Old-Fashion Mistletoe Bunched with a Red Bow, Perfect for Gift Giving Trader Joe’s is offering again this year their old-fashion cardboard boxes of mistletoe, bunched with a small red bow. My local store had this item last year and it appeared to be a great hit. I seem to remember that it sold out pretty early in the season. This year my local store appears to have a large inventory of the mistletoe, but who knows how fast it may sell? I will have to check later this week. It is marketed as being “real” mistletoe, and that it is. You may want to note though that I would call it “processed” since it has had its color enhanced to a pretty shade of green by the use of some sort of paint. As you can see above that the mistletoe seems to be one of the more common varieties you see, which from my understanding there are many to choose from. A note is that the mistletoe does come with a nice red ribbon, which makes it even more festive. The ribbon also adds some nice color against the green of the mistletoe. I’m not sure if this would be a suitable option for a lapel if you ever thought of that idea. Too big, and perhaps messy. However, Trader Joe’s mistletoe would look great hanging over a doorway. Once you hang it, the tradition is that you find your sweetie, or someone you care about it, and catch them under the mistletoe. The plan then is that you might kiss under the mistletoe. I would suggest asking the prospective kissee (?) first, especially these days. You don’t want to have a cold reception, or worse. At my local Trader Joe’s the mistletoe was priced very affordably. It wouldContinue Reading
I was in my local Trader Joe’s the other day, and sitting out on the sidewalk they had these great live pine Christmas trees.Continue Reading
Trader Joe’s offers some fun Halloween food & decorations this year. My local Trader Joe’s never ceasing to surprise me with the fun foods, and home decor items that they offer each year during the holidays. This Halloween, I think that they may have taken it up a notch with all the great food and holiday decor that they are offering. These are a few of the Halloween themed foods that my local store is offering for Halloween this year. Also, they have added, as well as the fall-themed products, a selection of home decor items with the Halloween theme. Take a look at the great skull (I guess that is what they are) planters, with plants that they are offering. (see above) They are so fun, and would really be sharp for your Halloween decor. Plus you get a great plant for your home as a bonus! I was speaking to one of my favorite associates at my local store when I was in the snack aisle this week, and she pointed out these ghosts and bats potato chips. I think that they are chips, though I will need to grab a bag or two next time I am in the store to confirm. The ghosts and bats chips are all shaped like, you guessed it, ghosts and bats. They are too fun, and I think that they would be a blast to serve at a Halloween party. They would definitely start a conversation much more than your typical Lays potato chip! As would be typical, you can’t just have regular pumpkins. They also have this selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds (or perhaps they are all pumpkins) for sale. At my local store, they were in a large box just outside the front of the store. They wereContinue Reading
If you have pets at home, you know that accidents can and do happen.
It may be something as simple as your doggie piddling at the door, so excited to see you or a guest.Continue Reading
Protecting your home from carpenter bees; repelling them, or killing them naturally. If you are like me, you may be scared to death when you see carpenter bees flying around. Well, I wouldn’t really say that I am scared to death, but having been stung as a child more than my fair share, I don’t like seeing them buzzing about in the same space that I am in. The truth is, carpenter bees very rarely sting someone. The male actually cannot sting. I don’t want to ask first, “are you a male or female”? The female only stings when provoked. I guess, tip # 1, don’t provoke her! What carpenter bees can do is damage the soft wood of a home, and that is the problem. I have seen firsthand, they love the soft wood of decking, outdoor hand-rails, and other similar wood structures. In short order, at first they can damage the wood with their bore holes, but over years if left un-treated, they can weaken the wood, perhaps to the point of failure. Some Carpenter Bee Facts Carpenter bees like to nest in the soft wood of trees, homes (decks, window seals, and similar), and other structures like pagodas. As stated above, the male cannot sting you, but the female can if she is provoked. Carpenter bees can be as long as 1 inch, but are as short as 1/4 inch. Most are similar in size to a bumble bee however. The abdomen, or back-end of the carpenter bee is shiny black, and most often hairless, making its body parts more distinct (scary) of those of a the common bumblebee. Other colors that you might see in carpenter bees are green, purplish, and of course the more common seen in our area, black. My personal observation is thatContinue Reading
When I was a young man, the Fourth of July had very special meaning. For one, it was my Mother’s Birthday. So, as well as well wishes for my Mother, it also meant cake. Yes, I love my Mother, and I love cake too! The Fourth of July also meant fireworks. well, not really fireworks per se, since my family was of more modest means. Actually we had sparklers, usually several boxes of them, and smoke bombs. The sparklers we would throw into the sky, often to the dismay of my Mom and Dad, imitating the fireworks that we would see the more affluent kids would have. They would crackle and into the sky, then fall to the earth. Usually Dad would then warn, “make sure you get them off the grass before you forget them, and I mow one of them”. Sure we had smoke bombs too, and we even had snakes. I loved snakes, they were always so funny to watch, but if you think about it, there wasn’t really that much to them. Smoke bombs on the other hand, well if you lit enough of them at once, you could hide in a cloud of smoke. Just like what you might see a wizard, or a witch do on TV. Perhaps a magic act. Maybe “I Dream of Jeannie” As I grew older, the Fourth of July just became a reason to party. In my 20’s and 30’s, any reason to celebrate and have drinks was a good enough holiday for me. Heck, if I think back on it, I am pretty sure that we even celebrated Ground Hog’s day with a few shots of something alcoholic once, or twice. In my later years, the Fourth of July became a day of physical exertion. Actually it was onlyContinue Reading