Humanely Handling Your Rat Issue

Living in the city you’re bound to get rats…especially if you like to feed birds.  Recently I’ve noticed a rat hanging around and knew I had to do something about it.

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Noooo, not Ratatouille!

Now, I actually really, really like rats as an animal.  They are extremely intelligent and are actually really good pets for people who can’t have dogs – whether or allergy reasons or space reasons.  They have a lot of personality and recognize their owners and will learn their owner’s mannerisms and schedules.  They are basically like little dogs with long ass creepy tails.

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A Night of Wine: Empanadas de Queso, Receta Chilena

This weekend I’d thought I’d have a small get together for my mom so she could meet some of my tribe out here in Baltimore.  I thought a wine tasting night would be fun and my mom and I started thinking about what to make for the party.  We wanted to have a bunch of small finger foods that would be easy to munch on as we tried the various wines.

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mmmmmmm, empanadas de quesoooooo

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Art in the Park: En Plein Air Watercolor

Baltimore City always has something fun going on and this year I learned that Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy holds several free events throughout the summer in the Mt. Vernon Place parks.  One of the series that piqued my interest was the “Art in the Park” series.  Art in the Park is a series of classes throughout the summer.  They teach watercolor, photography, cyanoprinting, etc.  Their classes fill up quickly so it is important to sign up early and/or get put on a waitlist.  You can view their events for the rest of the year here:  http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

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Art in the Park

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Mobile Garden Espalier

I’ve had this panel I got at a second hand store for a decade now.  I really love it and have been thinking of ways to turn it into “something”.  One thought I had was a canning jar herb garden but I don’t have enough sun exposure in my house for an herb garden.

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I really love this wood panel

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Homemade Column Fire Pit – Test Run

I wanted 2 column gas fire pits for my back patio but who knew that column gas fire pits were so expensive?!  I didn’t know that I would be looking at fire pits in the $300-400 range for the size that I wanted.

My uncle got me a subscription to Family Handyman for Christmas and their May 2019 Magazine had plans for a nice block fire pit that you could make “in 1 day!” This fire pit was more square than I wanted and used a 20# propane tank, which was much bigger than I wanted.  I want a fire pit that is easily moveable since my patio is so small I would like to tuck these fire pits out of the way when I’m not using them.

I thought if Family Handyman can make this fire pit then HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!  I’M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN!

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Thanks for the subscription, Uncle, It’s not like I didn’t have enough projects already!

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Baby Bird Updates, May 6 & 7

They are growing up so fast! It seems like they are doubling in size every 8 hours. The parents are also switching out much more often. They were switching out every 8 hours or so, now they are switching out about every 4 hours!

They have gotten their feathers in & finding their wings!

They look like little pinecones!!!

Check out my baby bird compilations for May 6 & 7!

One Impatient Chick

It was raining all day yesterday. Just none stop rain. One of those days where you wake up & it’s raining & you go to bed & it’s raining. Sometimes rainy days are pretty awesome. Like when your an adult & just need a break… But when your a kid those long rainy days cause feel like a bore. Like this young Mourning dove chick. He was not having it. He had some severe cabin fever at one point. It was also the first time he really showed off his wings!