Oh man! We spent our first weekend at home in a long time. It was very nice! Before that I'd been trying to cram chores into a couple of days and work in my house projects in a day or two. We had moved alllllllllll the furniture out of both kid's rooms. They were in serious need of updating. When you move furniture you also have to move clothes, which requires sorting, throwing out, giving away, and packing up. Then both rooms got a fresh paint job. And both rooms got a deep cleaning. Amy's room needed new carpet. Actually, the whole house needs new carpet but we are poor (college) and had to pick the room the needed new carpet the most. Then the rest of the house needed to have carpets and rugs cleaned. That's been my life in a nutshell. It's been a season of deep cleaning that's been long overdue. Hence, lack of blogging. But now, the fun part has started. Putting in new stuff!! I have had really good luck, I think, in finding furniture, accessories, and bedding! I've gotten lucky and hit a few sales. Plus the new carpet is AMAZING. So soft and lovely. :) I'll have pictures to share soon. I'm still waiting on Amy's bed to arrive.
I'd love to hear what everyone is doing for Thanksgiving. Travelling? Staying home? Having company? Cooking?? Ordering food in?? I'd love to say I'm going to see family but we are staying home. I would love to order out but the family would protest. Besides, we would miss the leftovers the most if I didn't cook a Thanksgiving meal.
Talk to you soon!!!
Ok, so do you remember my tree issue I had a couple of months back? My oak tree had fuzzy things all over it and it was falling onto the ground and was making leaves fall off of my tree?
Here's the old blog: http://www.lovinthesimplelife.com/1/post/2011/09/caterpillars.html
I thought that it was some type of caterpillar but could never identify what exactly it was. My extermination guy came out and he didn't know what it was either but I collected some of it for him and put them in a ziplock baggie and he took it with him.
Today I get a phone call from him! He said that he sent it to O.S.U. to the entomology department and they sent him a reply. Turns out they are the egg of a gall wasp. Or in my case thousands and thousands of gall wasps. Which sounded alarming at first, right? I was thinking what is going to happen in the spring when they hatch!
This is what's so cool. They have such a symbiotic relationship with oak trees! They use the oak tree as protection. 90% of them will nest in oak trees. The oak tree in turn will actually grow this fuzzy covering to protect the eggs. And the eggs fertilize the tree! How cool is that?!!! I am so excited that I got to witness such an amazing event! So not only does this bug not harm my tree but it helps it. They said infestation should not be an ongoing problem but they don't recommend spraying the trees for the survival of the species. :)
I learn something new every day!!!
So I got out all of my ingredients for last night's recipe, snapped a picture, and began chopping, etc. Then my phone rings. I talk and talk and talk and talk. It was fun catching up with an old friend. Then I look up and dinner is ready to put in the oven and I did not take one other picture. And I was thinking "Oh well! Forget about that blog." but then when my husband sat down to eat he absolutely loved it. He said it was the best cracker he ever had! haha So, I either have to make it again or just put up a recipe without pictures.
It was my 2nd attempt at a chiles rellenos casserole. The first one wasn't blog worthy. Then I decided to make several changes and try again and then this.
What to do.. what to do...
Today is laundry day! Time to regroup and get ready to head to Norman for Dad's Day and to watch OU/ Texas A&M game. Should be fun!!! :D
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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