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Mystery Mud Nest Solved

We discovered tons of these tucked up in the rafters, behind shelves and even behind old insulation in the storage area, when we expanded the paundry.  We knew that they were mud nests, but weren’t sure what kind of creature created them.  We thought they were way cool and only just a wee bit creepy, with the dried out bug carcasses left inside.

Here, fearless Conrad models our cool find.

Luckily we live in an age where solving mysteries such as what kind of nest this is, is only a click away, with my dear, sweet friend Google.  I love you Google!

The Mud Dauber Wasp.

She’s kind of awesome!  Not only is she crafty, with her mud working ways, but she kills spiders…even Black Widows!

Also you should know that they rarely sting people, usually only if you try to grab it, or something foolish like that.

The most helpful/interesting site I found is actually based out of Brisbane, Australia.  That’s where I found this fantastic photo of a Mud Dauber.  Click on the photo to visit the very informative site.

This wasp may be from Brisbane, but we have them here in Tucson too.

She builds these tubes one at a time, with mud she has collected, and puts 2 or 3 dead spiders in each chamber with one of her eggs.  Then she seals it all up.  When the egg hatches, the larva feeds on the spiders until it’s fat and happy.  Then it cocoons itself and eventually emerges from it’s mud house as a wasp.  That is badass!

The abandoned nests can be taken over by many different creepy crawlies, but one of them is called a Blue Mud Dauber.  They don’t build their own nests, they like to remodel found ones.  I tell you this because, we think that is what the dead blue head poking out of the hole in the nest is.

You probably now know more than you ever wanted to know about any wasp, but I think it’s fascinating and couldn’t help but share.  No need to thank me. 😀


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How To Protect Power Cords From Chewy Critters

Our dear, cross-eyed, Princess Puss likes to partake in a fine wire now and then.

She has spidey senses when it comes to cords and she prefers the pricier ones.

Like the $100 cord to my macbook we had to replace because she chewed it into submission.  She gnawed on the new one within hours of it’s arrival.

When we brought home a new desktop computer the other day, Der and I started brainstorming how to keep her furry face away from the cords.

Brilliant Der thought of tubing.  He bought 6 feet of tubing from Lowe’s, cut a slit all the way down it, and nested the wire within it.

The cord should be safe now…unless Princess Puss sprouts thumbs.



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Did you know…?

Hair conditioner is great for shaving!

I use the cheap Suave stuff.  It makes your legs so slickery, moisturizes the skin, and smells great.

Just a little nugget of knowledge from me to you.  No charge.  In fact here’s some cool unrelated pics just for the fun of it.

They are the base of a lamp Der bought me at a yard sale for 2 bucks!  I took out all the lamp stuff and set them in the yard to rot beautifully. I have lots more photos to take of these ladies.  I love rotty yard art.

I love hands and bare feet and rust.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Piss and Vinegar

As in, I am full of piss and vinegar.  I figured since I am in such a foul mood and don’t want to talk about it this would be the perfect subject for todays post.

When I was a teenager I used to drink an apple cider vinegar and honey shot every day. I had read somewhere that it helped with acne.  Whether it’s what helped or the fact that I was getting regular exercise is what did it I can’t say, maybe both.  All I know is that I swore by it and forced it down daily until the day I gulped it down and drank a slimfast within a minute of each other.  I learned a chemistry lesson that day as I was running to the bathroom, where I proceeded to puke the curdled mess up.

I never drank another drop, but I still adore it.  This time it’s white vinegar I rave about though.

Its uses are endless, but my all time favorite is for laundry.

I have the vinegar discussion with people often.  I tell them how amazing it is and they tell me they don’t like the smell.  Who does?  I used to clean my whole house with a homemade vinegar based mixture, but even I, a die-hard advocate, could only handle the smell for so long.  But the fantastic thing about using it on laundry is that the smell does not stick around.

As a mother of five boys and an animal lover, I can honestly tell you nothing neutralizes the smell of pee faster.  Especially cat pee, which is notoriously hard to eliminate. Vinegar also conquers that horrid sour dishcloth smell.  You all know what I am talking about the smell sticks to your hands even after you wash them.  Yuck!

Once upon a time I had this problem where even freshly washed towels still seemed like they weren’t clean enough.  I switched detergents, changed fabric softeners, bought new towels and even got a new washing machine trying to fix this problem.  The changes would seem to work for a while, but the problem would always come back.  When I started adding about a cup of vinegar into my wash the problem stayed gone.

All that’s great, but it’s also cheap, easy on the environment and you don’t have to worry about it harming your family.

I’m hooked and you should be too!


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Flavor Cubes

I recently got a little over zealous buying cilantro and had to figure out what to do with it before it went bad.  I decided to make flavor cubes.

I chopped up some onion and chives.

I added garlic.  Fresh would have been better, but I was being lazy.

I added the cilantro then put in just enough water to make the blender work smoothly.

Poured the concoction into ice trays and froze.  Don’t worry it only looks disgusting, but it’s yummy-ness in disguise.

After they were frozen I popped them out and put them in a big freezer bag.Now I can cook with “fresh” herbs even if I don’t feel like going to the store.

I also like to do this with yogurt and orange juice to make frozen smoothies.

Tomorrow: Fun at the scrap yard.

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