Dec 03

What’s new and gold and shiny all over?


Posted under Around the house by MicheleP.

More birthday surprises…can you guess what I got?

I’ll give you a few hints…
1) It’s gold and shiny
2) You can hold it in your hand
3) It’s round(ish)
4) It ain’t cheap

I’ll give you a day to think about it… :)

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Dec 02

It’s birthday week – so how do I look?


Posted under Life by MicheleP.

Yesterday I got an early birthday present from Scott. Well, actually, it’s not early – as I’m a full believer in Birthday WEEK – why just celebrate one day?! Scott surprised me with a redesign of my blog. He took the header picture with a flower from our garden in our pool – pretty neat, no?

Now I’ve got all kinds of new fancy features to use – gosh, I love that man of mine :)

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Nov 26

Wordless Wednesday: Yard life


Posted under Around the house, Life by MicheleP.

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Nov 25

Ants and other things


Posted under Around the house, Life, Puerto Rico by MicheleP.

There are a lot of things I like about living here – and a lot of things I don’t like haven’t gotten used to. There are things that I don’t understand…like why bananas cost more here than in Kansas, why they sell winter coats and boots, why there are no pay at the pump gas stations, and why you can’t find decaf coffee anywhere. All these things I can deal with – but the one thing that might just prove to the the straw that breaks my back?

The Ants.

Never in my life have I lived with a pest that is so incredibly persistANT (heh – I’m so punny, no?). These suckers appear out of nowhere and are everywhere. One day, I opened the microwave to find several in there. So I figured I’d just shut the door and turn it on. A minute later, I opened it back up and guess what – the stinkers were still in there – and STILL alive. They love sugar – and it seems their favorite food item is granola bars. Problem is that my girls also love granola bars and cannot eat one without dropping something on the floor – which means within an hour of eating the granola bar, I’m gonna have a whole host of ants swarming that sticky piece of granola on the floor.

We’ve tried just about everything – and now swear by the best (and cheapest and non-toxic) remedy out there and I’m going to let you in on a little secret: White Vinegar.

Forget the expensive ant traps or chemical sprays or hundreds of dollars for an exterminator. Just find the trail and wipe it down with white vinegar. The ants will go crazy. They can’t stand the stuff and they can’t follow a trail that has been “blocked” by the vinegar. We have one spot in our house that the ants keep coming in – a hole under our (non functioning) air conditioner. So, we soaked a towel with vinegar and just stuck it up there – no, not the prettiest sight but it does seem to work.

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Nov 20

Clara’s turn


Posted under Around the house, Clara and Libby, Life, Puerto Rico, Sights & Sounds by MicheleP.

I posted a video of Libby a few days ago. We asked Clara to sing a Spanish song too but she wasn’t really interested. Instead, she sang about princesses. Imagine that?

If you listen carefully, you will hear a few things in the background…

1) Libby eating chips and 2) the sound of the coqui frogs. The frogs? Charming. The chip cruncher? Not so much.

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Nov 19

Wordless Wednesday: La “piñesta”


Posted under Clara and Libby, Life, Lost in translation, Puerto Rico by MicheleP.

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Ok – so not quite “Wordless”…

One of the girls asked if we were going to have a piñesta at their party.

“A what?”

“A piñesta”

Puzzled look on my face

“You know. That thing with candy at a fiesta. A piñesta”

And now a new word has been coined at our house. Part fiesta…part piñata. La piñesta. Me gusta!

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