Thursday, September 15, 2011
My house is under attack!
Last year I tried to embrace the fall and even the acorns, too. I collected a couple hundred of them that had their cute little hats still attached and filled large vases to display on my mantle. They really were beautiful and a gorgeous fall decoration I must say. Until a week later when I was showing them off to my mom and dad and noticed tiny little worms crawling all through the vases! Gross!!! The attacking acorns had infiltrated my house!!! So I gave up...and we went back to really hating that tree.
Just this month the acorns have begun to fall again in full force since it's been so dry here in PA. We had to hang Mia's new swing in the front yard to keep her fragile little head safe from the acorns, Layla has completely surrendered and the deer have taken ownership of the yard, and the squirrels sit on our patio table and eat the acorns ... so not to make the mess of the fallen shells in their own home...but to drive Layla crazy at the sliding glass door and so I can clean up after them at each meal and snacktime.
This week I got a little bit sad. I really don't want to hate this tree anymore. I want to get back to that place where I think it's a strong and beautiful fixture of this home. I want Mia to have good memories of it, too. I sorted through the huge lawn bags of acorns before garbage night this week (I probably looked like a total lunatic) and collected a couple hundred acorns and "hats". I did a little research and learned how to dry the acorns and kill all of the bugs and germs...and then I went to work. I had these mirrors that I bought at Ikea years ago just lying around...so I got out the hot glue gun and got a little crafty. After finishing two mirrors I even have enough acorns leftover to fill some vases for the mantle :)