Friday, August 29, 2008
See that symbol? Don't buy anything with that symbol!
Okay maybe some of you are okay with this, but I'm sorry, seriously? Does any government agency do anything remotely close to what the people of this country wants? With the whole green movement in full force, tell me who exactly has been petitioning to have our food zapped? I'm so sick of all of this. When are they going to stop cramming chemicals into our food?
I'm done. Check out this site. http://www.organicconsumers.org/irradlink.cfm
Follow the links. Get your voice heard.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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Dudero Floor Lamp $6.99 (limit 1)
Poang Chair $59 (limit 1)
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
A lovely member over at Ikeafans just pointed out that if you go to Google Catalogs (who knew that existed?) you can get access to IKEA issues all the way back to 2000!
Although, I was only able to find issues 2000-2003. But maybe you just have to know better ways to search that than I do. Maybe I'll try again after I finish my coffee. Ahhh....caffeine...
On a side note, I have a catalogs from 1998, including the smaller Kitchen, Sofa, Office, etc., issues. If you are looking to buy one, let me know. I'm too lazy to list them on ebay.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
UPDATE #2: After I made it bigger, I added a dog feeding station via curb-side salvage material and crap from my basement. Click here to see how it came out.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I have done very little for my garden other than occasional weeding and watering when the ground was cracked and dry. Well, apparently I should have been doing a smidge more as my poor squash and cucumbers have developed a white, fuzzy spot problem...people, we have a fungus among us. (I also have a blossom end rot situation going on with my tomatoes, but I haven't done anything for them just yet.)
So I called my mom, the only person I know that can eat any fruit or vegetable, stick it's seed or pit in the ground and have it magically grow.
My Mom's All Natural Fungicide
2 TBS baking soda
1 TBS oil (she uses vegetable oil)
1 tsp liquid dish soap (later restated it as a squirt or two)
32 Ounces of water
Mix together, then spray all the tops and undersides of the infected leaves.
(I did it early evening, I remember reading somewhere that baking soda can burn leaves if put on leaves during the day, but my Mom didn't know about that either way.)
She also said to cut off all the yellow and dying leaves and the ones touching the ground. And to bag those leaves and throw them away. Do not compost them. Make sure you wash whatever you used to cut the limbs off. She said some other things, but now I don't remember.
Here's a tip from me: wear gardening gloves and long sleeves, and whatever you do, don't try to break off the leaves with your unprotected hand. Holy crap! I have little splinter things all over my hands. One hurts so bad, it's killing me to type. Yeeowza.
The not so horribly infected leaves looked almost immediately better. But the others were just eh. I figure I'll spray it on for the next couple of days and see how it goes.
Next year, definitely mulching to stop all the weeds and trellises to keep the leaves off the ground. Perhaps even a spritz of this every week or so.
My poor plants : (
UPDATE: So it's the morning after, and it appears that all the fungus, not counting a handful of leaves I missed, is completely gone! Except for underneath the leaves, which I did a crappy job of spraying, so there were still some spotting, but I sprayed them tonight.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I think for a long time people wondered why IKEA only offered a wire shelf lazy susan for the corner base cabinet. Well, they have finally listened to all us IKEA crazy people and introduced a new version of the lazy susan.
I thankfully hadn't installed my lazy susan yet because my daughter loved to hang out in that cabinet. When I saw a preview of the new catalog, I noticed the new lazy susan. So I brought mine back and got the new one.
- Easy to assemble. Use the template they provide to screw in the bottom and top piece. I had to use build-up strip for the top piece to be straight and level (see pic below).
- Then you load in the wire pieces and the two shelves.
- Install the two part pole in the middle.
- Slide the top part of the pole up so it fits into that top piece and screw them in place.
- Then stick the metal pins under the two shelves to set them at whatever level you want them at.
- Finally, stick in the clips (be gentle, I broke the first one and they don't give you extras) and click in the wire.
After it was all said and done, I don't see why I couldn't have put the clips and wire in before placing the shelves inside. But it didn't make a huge difference either way.
But, wait! Houston, we have a problem. The hinge for the corner cabinet door crashes into the corner of the bottom shelf. Argh!
How did they not notice this happening? It took me so long to adjust that hinge for the door to be perfectly level and flush, I'm not going to move it.
If there's a solution to this problem, I haven't figured it out yet. It's always something isn't it? Well, I still like it better than the wire shelf version. They spin nicely and seem super sturdy.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The patio tomatoes are slowly turning red and are incredibly delicious.
One stalk fell over and I'm not sure if the corn growing on it is actually still growing, but the rest are getting bigger and bigger everyday. Summer squash everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
Where did that ginormous cucumber come from? I didn't even know I had a cucumber plant in that bed. It's at least 12" long...probably bigger. How didn't I see that growing?
The beets are getting very big. I really need to cook them soon. Are they suppose to push their way out of the ground?
I call this the Valley of the Damned Carrots...poor things. They're also pushing their way out of the ground, but they're all gnarly and twisted and not even close to looking like a carrot. They taste fine, and I have to say I even like the greens.
This big beef tomato plant is so big I can't even explain. There are so many tomatoes growing it's crazy...but none of them will turn red!
I'm having the same problem with the Roma tomatoes.
This is part of the expired seeds I threw in last minute. I have no clue if it's a zucchini, an acorn squash or a spaghetti squash.
I'm not sure about this one either.
I am amazed at the strength of this pepper plant. It's all by itself, covered completely by tomato plants and cantaloupe vines. But here it thrives, growing big, extra shiny bell peppers.
Have I have a cantaloupe! I real live cantaloupe! I didn't even know this one was there!
And there are more! I'd have to say there are at least five or six others. And I bet there will be more. I'm so excited!
As if the cantaloupe and the monster cucumber weren't enough, the strawberry plant is back in action! There are three sad, shriveled up little ones and two nice juicy looking ones. Craziness.
I have no pics, because it's such a mess in there, but
- I hooked up the oven
- The plumber hooked up the sink
- I hooked up the dishwasher
- I've washed and put away almost every dish I own
- I installed the laminate counters
- I have a couple of handles to go, otherwise the cabs are all done
- The electrician hooked up some outlets and lights
I still need to
- Get the HVAC guy to install in the island hood
- I need to hook up the stove
- I need to install the island counters (which possibly means three more cabs)
- I need to tile the backsplash to hide the gaps
- I need to put on a couple of cover panels and handles
- The electrician needs to finish up
- The roof needs to be done
I promise, pics soon. The island and cooktop will hopefully be done as of Saturday.
Keeps your fingers crossed!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Elizabeth, NJ IKEA is having live bands this month and a ton of children's events on the weekends. Too bad I won't go there on the weekends...way too crowded for me. Although, there will be a massage therapist there August 9, 2008 so I may have to reconsider...
IKEA Special Events Calendar - Elizabeth, NJ