Thursday, July 5, 2012

Creepy Crawlies

Good morning, I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July! With the temperatures in the upper 90's, we stayed inside in the cool until late in the day and then went out for a moonlight boat ride. It's my favorite time to be out on the lake, sometimes we don't see a soul and it's very relaxing to just putt-putt-putt up the coves. 

We head off before sunset, leaving Prairie Creek Cove and heading up the lake. Looking back West toward the house, the sun melts slowly into the water.

We leave a light on at the boat dock but after many rides we know our way around even in the dark.

Prairie Creek Marina looks like a little City, all aglow. The store and gas pumps are closed but you can still stop and have dinner at the floating cafe.

We head East toward the Highway 12 Bridge, puttering along as we listen to the radio. Music has a way of transporting you back to other years and memories. We talk about the day and allow ourselves to relax and just enjoy the cool night air and the calming effects of being on the lake.

As much as we love lake living, there's a price we pay for being in the boondocks! Last Sunday night we were sitting in the living room watching TV, when out of the corner of my eye I see an itty bitty black spider run across the floor. We rarely see a bug indoors, but there are plenty outside in our woods. I was reading that the extreme heat and drought has caused ants, spiders and roaches to try to join us inside for some relief from the sweltering days. It only takes the smallest crack or crevice for them to gain entry, once inside they find a nice dark closet to take up housekeeping. If you find a little cobweb somewhere when you're cleaning... then you have a spider in the house!

If you're a gardener, you probably have seen these big spiders many times. I overcame my fear from seeing them so often in Grandma's garden. She would walk around the big web, leaving the spider to do her work... which was to devour the many bugs that were a nuisance. She was a welcome addition to the garden rather than a threat. 

Most of us come across a spider or two every time we move something in the shed or garage. They choose someplace where they can be hidden to spin their web, catch tasty flies and other buggies that make the mistake of getting too close. Unfortunately, in Arkansas some of the commonly found spiders are not just a scary sight but also dangerous. The Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders are non aggressive, but if threatened they will bite. The venom from either spider will cause a painful skin infection, wasting away of tissue and in extreme cases even death. Many bites come from clothing or a towel that's harboring the spider. Be sure and shake out clothing that's been stored or a beach towel that may have been hung on the deck railing to dry. I know I've accidentally carried in a spider that way and just happen to see it as I'm folding the towel. It goes unsaid that having clothes piled anywhere is not a good idea. Outside, make sure you cut back shrubs and bushes near the exterior of your house and have a scheduled time plan to spray for bugs. The Farmer's Co-op recommend BayerTempo, Bifen and Viper products. They also carry spider traps that work very well.        

Every summer, it begins to get away from me... the days zip by and I just can't seem to fit it all in! If you still haven't planted anything, it's not too late. As long as you keep newly planted trees, shrubs and plants watered, now is a good time to get something growing! If you never plant that peach tree, you'll never know how good this cake would be with your own fresh peaches...

¼ cup butter 
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ - 2 cups sliced, pitted and peeled peaches or frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and large slices cut in half lengthwise
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened 
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup milk

Place 1/4 cup butter in an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Warm in a 350 degrees F oven about 5 minutes or until butter is melted. (Be sure to watch carefully to avoid overbrowning the butter). Remove pan from oven. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar is completely moistened. Spread sugar mixture evenly in pan. Arrange peach slices evenly over brown sugar mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar until well combined. Add egg and vanilla, beating until combined. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to beaten butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter evenly over the peaches in the pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan; invert onto a large serving plate. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings


  1. I haven't seen too many spiders lately, but we have been noticing a few ants. Its my fault, when our son came to visit, I put the dog food out on the deck, near the kitchen patio door. And the ants found their way inside. The Mister sprayed the outside of the house and took care of the ants. We all now know our place!!

    1. We had ant earlier in the spring when we were getting rain. I tried a new way to get rid of them, diamaceous earth. It's a powder that you get at the nursery and even though it's not toxic in any way, it kills bugs when they crawl over the sharp edges of the powder ??? I don't understand that at all but it WORKED! Put the powder where I saw the ant, there were so many, and then they were just gone. So far, so good!

  2. What an awesome post...I'm so glad to have found your blog. That rooster pouring tea is a hoot...loved it. And the moonlight boatride has me a bit jealous. That sounds so tranquil...even though I don't swim and really avoid large bodies of water. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time though. We walked around last night, enjoying our neighborhood firework display here and there....but we could see it all from our acre. My favorite thing to do is swing out under the trees. That will do for

    1. You are too sweet! The kids came out last weekend so we had a quiet day compared to past Fourths! We did get to enjoy fireworks over at their house this year and they were GREAT! It's nice to be a distance from the noise, but I'd be sad if we didn't see some sparkle! So glad you came back to visit... I dropped in on you this morning and enjoy your blog so much. Didn't see a place to add you to my list of blogs... I'll come back later and snoop some more!!!

  3. Love the sound of a peaceful boat ride in the cool of the evening... and a rooster that can not only get you up, but get you going!

    1. I need down time to recharge my batteries, you too??? Hope you had a fun holiday!

  4. Lol love that top image and like you folks we here in the Lancaster Pennsylvania area are experiencing lots of hot and dry weather, its draining on ones body but we are trying to deal with it! Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,pa

    1. Smart rooster to start his day off with a cup of coffee! Another unusually hot summer so far, this kills me because I really love being outside. I have to tell you, I had to shower twice today! I decided to water late this afternoon and ended up a drippy, sweaty mess! Our water bill is going to be terrible this next time~


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