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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bruti ma buoni!*

All I have to pack are my toiletries and I'm ready to roll with any kind of weather Mother N pitches at us.  We'll be leaving here in 89° temps and cruising to where the highs will be in the low to mid 60s.

I worked outside this morning, dead-heading, watering, weeding and cutting back.  The stink bugs are out in plague proportions and I thought how nice it would be to throttle whoever was responsible for bringing these ugly, ugly insects to Central PA from which they've migrated south.  I've mentioned before they have no known predator here as their safety response is this putrid stink they give off, so that no bird will go near them.  They are able to infiltrate even the tightest of screens and screen doors, so I have my vacuum plugged in and at the ready and have camphor in the vacuum bag to counter the stink of the bugs (yes, it's that bad).

After reading my previous post, I realized that had grand daughter exhibited that kind of behavior at four or five years old, she would have been obnoxious and not so darn cute.  She's only two and yes, she does have the two of us wrapped around her little finger.

*I am a cookie monster as I've never met a cookie I didn't like (actually, I'm lying:  I don't like Oreos and most boxed cookies).  Bruti ma buoni (in Italian means "ugly but good") are an exception.  Put out by Trader Joe's, these almond cookies are WONDERFUL.  Just what I need:  a new vice.

Does anyone know how to get a picture from Facebook over to a blog?


Linda said...

Have a wonderful trip and I'll expect you back here all safe and sound. In other words, don't drown.

Purple Flowers said...

I'm a cookie monster, so I'll have to try them sometime.
Have a fabulous vacation!
Not familiar w/Facebook. I know, I live in the Dark Ages. :)

TAG said...

For some cookies (yes I'll take the kind found in boxes on store shelves) I can tell you how to get a FB image to Blogger. :D

Ok, ok, I'll tell you even without the cookies. You should be able to right click on the photo then do a Save Image As. Once you have it saved to your computer it is a simple matter to upload it to blogger. Hope that helps.


Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Bon voyage! Have a safe and fun cruise!

Linda Reeder said...

Download the picture from facebook by right clicking on it and saving it to your picture file. Then post it from your file through photo upload.

happyone said...

Oh those bug are awful. I had bunches of them on the front windows. All on the outside I'm happy to say.
I like cookies too and I DO like oreos!!
Sorry can't help with Facebook, I'm not on that.
When you get back we MUST meet for lunch soon with Cheryl and Bonnie too.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Grands do have that effect on us, don't they? My daughter is amazed at what I think is cute when the grands do it...compared to what I thought when she did the same! I think her memory is faulty.

We've seen more stink bugs this year than ever before; I haven't seen any inside, though! Have a great trip!

Anonymous said...

To get a photo from Facebook over to a blog, I take a screen shot of it or on some computers it's known as doing a grab.

As for these crappy stink bugs, they are an Asian bug that somehow came to the U.S. Probably on some huge freight ship. I HATE THEM!! Such aggressive, ugly, annoying things. They creep in under any crack in any door or window and will stick around until we get a nice frost on the ground.

Enjoy your trip!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Have a wonderful cruise, Kathy... I know you will..... I'm envious!!!!

I've never heard of a Stink Bug (thank goodness)...George said he saw them when he lived in Indiana and Ohio... Hope we don't ever get them here...

Don't know a thing about Facebook...

"Professor" M. said...

Enjoy your cruise, Kathy! I am doing lit. circles right now in class. I think I will use your sheet as a concluding activity. Thanks for letting me have a copy. I will let you know how it turns out! Have a great time!

beachgirl said...

I just saw a feature on the Today show about them. I am so glad they haven't found there way down here. We have love bugs and that is plenty.

George said...

I hope you have a wonderful cruise. I also hope that the stink bugs don't make it any farther south!