April 29, 2006:
First car ride:
First car ride in her "big girl" car seat:
Ground ivy roots at each joint whenever it touches the soil, thus making it difficult to hand pull. Ground ivy is hard to control because you can't pull it out easily in lawns and many commercial broadleaf lawn weed killers have little or no effect on it. Preemergence herbicides do not control ground ivy, accordingly, we are left with postemergence controls.
taken from: http://www.american-lawns.com/problems/weeds/ground_ivy.html
Translation: My wonderful next-door neighbor, who has allowed the ground ivy to take over her entire yard in lieu of a lawn, has doomed me to years of pulling this stuff out of my flower beds, lawn, and rock walls, one stupid inch-long segment at a time. Despite the web site's insistence that most herbicides don't do diddly to this stuff, I've found that liberal doses of Roundup - and I do mean liberal - manage to hold it at bay, even if they don't completely eliminate it.
What this means from a practical point of view is that, in the last year, I have gone through more than one gallon of Roundup. This week I ran out and bought a new container, and boy, am I glad I did. They've changed the applicator, changed the formula, and I've got to tell you, I like what they've done. The applicator now lets you spray continuously for about 30 seconds, rather than having to keep squirt squirt squirting ... my fingers approve of the change. And the new formula is definitely improved - some of the clover had a definite case of malaise within 45 minutes of being sprayed, and almost everything I hit is looking pretty peaked today. This stuff kicks some serious weedy ass:
I spent a couple of hours yesterday spraying anything I couldn't identify as a plant I had approved for use in the yard. Ground ivy - inundated! English ivy invading over our back fence - hosed down! Stupid spring-loaded yarrow plants that my application of last year's Roundup left unfazed - saturated! Dandelions - liberally spritzed! Bamboo that's creeping into the shady perennial garden I tried to start last year - soaked! I was cackling with glee as I sprayed toxic chemicals over any and all plants I couldn't identify ... it was so much more fun than actually weeding!
At one point I told Jason that the only way I could become a more efficient Mistress of Death is if the sucker came with a firehose attachment ... oh, what I would give for that to be available. Oh, wait, it already is: http://www.roundup.com/index.cfm/event/ProductGuide.product/documentId/1f0599a0e7c8f7a03ac3ebb833d47639
Do you think they make one that comes as a backpack, maybe with a flamethrower attachment for those really tough jobs? Because I've got a row of yew bushes with a price on their heads at the back of my yard ...
How about the whole story in one big long run-on sentence? Make sure that whenIn fact, the quilt turned out so badly that she actually printed advice to other quilters onto pieces of fabric, and then added them to the quilt. It's kind of hard to make out, but this one says "Puckering is not a design feature."
you think you're clever and can get all Gee's Bend with the
ubiquitous red shirt section of the thrift store that one, you buy enough shirts
because otherwise you'll run out and end up with half the front pieced with red
gingham sheet you'd picked up for the backing and two, you have a single big
enough piece of batting so you're not basting overlapping bits and pieces of
batting so they don't slide right out of your pillowcase binding and three, you
don't try to combat the 'I wanted to make something beautiful out of thrift and
all I did was make something that looks like it should be discarded at the
thriftstore' effect by attempting a very cool skinny stripe machine quilting
because if you have a sloshy, ill made pillowcased quilt it will pucker and
gather and end up a discarded ball of effort on your craft room floor.
"Realize that patterns and templates are only someone’s opinion and should be
loosely translated. Personally, I’ve never thought much of a person who could
only make a triangle with three sides."
"Throw away your seam ripper and repeat after me: "Oops. Oh, no one will