March 30, 2017

Bathing My Dogs and Cats

It's bath time for the dogs and cats.

My pets are brushed and checked for ticks every day, but they are all very active and need regular bathing as well - every couple weeks for the dogs, and about once a month for my cats. Yesterday was bath time for my pair of calico Persians and my French Bulldogs. I love to do this task myself when I am home, but since I was traveling, Carlos and Enma were happy to do the job. The most important tips to remember - go slowly, use lukewarm water and only mild pet shampoos, and if using a blow dryer, always position it to the lowest heat setting to prevent skin burns and irritations.

Despite some of their expressions, all the pets did very well. Here are some photos, enjoy.

March 29, 2017

Using EZ Glide Surface Protectors

Every now and then I come across a product that solves a common problem. One such nuisance is furniture that scratches the floor - chairs and tables that pull across the floor leaving unsightly marks in their tracks.

Many years ago, the shopkeeper at my local hardware store introduced me to EZ Glide Surface Protectors - the small carpet-like pads specifically designed to prevent surface scratching. EZ Glides are terrific - not only do they prevent scratches, but they also make moving furniture so easy. I have them on the bottom of every chair leg, and every table leg - even on the feet of my garbage receptacles - everything that could potentially damage the floors if moved.

Every spring, Cheryl and Gretchen, who take care of Skylands, my home in Maine, check the everyday furniture and replace all the EZ Glides in time for the busy summer entertaining season. They change hundreds of EZ Glides on chairs, tables, baskets, planters, etc. It's a tedious chore, but well-worth the effort. Enjoy these photos.


March 28, 2017

My Hanging Boston Ferns at Skylands

Preparations for spring are underway at Skylands, my home in Maine.

There is still snow on the ground on Mount Desert Island, but last week, my gardener at Skylands, Mike Harding, began potting some of the ferns in hanging baskets for use on my Western Terrace. I always hang a series of fern-filled planters under the pergola - it adds such a lovely touch of greenery to the space.

The hanging planters are first lined with sphagnum moss. Sphagnum is a genus of about 120-species of mosses known as peat moss. It works great to store water, and helps to keep the potting mix inside the container. Here are some photos - enjoy.