Recycled Celery


Hello, 2015, and hello winter! The garden is cleared out, the compost tumbler is in hibernation mode, and everything outside is “battened-down” for the next few cold months ahead. Time to grow some green indoors. I plan on planting a few herbs on my window sill next week (parsley, cilantro, and maybe some basil) and since I was done with a bunch of celery in the fridge, I did this little project again this afternoon. Did you know you can put the end of your celery bunch in water to use as a fun houseplant? Just place your celery end so it is just touching the surface of the water in a jar or container. Within a day or two, you will start seeing growth at the center of the celery bunch! So fun. Depending on the size of your container, you might need toothpicks to help keep your celery end from slipping in.

Recycle your celery!

Here’s one I rooted previously, a few days into its growth.

I’ll be keeping my recycled celery in water and use it solely for winter-time decoration this time around. However, you could plant it in fertile soil and add it right to your garden! Read more about it at HuffPost Taste, Garden Swag, and 17 Apart.

How about you? Will you be growing any herbs or veggies indoors this winter?

Olive Oil for Matted Cat Fur…Who Knew?

You may have already met Fluffernutter, our beloved feline. Well, Fluff’s fluff has been a bit of a challenge lately. So much so, in fact, that he has several yucky matts on his fur, making his normally shiny plush coat a bit, well, lumpy.

Matted fur, when ignored, can do more than just make kitty lumpy. It can irritate the cat’s skin over time and even cause skin infections.

We have friends that had a matted cat. They ended up shaving him once a year as a matter of course to help prevent further skin irritation. While the idea of having a shaved cat nicknamed Fluffy seemed delightfully ironic, I just could not bring myself to consider that option before exploring all the alternatives. So as is my custom, I began the obligatory web research. Most of what I read recommended the same four options:

  1. Shaving
    Like I said, not there yet. Moving on…
  2. Detangling by hand by pulling the matt apart in sections.
    My cat’s not putting up with that. He’s got a line, and once you cross it…look out. And besides, who has time for that?
  3. Cutting Them Out
    Obviously this does work. I had previously cut a few off of our cat. But after reading account after account of cats going to the vet with gashes in their skin because their owners got too close to the flexible stretchy skin attached to the fur, I swore off any more cutting.
  4. Baby Oil
    Apparently, all you have to do is rub a little baby oil on the top and bottom of the matt at its base (by the skin) and after just a few days…*poof*… the well-oiled matts fall off. Post after post attested to it’s effectiveness. Magical matts dropping to the ground all over the place. This caught my attention.

The idea of using baby oil freaked me out a bit, though. The crunchy granola, chemical eschewer in me did not like the idea of my cat possibly ingesting baby oil from grooming the application site. Then I saw a few other posts about:

  • Olive Oil
    Hmmm. This sounded a bit better. So the next time the cat was in the kitchen I put a little olive oil on one of his more pesky matts. Worth a try, I thought.

Two days, nothing. Three days. Still no change. Reapplied one more time. Nothing. Then one week later…



There was the matt. Sitting on the floor. Just like everyone had described. I’m a believer. The next matt is getting oiled up this evening. I will keep you posted if it works again.

Obligatory Disclaimer: I’m not a vet. Olive oil did not harm my cat, but you may want to check with your vet before you slather some on yours.


Our Thanksgiving Table

We’re in full scale planning mode for Thanksgiving over here! Hubberman has purchased the turkey, I’m gathering ingredients for our side dishes, and I’m putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving decor around the house.

I thought I would share our Thanksgiving “tablescape” (and the little helper I had as I was arranging things.)

Autumn Table

Autumn Table

Autumn Table

Cat Centerpiece

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

Hometalk DIY Pest Control Roundup!

I’m always in a bit of a quandary when people ask me, “What’s your favorite season?” There is something I like (and dislike) about every season. I think they are all my favorite for one reason or another.

In winter it’s that first glittery snowfall I adore. Spring, the smell of flowers wafting in the air. Autumn’s crisp, sunny afternoons can’t be beat. And summer – the thick green foliage, the veggies and fresh fruit, ice cream, sprinklers, What’s not to love about summer?

Oh yeah. The bugs. Creepy crawlers. Hungry critters. I could do without the mosquitoes, veggie eating slugs, home invading ants, and garden ravaging deer that come along with the summer months. and I get the impression I’m not the only one!

Well, the good folks at Hometalk asked me to browse through the posts on their site, and pin a collection of bug and critter control Hometalk posts. I found some great ones, all of which approach bug and critter control from a more natural, DIY perspective. I invite you to check them out! You’ll recognize some posts from my blog, along with posts from other great bloggers on Hometalk as well.

19 DIY Pest Control Projects on Hometalk

Do you have a DIY bug trap to share? Have you had a critter control success story in your garden this summer? Share them on Hometalk! There is a friendly Hometalk community waiting to read your post! Let me know about it too…I’ll include it on my pinboard!

Never Failed Me Yet Ant Bait

Ant Bait

It’s that time of year. Sometimes they show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small. Sometimes there are many, sometimes just a few. But mercifully, no matter how many of these little darlings decide to show up in my kitchen in the spring, I only need to see them for about one day out of 365. Once I put out my delicious ant buffet, they are so “satisfied” they never come back. At least until next year. Continue reading