Yesterday afternoon, I got a wild hair and made cake from scratch. And then last night, I made frosting from scratch. Unfortunately, the frosting kind of took on a mind of its own and I probably have enough leftover to frost an entire other cake. No, I did not do this for Easter dessert. I did it because I wanted cake. The cake turned out a little dense, but the frosting is to die for.
Speaking of Easter, I didn't even think about it until I realized earlier this week that it is, in fact THIS SUNDAY. So, I asked Hubs what he wanted to do about dinner and he shrugged. And then I shrugged. Guess I don't have to panic then, huh? We're not doing anything. We pretty much deleted ham from the diet. We stopped eating holiday candy. I've been making all sorts of yummy things, so making something yummy Sunday wouldn't be super-special. Meh. Easter was more fun when the Kid was still living at home. And I could gorge myself on Robin's Eggs.
I think Ms. Packrat is gone for good. :knocks on wood: Here's what I used: about 60 drops of peppermint essential oil and probably about that much of clove essential oil with lavender and cedarwood in a 32 oz spray bottle with about 16 oz of water. (The peppermint said 20 drops per 5oz of water.) Screwed the nozzle back and shook the hell out of it. Sprayed liberally all over inside my engine compartment, paying special attention to the underside of the hood and the specific places the rat was nesting. I do this every evening around sunset - which is when she starts getting active. Fingers crossed it keeps working. We're going to try an experiment and stop after a week. See if she comes back. If she does, back to spraying every day. If not, every few days until we're pretty sure she's not coming back.
I'm hoping the spray also keeps the deer from eating my lilies. Wouldn't that be lovely? Couldn't hurt, eh?
Also, I read somewhere that moles don't like coffee, so I bought some cheap coffee grounds and sprinkled them all over my gardens. Time will tell if it works.
Saw my first hummingbird of the year. I put the feeder out and the next day, a hummer. Yay!
Okay, that's probably enough out of me. What's up with you?