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Monday Musings, July 22

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

For my friends in the US…how are you staying cool?

Wowza, it’s been a tad toasty lately! And while I’m not a diva in many respects, heat and sweat are up there with my least favorite things! Which makes my marriage interesting as Terry loves nothing more than a 95° with 95% humidity…suffice it to say we have battles over the thermostat.

Hope the image from last winter’s snow helps cool you down! ❄❄❄❄

Ok, back to summer.

If I had an insect crush, it would most definitely be the praying mantis! I found this little teenager-size praying mantis on our screened porch this week and relocated him to my herb garden. But here’s a question for anyone who can answer this for me…my rosemary has spider mites (so what’s new!) and I had been spraying it with neem oil to keep them at bay. BUT…now I am hesitant to spray if the praying mantis might be there…does anyone know definitively if neem oil will harm a praying mantis?

Fun Fact: You can tell the difference between a male and female praying mantis by counting the segments on their body…females have 6 and males have 8. Want more praying mantis facts? 

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This post on cocktails that feature basil as an ingredient will help you cool down, summer style.

This Salad Dressing Recipe Grid is the bomb!

I’m a believer.

This delightful and refreshing Banana Ice Cream.

We are a cobbler, crunch, crisp kind of family…this is right up our alley.

Outtakes from the Apollo 11 astronauts…love the insight.

Finished A Visit From the Goon Squad and enjoyed the ‘off-beat’ness of it. Just started Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight which is a non-fictional account of the life of the author growing up in Africa.

My daughter and I are having a debate about semi-colons; she claims that they are not acceptable in formal writing while I rather like a semi-colon and think, when used properly, they are fine. Where do you stand on semi-colons?

Well, I have a whole slew of projects I’m working on today…hoping for a productive day. 

Hope your week is wonderful my friends.

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  1. I wholeheartedly believe in semi-colons in formal writing, when they are used properly — which is not often the case. I was taught that a semi colon links stand alone sentences, which are linked in thought in some way. Very powerful when used sparingly.

    1. Hello there fellow semi-colon lover! When used properly (which is critical) they are such a lovely transition. Like you, I used them primarily to link 2 stand-alone but related sentences. Let’s stand tall against this semi-colon slander!!



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