the Coast Guard is when many of them transfer they take it as a big adventure! Many of them either bought or rented motor homes to make the trek to their next station a big vacation.

Many of them will meet up at the next station or see each other 4 years down the line at another station. Because so many of them are a long ways from their families the Coast Guard people are their families!

My son and his family have another year in Kodiak, in which my DIL is a little reluctant to leave. She likes the small town feel and does not want to go to the big city right away. She has also gotten use to the cool temps!

Jobs are coming around, but a bit on the stressful side! Need to calm down about the things I can not control, like INSTALLERS!!! Grrrrr!!!! Now I can calm down, LOL!

A little cooler this week, hurray!!! Garden is looking good despite some squirrel damage, we will get those numbers down, soon I hope. Greenhouse is a little bare, but that is fine. I will use it more in the winter this year.

Have a good week!!!
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39. calpoppy
1:19 PM GMT on June 10, 2013
Hi Karen! Thanks for the book recommendation!!! I will order that very soon. my kind of book. Also I plan to read the Stephen King book.

Cooler here today, a wind came up. I saw smoke to the east of us yesterday and there is a fire north of Banning.

Hi Ylee! Our California ground squirrels can be aggressive too, maybe I should change the name and post this sign! You can't believe how much dirt they can dig out of the ground, you'd think they were the size of groundhogs not squirrels.

Yesterday was a wonderful day in Kodiak, so my DIL took advantage of it with Brody and went down to Jewel beach. Here is a pic of Brody and friend. It is just way to cute!!!

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38. Ylee
10:05 AM GMT on June 10, 2013
Sounds like you need a sign like this one, cal!



Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep them in check!
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37. SBKaren
6:06 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
I know you wish you had some Eddie- and believe me, I'd gladly send you some. I didn't have to whine at all in May - if we had marine layer, it always cleared. Since June began we've had a few days of no clearing at all. I don't know if you are on Facebook or not, but a lot of my local friends are already complaining ! LOL Glad I'm not the only one that doesn't care for it! It's actually getting downright chilly too! Oh well, this is actually a typical June, and look....it's giving me time to catch up on the computer. I'm getting photos off from events I took a couple of weeks ago!

I'm going to post some odd blooming plants in Bug's blog. So later today, or the next time you are on, take a look!

I finished Stephen King's book 11/22/63. I really enjoyed it. It is a step away from his other books. I could hardly put it down. Just a warning - it is a big book - 849 pages. I always had to sit up and hold it in my lap. I could never lay down and read it in bed - too big!

My new book is A Dog's Purpose. You might like this one too! This one will be a quick read!
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36. calpoppy
5:50 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
Hi WTS! Those fruitless plants many times are not fruitless. They just don't produce as much. You can spray with a hormone spray when it flowers, and that will stop the majority of fruit. I believe Monterey makes one that is for mistletoe but can also be used on olives.

The 'fruitless plum' is another mis named plant as it gets loaded with delicious fruit, like a cross between a cherry and a plum.

That garden caprese salad sounds soooo good!!!!

Hi Ylee! Most definitely a rough few days, water came yesterday. So I am been around the yard and chucking the dead things (not many) and re- thinking the greenhouse. It is going to be one loooong summer and we are not liking how much we are paying for water. So I threw away many of my greenhouse plants. My choice of work and our water situation is an oxymoron, lol!!!

Hi Bug, I think the hat or coatrack would be cool. If I think of a way to mount them that won't require a hardware store full of tools I will sure let you know. Maybe Ylee will lend you some barnwood off of the house.

That was one embarrassing episode! We went up to the neighbors to watch it and every time they put Llano up on the screen we cringed!!!! Oh well Llano has some very odd people but it does make it interesting. Maybe that could be a potential blog, lol!!!

Hi GG! Took Mr. P quite awhile to catch up on the watering. I was going to send you a pic of your larkspur plants blooming but another squirrel ate all the buds off again!!!!!! Second time, I wonder if they will try again. Grrrrr!!!

The summer of the squirrel and not the cute ones like Shorts, the ugly California ground squirrel, harbinger of the plague!! So we are back shooting them, sorry everyone we really dislike harming anything but there are probably 75 on our 5 acres!!!!!!! So we give them to the coyotes and ravens.

A little cooler today, yea!!!!




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35. palmettobug53
2:57 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
OMIGOD! I saw that episode! I'd never seen so many rats in my entire life.

I think it started off as a few pet rats and, with their breeding habits and the fact that he didn't separate the sexes, it just exploded into Rat Heaven.

Did you ever get your water delivered?
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34. GardenGrrl
10:21 AM GMT on June 09, 2013
Hope you get your water soon. Very interesting that your water guy is a celebrity of sorts. Had a number of hoarders when I was an inner-city apartment building caretaker.
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33. palmettobug53
4:43 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
Hi, Cal. My set of horns are about the size of the ones on that hatrack. Nothing like longhorns. Just regular cow horns.

I really ought to come up with some way to mount and hang them. Don't have a woodshop or many tools. I'll have to think about it a bit. Seems a shame to just shove them someplace and not display them.
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32. Ylee
4:37 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
cal, I'm sorry to hear of your water issues; is it too late for me to get my mule team hitched? :' ) I know you all have to conserve, but I'm sure it's hard when it's 100 outside! :(

I'm not sure what kind of wood it is. It may be locust, as it's decay and insect resistant, and there's lots of them around here. I think my aunt(who grew up in the house, and remembered it being built)said it was locust.

That outhouse is more rustic, but it's still fancy! :' )
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31. WatchinTheSky
4:34 AM GMT on June 08, 2013
Yes, nice to have Eddie around for a while. Just over the 'hill' in Borrego it was 116 today, they have set records last 3 or 4 days, whew!
I've got a question for the nursery expert. We bought what was tagged as a 'fruitless' olive tree 5-7 years ago. It was a 3-5 gallon plant, now is 10 feet tall. Last year we chuckled at the 2 or 3 olives that showed up. This year it is loaded! Do you think it was mislabeled or do they sometimes become 'fruited'?
We had our first garden caprese salad today with sun golds and basil and of course that special mozzarella lol.
Hope your water is in time, yikes!
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30. calpoppy
3:23 AM GMT on June 08, 2013
Hi GG! Antlers make cool art! My old pack would find shed antlers and even hooves and legs on our hikes! I want to make a spray (I think that is what it is called) with dried flowers and antlers. Shore had a picture of one on her blog and I really liked it.

Hi WTS! Good to see you!! I wish eddie would visit me, it was 100 today, yech!!!!

I have ripe Sungolds and ripe Champions but no ripe Viva Italias, just one beautiful bush with lots of green maters.
The pups are all healed, even Tess whose spayed scar looks a little like a railroad track now!! Never had a pup ever do what Tess did with her stitches!!!

Hi Ylee! Keep all that wood, even with nail holes, there is always wood filler!! You could do this with the wood.



Actually furniture would be cool, the very top picture on my blog is made of reclaimed barnwood.

Do you know what kind of wood it is??

We are having a water shortage :((( We called our delivery guy and he never got back to us. We are down to 2 feet in the tank, yikes!!! Had to call another company and they won't deliver until tomorrow. My plants are looking really bad, luckily they are heavily mulched and should recover. With a 5000 gallon tank we can't call to early or it won't fit so it is always critical that the company delivers on a timely basis.

Our water delivery guy was on the show Hoarders a couple of year ago, he had 2500 rats in his house!! Slightly crazy, and a heavy drinker, the rats were his friends. Luckily the water we get comes from his well, not his house, LOL!!!

LLano is a different kind of place :))

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29. Ylee
6:32 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
Hi, cal! I like the cow horn hat rack! My grandmother's old house was built with green lumber, so now, along with the fact that the wall ar out of kilter, it's covered in barn wood! Don't know, when the time comes to take the house down, to save the wood or not. It's full of nails from the asphalt siding that's on it!

Any ideas?
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28. WatchinTheSky
5:10 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
Hi! That's a cool motorsickle! A little creativity goes a long way :)
Looks like you are warming up a bit, We are being visited by Coastal Eddie and are staying cool (actually seasonal!) Maybe that is slowing the maters down. Only the SunGolds are ripening so far. You already picked Viva Italia? I think my other Roma is just starting to turn. Pups are all healed? have a fun weekend!
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27. GardenGrrl
5:36 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
One of the nice things about being out in the country is that you can find lots of cool stuff to make art pieces with. Antlers make great door handles too if you can keep the pups from chewing them.
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26. calpoppy
2:42 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Bug, here is an idea for the cow horns! LOL!



I think this next one is pretty cool, and would be easy to make!!



I like unique things, especially if they don't cost a whole lot!!!
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25. palmettobug53
1:08 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Now THAT is cool, Cal!

I've got a couple of cow horns that I'd like to do something with. Just what, I have no idea. They're not as interesting as the antlers and that carved bowl but they're still neat.

I think Dad got them from my grandfather but I'm not sure.

I hadn't seen them in years and thought I'd either thrown them out or lost them. We were up in the attic, digging out and sorting through some stuff and ~~ BINGO ~~ there they were. They'd gotten shoved in a box and stuck up there.
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24. calpoppy
12:34 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
Hi WTS! No cone heads here, we just deal with the problems that cam occur without the cone.

We had smoke a couple of times but the wind has been our friend recently.
Glad to see you are out and about the blogs.

That Viva Italia is one heck of a 'mater!!

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23. WatchinTheSky
9:23 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Cool centerpiece! Nice that someone was selling what you were looking for :)
Was wondering about you and the Powerhouse fire. Last I looked, it seemed a long ways from Llano but up wind, so maybe you were getting smoke or maybe ash.
Lots of 'maters - yeah!
Cones for pup heads for a couple days?
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22. calpoppy
3:40 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Hi Bug! I needed something for the top of our new dining table, I had an idea but like you I wasn't actively searching. It would have to be something that I just came across. Then Mr. P was taking an antler away from the pups and put it on the table. Then the idea came to me, antlers but with what. So Mr. P was going to carve a bowl and with a nice antler set put it in. I went on line for some design ideas and came across this



We bought it, and Mr. P didn't have to do anything, LOL!

Hi Ylee! Danes are really cool, just way to big for our cabin that's for sure.

Tess does have infection on the pulled areas, we have been treating them with a topical antibiotic and they are looking much better. Never a dull moment with our pups!!!
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21. Ylee
3:12 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
I once knew someone who had a harlequin great dane; he would put his paws on the driver's side window of my truck, and look me in the eye! A fun dog to be around!

Glad Tess avoided the vet; no infection, I take it?
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20. palmettobug53
2:01 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
Yep, I about cried, when I saw the finished piece.

I'll eventually find my cabinet. I'm not desperately searching; that's not the way you find things. I'm just taking my time, checking this place or that, as I'm out and about and driving by. I live by 'the harder you look, the less you find' rule!


When I was growing up, a neighbor down the street had a Dane and a dachshund. The two of them would make the rounds of the neighborhood together. It was so funny to see them. The Dane ambled along, with the dachshund trotting directly underneath. How they managed to do it, without the wiener dog getting constantly stepped on, I'll never know. Their coordination was uncanny!

Good job on getting Tess' stitches out, sans vet trip.
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19. calpoppy
11:27 PM GMT on June 02, 2013
Hi Bug! What they did to that piece is a real shame!!! Keep looking, it is out there!

Danes are huge! After I had a couple of them I called it quits. They just don't fit in a car very well at all, and I like to take the pups for rides. Before this Dane I saw, the biggest was an Irish Wolfhound. They are really sweet tempered and big leg leaners, like Danes.

Big news, we got Tess' stitches out! No vet trip for her!

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