What’s New With Amoeba & Quilly?

Well, Amoeba spent a week in Louisiana, came home for a few days and then flew off to Hawaii. He came home from Hawaii for a few hours — literally just long enough to get the clothes in his suitcase washed and repacked — and drove to Seattle where he is now.

I have been busy, too, but not jet setting. I have been right here at home gardening and cleaning the garage. I had to clean the garage because we bought a second car. Well, it is sort of a car …. It is street legal and we have it licensed and insured, but calling it a car is kind of ambitious. It is a little electric Ford TH!NK Neighbor.


I call it a buggy and I love it. It only goes 25 mph, but that is plenty fast enough in town — and one can still get a speeding ticket in it on many of our local streets. (No, neither of us have done so nor do we plan to). I told Amoeba I would happily trade him cars. He can have the Malibu and I will have the buggy. He said no — then he got in the Malibu and went to Seattle!

Of course, going to Seattle in the buggy could be an ordeal since one would have to make at least 3 eight hour stops to recharge the battery along the way. And I am happy zip, zip, zipping around in the buggy.

Friday Harbor Labs, UW

Come see where Amoeba works.  Dave Hays, a UW film making class student, interviewed Hillary, one of the TAs who works with Charley (Amoeba) and Megan in their “ZooBot” class which is an entire quarter (16 credits: Marine Zoology 5 credits; Marine Botany 5 credits; and a Research Apprenticeship in Intertidal Ecology and Physiology for 6 credits).   Hillary is currently working on her PhD focusing on the study of the interactions of marine organisms with their environment.

That might all sound intimidating, but the video below makes it easy to understand and gives you a glimpse of Amoeba’s working environment.

Assorted Irregularities

Did you know that Draper Farms organic chicken is so fresh that it arrives in the grocery store, all packaged in cellophane, before it has been thoroughly plucked? Neither did I until I had to spend a half hour cleaning it before I could cook dinner tonight. That half hour wasn’t built into my time table.

Did you know that just because a product says it can be used on glass and windows it doesn’t mean it should be? I now have to clean my house TWICE. I handed Amoeba my bottle of Clorox Green Works glass and surface cleaner and said, “It says it cuts through filmy residue and is safe on glass. Unfortunately ‘safe on glass’ and streak-free are two different things.” Amoeba read the ingredients and tsk-tsked.   I said, “I suppose you’re going to tell me that it says right on there that it will leave streaks?”  He answered, “It sure does. See these words here -” he pointed “-‘coconut-based cleaning agent’. That translates to streaks.” How was I supposed to know that? I don’t speak ‘science’.

Speaking of not speaking science, were you aware that loading the dishwasher, adding soap and locking the door is not enough to make the thing work? No matter how many hours one waits, the dishes will not get clean until one pushes the little button on the front. Who knew?

Thou Shalt Not Covet …

But I do!  Oh, I do!  Please don’t tell Amoeba, but I have found a multitude of garden planters online that just might want to come and live with us.  That high end planter pictured on the left is definitely making my heart pitter-pitter-patter.  Isn’t it lovely?

I have been having a wonderful time with my deck garden.  Tonight Amoeba finally found a teeny-tiny tomato on one of my plants.  I have already claimed it as mine alone!  Of course, Amoeba isn’t a big fan of tomatoes so he wasn’t overly concerned with my unwillingness to share.

We have already harvested a couple of salads from the variety of lettuce I planted in a window box planter.  In fact, Amoeba enjoyed the fresh lettuce so much, he told me I needed to buy a couple more window boxes and plant another crop or two of mixed greens.  Radishes might grow well in a window box, too, don’t you think?

I also want a couple of matching decorative planters for our big front porch.  I want something that will compliment the hanging basket and the pedestal planter. My theme out front is purple and pink.  I would love to put a Fuchsia plant and some Pansies out there with the Petunias and the Bleeding Heart.

Garden Pests

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In Hawaii — land of the year-round sunshine — my garden was a total bust because I couldn’t keep the snails and myna birds from eating everything before it was even ripe, and I wouldn’t kill them. Here we have other creatures to contend with. Some bother the garden. Some bother the garbage. Some just “bother”.

I was really excited about starting a garden until Amoeba reminded me that the deer short-cut through our yard on a regular basis. They’d probably really like it if I planted a snack or two for them. Me, not so much. So I’ve been looking up humane ways that I could have a garden and not have the garden pests.

Controlling the rabbits without killing them wouldn’t be a problem. An Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap or two would collect them quite nicely.  And an Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap would get rid of the Raccoon stalking the neighborhood garbage cans.  The traps are made of sturdy wire mesh and designed so that once the animal walks in to get the bait, it can’t get back out again until the cage is opened. Havahart even provides Animal Trapping Tips so that the animals can be humanely captured and then released into the wild with complete safety to both the animal and the human releasing it.

Since putting up an electrified fence isn’t an option, I have been looking at the Havahart deer repellents. My sister introduced me to a really cool one — an automated sprinkler that detects motion and shoots a hard spray of water at the invader.  Havahart calls their version “Spray Away” and it is said to work on deer, dogs, raccoons, groundhogs, opossum, skunks, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and geese. My sister has her’s out by her coy pond, and it also keeps the Heron away.

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