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Getting serious about downsizing....

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Ran across this slideshow and thought I'd share.
I would think it fun to have one of these on some acreage away from the madding crowd for a weekend retreat or even as a place to spend a summer....

This one's my fav... but I might change my mind if I saw the pricetag...

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STRINGS58 11/17/2011 6:42AM

    Those were wild! I have too much stuff -- the music instruments would take up too much space -- and kids, where does all their stuff go? Still, it would be easy to clean! I liked the round tree house.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2011 3:49PM

    I love these tiny homes. Bob and I have even talkied of getting one and buying some land and seriously downsizing. Maybe in a couple different places! I love that Zero house too! But,not for $350,000! Thanks for reigniting my dream! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BET212 11/6/2011 1:29AM

    DHs dream is to live in a Tumbleweed house someday. We've looked at their other houses and they have some cute floor plans. I could go smaller but not sure how small yet :)

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/5/2011 7:13PM

    The idea of the zerohouse is great but wouldn't work for us - too expensive and have 6 people in the family. Plus don't know it would work in -30 C.

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MZZCHIEF 11/5/2011 3:01PM

    I think it would be fun to live in a small space as long as it was well designed and I lived by myself.

I like the idea of multipurpose spaces.

So for me, the zero house would work beautifully... if it was a fraction of the $350 price AND situated in a green place by the beach!

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JLUVSHIKIN 11/5/2011 1:26PM

    One would really have to be serious about downsizing to live in some of those houses! Though, not a bad idea. To bad the price tag makes them a little out of reach.

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    I like number one but could never live in anything this small. Too claustrophobic!!

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M77355 11/2/2011 3:47PM

    Hey MMBB,
Life isn't about me lately and that's fine ... I'm glad I can help mom from afar. S.o.o.o much to do and the hours evaporate before I know it.
Logged in and wanted to see how you're doing - you're just racking up those points!!
In some magazine awhile back, I saw a fantastic house an architect had designed with peripheral wings using boxcars. You might enjoy this link, too:
Take good care of yourself!

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MZZCHIEF 11/2/2011 3:28PM

    okay, I found out how much the Zero House cost... are you sitting down... $350,000! No I am NOT kidding!

For $350k my midget house would have to come with a private island in the tropics. ha

We all have champagne tastes here... or mabbe we can just tell quality when we see it...

Have a fun day!
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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/2/2011 8:12AM

    Those are fun.

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KASEYCOFF 11/1/2011 6:22PM

    We've already got a Smart car - guess all we need now is a 'smart house'!

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NEW-CAZ 11/1/2011 5:09PM

    love zerohouse, cool! And I bet it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Monday funnies~ One of the best ads I've seen....

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bet you can't figure out what this is an ad for, before the final frames of this short...

Pretty clever stuff...

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JUICENUT 12/15/2011 2:00AM

    Too funny! We just got one of these last Friday and never saw this commercial.

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ELATEDLOSER 10/29/2011 9:04AM

  this is just too funny!!!

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ANDRINE48 10/19/2011 1:16PM

    Too funny. emoticon

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APPEALSTOME 10/9/2011 7:46PM

    Best ad I have seen.

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    It is a good one!

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LITTLEWIND53 10/4/2011 10:27AM

    I have seen this before, but had forgotten the ending. So it was like seeing it for the first time. Thanks for sharing.....

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MZZCHIEF 10/4/2011 8:09AM

    Glad ya'll liked it!
Just in time for Halloween... I literally broke out in laughter at the surprise at the end... scared my dogs...

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 10/4/2011 7:55AM

    That is pretty funny.

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DFROMTX 10/4/2011 7:54AM

    Great ad!! Why have I not seen this on TV?


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GHK1962 10/3/2011 9:38PM first I was like...that is too spooky! Nice.

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IDLETYME 10/3/2011 6:43PM

    That's really clever. Thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 10/3/2011 5:34PM

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Pray or dance for rain... we'll take either one!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Austin Texas, summer 2011 and counting... to say nothing of the Fires...

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MZZCHIEF 10/1/2011 2:17PM

    We got a bit of rain a few nites ago...yay!
So some of your mojo must be working....

Weather has been so wacky these days, so many extremes.

Best to all!
: )

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FRANNIEPAT 9/30/2011 11:41PM

    Wish I could send some of the rain and hurricanes we've had in PA-its been the rainiest season ever! Anymore, weather always seems to be extremes instead of just moderate. emoticon

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    Very depressing and sad. We are all at mother nature's mercy.

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GHK1962 9/30/2011 11:20AM

    Some of those photos were hard to look at (the dead fish...the emaciated bull)....some were actually quite interesting (some of the cracked earth shots)....all were telling of the drought.

Whether climate change is human induced or not...nature does have a way of resetting. But...I do hope there is some relief there.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 9/30/2011 8:28AM

    The devastation to wildlife is enormous. Nice link. Hope the heat breaks soon and that the region gets rain soon!

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MRE1956 9/30/2011 6:57AM

    I keep trying to get ol' Mother Nature to LEAVE NJ and send her best work over to ya, but it's no use - she's been totally uncooperative!


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NEW-CAZ 9/30/2011 3:29AM

    How awful, sending up prayers

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JENNYBAKER247 9/30/2011 2:19AM

    I'll pray. Prayer changes things. God is good.
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Tasty Tip#8~ Sweet and Savory Turkey Thighs

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Now that Summer is cooling off, its safe to use the oven once again... and time to share one of my fav cool weather dishes!

This dish will perfume your home as it cooks with the delightful smells of fall harvest AND it only requires a few simple ingredients!

Its also a fabulous way to use that big bag of grapes you've bought and the season's harvest of apples.

What you'll need:
1. Turkey Thighs
2. 2 onions
3. 4-5 apples
4. 1 pound or more of grapes (I prefer dark)
5. Soy sauce
6. Course ground pepper

7. Some sort of roasting pan.
8. Large spoon for basting
9. Oven... my oven cooks this best at 375 degrees.

Optional cup of water.
Rice as a side dish, I prefer Lundberg's Wahini red rice.

Whatcha gotta do...

TURN on your Oven... 375 degrees

1. Wash your turkey, remove any fat or skin that it going to be facing the bottom of the roasting pan with scizzors. Leave the skin on the top of the thigh, as it will help seal in the juices so the meat does not dry out. Place your washed, trimmed turkey thighs skin side up in a roasting pan.
2. Grind pepper all over the turkey.
3. Wash, core and diced the apples. Distribute over turkey.
4. Peel and dice the onions. Distribute over turkey.
5. Remove grapes from vine, place in bowl and wash. Distribute over turkey.
6. Grind more pepper over the lot of it,
7. Sprinkle with soy sauce.

Place in oven for about an hour.
Check and see how everything is doing.
Things should be browning, the fruit and veggies getting soft, but its NOT done yet!

Baste the turkey using the large spoon.
Push the fruit and veggies off the turkey to brown the skin at this point.

Check the bottom of the pan to make sure that there's enuf water so that the fruit and veggies don't burn. If there's no juice there, add a cup of water.
TIP: Some turkey has saline injected into the meat... they don't always tell you up front. If so there will be enuf moisture in the pan.

But if its untreated meat, you may need to add about a cup of water at this point.

YOu don't want your food to be floating in water, but you do want there to be some so that browning and carmelizing happens, not boiling or burning. A cup of water usually does the trick!

Leave in oven for about another hour or so, baste a few times, until your fruit is carmelized and the dish looks like this:

Then its ready to come out.
Let it rest about 10 minutes.

Here's a serving suggestion:

Or you can spoon the carmelized apples, grapes and onions over Wehani Rice.
What's Wehani rice?
Well, here's a link to that:

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BABBINA 1/26/2012 3:39PM

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i gotta try that ssometime, maybe w chicken since i've never really cooked turkey before... very creative & yummy sounding dish! What is Wahini red rice? Never heard of it... emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/26/2012 3:02PM

    I made this last nite... but I didn't have any grapes! So I substituted 4 tangelos for the grapes, and it turned out delicious... good thing, because I've got a bag of the tangelos and they're so sour even thinking about them makes my lips pucker....but cooked with the turkey, onions and apples, they were wonderful!

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SEATTLE58 1/7/2012 6:40PM

    Wow, this looks so yummy and healthy too! Will have to try soon! emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/16/2011 9:44PM

  Gotta try this!

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GERIKRAGH 10/4/2011 10:40AM

    Thanks. It sounds yummy and perfect for fall. I made short ribs with cranberries last night and it made the house smell wonderful.

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LSBETH 9/26/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon emoticonThanks, we love lean & healthy turkey recipes. When they go on sale during the holidays we buy many large ones to roast, BBQ, or smoke. After we fill the freezer DH, the dogs and I will eat turkey for days so new recipes are always welcomed.

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MZZCHIEF 9/23/2011 9:41AM

    Grapes are really a yummy way to add some sweet to your savories... super when combined with onion! This recipe is also good for when you've bought a huge bag of them and can't eat them all before they go bad!

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FUTUREHOPE49 9/23/2011 5:43AM

    emoticonThank you! Sounds great! Never thought of cooking grapes before!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/22/2011 10:04AM

    Just curious how many this feeds - I bet it could be done with chicken thighs too!

Great fruity way to get your freggies!

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/21/2011 8:56PM

    This looks great!

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MZZCHIEF 9/21/2011 8:44PM

    Thanks everyone who has taken the time to comment!
I hope ya'll enjoy it, its real simple to make, smells and tastes yummy.

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KMICHA 9/21/2011 7:17PM

    Looks very tasty!!!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/21/2011 3:44PM

    This sounds wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! emoticon

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JLUVSHIKIN 9/21/2011 12:59PM

    Love it... and I too am ready to use my oven again!
I hope you don't mind if I share this with my team.

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SENATOR9 9/21/2011 11:35AM

    Will give it a try

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    emoticon sounds great!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 9/21/2011 8:30AM

    Sounds good. I'm getting my new oven today so I can bake again.

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JENNYBAKER247 9/21/2011 4:08AM

    Yummy! That's Sunday Lunch sorted. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 9/20/2011 10:49PM

Sound delicious and I am going to come back and copy the recipe later when I have time. Stay happy, healthy and smile. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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LADYANDREA2012 9/20/2011 10:30PM

    Oh, this sound so yummy, and I am sure is delicious, and healthy as wells. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Great job!!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/20/2011 10:19PM

  This sounds WONDERFUL!!! I have all of the ingredients except the grapes and will get them tomorrow. emoticon

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RITZIBROWN 9/20/2011 9:38PM

    nummm emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/20/2011 8:03PM

    That really sounds good. Thanks.

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    It sounds delicious!!

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M77355 9/20/2011 6:14PM

    Looks and sounds fantastic

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CATLADY52 9/20/2011 6:03PM

    Yummy! emoticon

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GHK1962 9/20/2011 5:25PM

    Oh man that looks soooo good. My mouth is watering!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 9/20/2011 5:02PM

    Looks & sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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MEMORIES7 9/20/2011 4:37PM

    That looks and sounds good ! I will be sure to try it ! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 9/20/2011 4:15PM

    :) YUMMMM .....

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JIBBIE49 9/20/2011 4:13PM

    Looks good.

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DARLENEK04 9/20/2011 3:56PM

  You can come to my house n cook anytime you want to.
This sounds and looks fabulous....and thanks for
adding the pics..........

ref: CAZ

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KARENSTAR1 9/20/2011 3:52PM

    Sounds great! Thank you very much for sharing.


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DEE107 9/20/2011 3:32PM

    looks good

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CMFARRELL36 9/20/2011 3:01PM

    Brilliant idea - thanks for sharing!

I love some fruit with my meat, but DH doesn't.
I love turkey, but DH doesn't.
DH loves sausages, I don't.
DH has aubergine and bacon sometimes, I don't.

I can make this for me sometime when DH is having sausages or liver, or aubergine and bacon.
Now I'm really looking forward to this.

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LUCKIEST24 9/20/2011 2:55PM

    Yum-a-lishus!!!! Thanks so much!

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YICHE12 9/20/2011 2:53PM

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

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HISARTIST 9/20/2011 2:24PM

    Hmmm, never thought of that fruit/veggie combo. Will have to give this a try.

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BVICTORIOUS 9/20/2011 2:15PM

    This looks great, never tried turkey with apples and grapes before!

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MOMMA48 9/20/2011 2:12PM

    Sounds emoticonand thanks for sharing! Love new recipes and healthy ones at that!

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ROSIE777 9/20/2011 2:00PM

    Guess what is for dinner today. . .yummy. Thank you for sharing sweet friend. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/20/2011 1:48PM

    mmmm...... sounds delish!
Love the fruits added.

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NEW-CAZ 9/20/2011 1:38PM

    It's hard getting turkey over here this time of year, might just try it with some chicken instead emoticon

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LAURIED1176 9/20/2011 1:17PM

    This sounds yummy!!! I will definately have to try it!!!!
Thanks for the recipe emoticon

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Quick Tip #52~ Eliminating Yellow Jackets without Pesticides...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I think I should preface this by admitting that I rather like wasps.
For the most part I've had an amicable relationship with them.

I have never been attacked by a wasp.
I've worked around them and their paper combs without incident.

The instances where I've been stung, is because I've done something careless, like put my hand on one because I wasn't paying attention... or didn't expect her to be there.

I allow them to build their paper combs in my eves, and their pipes of mud stuffed with insects for their larvae on my brick walls. When winter comes I remove them.

Can't say much for Yellow Jackets though.

Yellow Jackets are pretty much the Pyschos of the Wasp World.
They are aggressive little machines with a sting first... and hard and mabbe a few more times for good measure... and ask no questions.

Fall is a particularly bad time for Yellow Jackets. Its like the start to realize that the Big Death... Winter... is fast approaching... and that it might be a great idea to sting a few humans, pets or anything that gets in their way... before they clock out.

So I thought Fall would be an appropriate time to share my method of dealing with them.

This only works when they have a hole in the ground nest... thankfully most of them do.

"My" Yellow Jackets, decided to take up residence in the middle of my organic vegetable garden a few years ago. Which either meant leaving the veggies to rot there (because no one could get near them), or dousing the garden with pesticides.

Neither solution was acceptable.

After some thought, I decided to drown them.
All you need is a garden hose and a flash light.
This is how to do it:

Prepare for attack:
Find out how many turns of the faucet it takes for you to get a full on amount of water out of your hose. Then figure out how far you have to turn the faucet to cut the flow back so that about a third of the water is coming out the end Make sure you have enough hose to reach the Nest.

During the day, bring the hose as close to the nest as you can, without danger of being stung. Leave it there and wait until dark.

The best time to do this, is several hours or more after dark. You want to make sure they are resting. If you can do this in total darkness, do it. If not use the flashlight, but make limited use of it.

Bring the hose to their hole in the ground, and stick it in the hole. NOTE!!! You can do this and still be a few feet away from the end of the hose... at no time do you want to get within a 3 feet or less off the nest. How this is done, is stand at a distance, and push the hose along the ground until it reaches its goal.

Turn on the water full blast. Let it run for about an hour, then cut it back to 1/3 the way and let it run for the rest of the nite.


The following morning will be a sad site, so be prepared.

You'll see the stragglers that didn't make it back to the hive before nightfall buzzing around what used to be the entryway of their home, the home which is now a collapsed field of mud and death.

In a few weeks, when its colder, you can spade up the earth and add some lime.

Good luck... and remember, if you have allergy , do not attempt to get rid of these critters... have someone else do it for you!

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UPDATE! 9/21
If you can't get a hose to your location, check out GHK1962's suggestion for a variant of this idea that uses a lot less water but does not use pesticides.

Its the first comment and on another page because of all the comments this blog recieved... I thought it had accidentally been mabbe because I'm a dork? ha

Have a fun day!

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BEEFARM 11/8/2011 3:21PM

  Hubby ran over a nest with the tractor and, as there was no water source in the field, came back at night with a gas can an firecrackers. The fire would have been enough, but a man needs to hear a big BANG! when he anihilates a colony of those critters. Interesting observance, a few days later there was evidence that something dug up their brood and snacked on it-we suspect a skunk. Circle of life:)

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CINNAMONCAT9 10/29/2011 11:29AM

    omg you make me laugh. Thanks for that!

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HEALTHY4ME 9/19/2011 5:41PM

    Weel good to know but I thought wasps were wasps and bees were fatter adn don't know any other types. I am terrifed of them all and run the other way. But hubby has shown me what the diff in bee and wasp is but yellow jackets I dont' know.
I will read this to hubby cos sure he will know.

Edited to say for others that may not know....

now I know!

Comment edited on: 9/19/2011 5:44:42 PM

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/19/2011 5:36PM

    Thank you. They are nasty little things. Thankfully, I am not allergic to YJ's but bees are a different story. We fight them off every year. I need to locate their nest. Hmmm, time for a stakeout.


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BEST_LIFE_NOW 9/19/2011 10:33AM

  I love this tip! Wasps don't seem to bother me, we have a lot ... but yellow jackets are just nasty. They seek you out!

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-THINQ- 9/18/2011 3:58PM

    emoticonDH got stung by some the other day, we've been trying to figure out how to get them out of our garden too.

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MZZCHIEF 9/18/2011 3:09PM

    Thx everyone for your comments!

Greg I like your idea about the soap and something to cover the entryway... it saves water.

Man...the entire time I was drowning them I felt awful... I kept imagining what was happening to them under the ground...being flooded in their home while they slept... stuff nightmares are made of...

But they had to go... they'd stung my youngest child... they were in the middle of my garden... and I didn't really know any other way.

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    My hubby tackles them at night too. They are just as you described - total buttholes.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 9/16/2011 7:45AM

    I will keep this in mind. I haven't noticed any yellow jackets around. This year their hasn't been much of anything around. Too hot & dry.

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AZURELITE 9/16/2011 7:16AM

    Good tip! Thanks!

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DJ4HEALTH 9/16/2011 12:01AM

    Great info.

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SWEETLIPS 9/15/2011 5:49PM

    Good to know two ways to get rid of those pest who think I am their fodder!!

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    That is good to know! Thanks.

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NEW-CAZ 9/15/2011 3:02PM

    thanks for the tip MZZ, I learn so much from your blogs emoticon emoticon

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GHK1962 9/15/2011 2:49PM

    Yeah...every year we get at least 1 ground nest of yellow jackets. The first time I blasted it with insecticide. But I don't like doing that.

Here's what works too...its very similar to what you mentioned...but with less water. You will need to get closer to the ground nest though.

The best time is as Mz night when it's dark. Or verrrryyyyy early in the morning.

Anyway, a soap water solutions also appears to work. I use an approximate 4:1 water to liquid dishwash soap solution. About a gallon of the stuff seemed to work for me (think approximately 2 2-liter bottles).

After pouring it down the hive entrance place a bucket or something onto the entrance with a rock or brick on it.

From what I understand, the soap solution removes a protective wax from their body and they die. Poor dudes. I actually do not like doing this...and tend to let nests be unless they are a danger to our pups or us.

Oh...yellow jacket ground nests really hae only one not to worry that they'll escape.

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