Oh, my aching back (and shoulder) !!

Aching back

Shoulder pain

Tiger by the tail


The weather is pleasant–first thing in the morning. I have a tiger by the tail and I can’t let go!! Yesterday, I drilled holes in the bottom of the five large planters–and scrubbed them clean. This morning I distributed plastic items in the bottom… and added some previously used (earlier this year) planter soil. I’m indoors for a “tea break” because I’m exhausted. (Frankly, I’m not fully rested from yesterday’s labors.) Went grocery shopping, yesterday, because I was out of sugar to prepare Hummingbird nectar. Today, I belatedly found fire ants in some of the planters (and soil) I was transferring. They got me!! Oh, that itches!!

Drilling holes in bottom of planter

Checking for exact location

Just temporary

Professional planter insert

Plastic in the bottom

Styrofoam peanuts

Previously used planter soil

Plastic, not river rock

Hundreds of ants

Three bags of potting soil

Turk's Cap

Butterfly vine



Temperature at two

I’m a miserable “good-for-nothing” when the weather is terribly hot and humid!!

Here’s the fifth planter–with twenty-seven holes in the bottom. The shallow planter will be fine for Chrysanthemums–an annual flower with a splash of color for Fall.

(Details, below, copied directly from the Internet.)

Livingston, TX (77351) Weather
Observation as of 2:05 pm CDT
partly cloudy
Feels Like 96°
Partly Cloudy
S 3 mph


Planted mums

Ant control didn't control

Postscript, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, 11:00 AM: Yes, half a bag of planter soil. No, the Fire Ants were not controlled with my product. I grabbed the planter this morning, planning to dump the soil… and instantly had hundreds of ants on me. I have welts on my hands and feet!! 


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