Happy Saturday! Our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week, some things that are making me happy, and a few of the things from AOC that you’ve been loving. And yes, that’s more than 3 things, ha! I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates, though I’m known to throw in even a few more things – but we’ll call those ‘bonuses,’ okay? Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
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Three Things That Happened
This was my Saturday last week – I’m happily weeding, mulching, and then harvesting asparagus on a beautiful spring day. Shortly after I snapped this picture and shared it on Instagram, I happened to look up and over (who knows why?) at our little ‘pasture’ (that’s what I call our little fenced no-man’s land, though at less than a 1/4-acre, I’m not sure it qualifies in reality…) and saw this:
Yikes! Thousands of bees from one of Zack’s (“the bee man“) three hives he keeps on our property were swarming. He had warned me this might happen, so I needed to tell him – but guess what? He was with his family in Hawaii! Modern technology allowed easy texting, though, and he arranged for a friend of his to come and try and gather them in another hive (they swarm when the current hive gets too crowded, often in the spring). Problem? The swarm gathered on a couple branches about 18-ft. up in a Leyland Cypress:
If you know anything about these trees, they are actually like huge bushes with floppy branches and no large trunk to rest a ladder on securely. So Brian had to hold the ladder and when I wasn’t taking the pictures, I had to hand Zack’s friend large loppers to clip the branches. Um – and without any bee suits. Nervous? Yes! But we were told they are pretty docile when swarming and that actually proved true – I never even needed to swat any away. They seemed to want to group together and were happy to congregate back into the new hive. Whew.
I spent $1.99 and 10 minutes (probably less!) putting this new centerpiece together. I actually like seeing the roots of the plants in the mason jars – it adds fun interest to me. More on this later – I’ve got a post planned after being inspired by how this turned out, complete with options in case you don’t have a vintage glass holder like mine.
Three Things I’m Loving
Right now I’m loving the Scilla and Fernleaf Bleeding Heart blooming under our Japanese maple (=dry shade!) in front of our porch. When I’m left with all the grassy leaves of the Scilla that smother anything else trying to grow under it, not so much. They also naturalize like crazy and I pull at least a wheelbarrow full out each year and you wouldn’t know it. But now? They’re sure pretty…the good with the bad, I guess.
Years ago I was talking to Brian’s cousin (hi, Leigh!) about the throw-away mops that were becoming so popular and she mentioned this Starfiber microfiber mop she found and loved because it came with a reusable pad. She actually sent me one when she returned home to Alaska (so sweet!), and I have used it ever since – it’s fantastic and just as easy as the throw-away kinds but nothing goes in the trash. Oh, and the original mop head looks as good as new, so I haven’t even had to replace that. Love.
Remember how long it took me to get on the toaster oven bandwagon? The electric skillet took longer. As you might have gathered, I don’t want to add appliances willy-nilly and I cooked just fine on the stove – why would I need another place to cook? Oh, how wrong I was. Without a gift card I needed to use, I still might be in the dark as to how nice these are for cooking much more evenly than on our electric stove! It’s also square, which fits four burgers or grilled cheese much easier than squishing in a round skillet (again, cooking more evenly). I use it for braising and small frying – it’s easier to keep at a certain temperature – and for stir-fried rice (no sticking!). This Presto version has a ceramic coating that is ‘green’ so I feel okay about using it, and it seemed to have the best reviews of the moderately priced skillets. And actually it really has supplanted our griddle, so I think I can get rid of an appliance, making it an even switch – which will of course make me feel better.
Three Things From AOC You Loved Last Week
- DIY Garden Insect Spray (this is getting a TON of love right now as gardening season ramps up!)
- Quick Homemade Pizza Dough
- Ultimate Rhubarb Guide
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