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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 96

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I hope you had a great week!

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What a week it was!

We enjoyed a fun few days in Vermont on the lake. Chris and I went to the outdoor flea market and found some cool stuff!

Since we chatted last, we had a few unexpected visitors in our pool so have I got a story for you!!

Last week while the pool was being serviced, the pool person found some odd things in the pool filter. One of which was a live milk snake.

Like EWWWWWW right???

Every now and then we find a dead thing or two in the filter. I mean, we live in the woods on 10 acres so it’s bound to happen.

Anyway, fast forward to Sunday when Chris and I were wrapping up the day by the pools when I literally saw a tiny snake’s head pop up as he zipped through the water.

Like it was swimming in the pool along the edge!

home and garden blogger stacy ling floating on a floatie in her swimming pool with ther family

So I jumped out of the pool and grabbed the skimmer.

Chris tried to grab the snake to get it out but he totally missed so, like the ninja that I am, I skimmed that sucker right out of the pool.

But he was moving so quick, I thought he was going to slither out so I quickly dumped him over the fence!

Crisis averted, right?

Fast forward a few days later when I was happily swimming laps in the pool and saw that same snake swimming around in the filter.


Luckily, Chris was around at the time so he inspected the filters and there was a dead one in one and a live one zipping around.

Oh my heavens no.

So Chris said he’d swoosh him out of the filter so I could use my fast thinking ninja skills with the skimmer to catch him.

Chris encourages him out and he zipped out of the filter.

But he was not quick enough to escape my fast reflexes with the pool skimmer. So I scooped him out and tossed him into the woods.

It’s been a few days and I have not seen him since. So fingers crossed it has given up on swimming in the pool.


black lab lounging by the pool

What I’m Shopping For This Week

As I’m decorating for fall and making our house feel more like a home, I picked up a few more things this week and want to share a few great deals I found.

If you are a big fan of Pottery Barn, they are having a huge Labor Day weekend sale where you can get 70% off!

Speaking of sales, Target also has some end of summer deals for 30% off this weekend.

Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!

monstera deliciosa in family room with round coffee table and sofa with neutral boho throw pillows

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

To start the week in the garden, I shared 11 simple gardening tips that will make your life easier. Whether you are a newbie or home decor enthusiast, these hacks will help you successfully grow a garden with ease.

We also chatted about my passion for monstera plants and why you should grow them too. I’m growing two different varieties and find them incredibly easy to grow.

My favorite is the monstera deliciosa because it’s big, it’s beautiful, and the foliage is dramatic! I’m planning to divide it soon and can’t wait to grow more than just one of these pretty plants.

Close up of Monstera plant foliage

In addition to the monstera plant, I shared my secrets for making tasty meatballs in Italian gravy.

This is my favorite dish to make for Sunday meals. And if you make enough, you’ll have dinner for days.

So come enjoy an amazing Italian dinner with us as I share how to make meatballs in the oven.

close up of sunday sauce with meatballs How to Make Sunday Sauce like a Pro
Sunday Sauce with Meatballs

With the arrival of football season, I shared my tips for throwing the best tailgating party.

Whether you are celebrating at the stadium or throwing a tailgating party with friends at the park, this post has you covered.

And I’ve got some great recipes for it too. Check out the tailgate menu at the end of this post.

Setting up a tailgate party in front of a ford raptor with camp chairs, folding table and yeti cooler -Throw the Best Tailgating Party

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill is always duping something cool and this week is no exception.

Wait until you see how she duped some thrift store finds to make these adorable terracotta jackolanterns.

terracotta jackolantern dupe

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared some fall decorating tips for creating a cozy cottage kitchen.

I love all the pretty flowers and organic element she uses with her decorating style.

cozy fall cottage kitchen decorating ideas for fall

You know how much I love a pretty wreath that you can make yourself for free.

Well my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse made this beautiful DIY fall wreath by preserving leaves from her landscape.

Isn’t it so pretty?

diy fall wreath with preserved leaves

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

These easy fall decorating ideas before pumpkins.

This peach glazed pork tenderloin sounds SO GOOD!

These tips for transitioning your porch from summer to fall.

This corn relish steak dinner idea.

These leaf crafts for fall.

This pepper jelly dip.

This easy spinach berry salad.

These painted pillow covers for fall.

About Me

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I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as find ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes too.

Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. Hey Stacy,
    We get frogs in our trap all the time. No snakes yet. 🤦‍♀️
    Thanks for sharing my wreath this week. I didn’t write a Dirt Road Adventures this weekend since we are at the beach. I’ll be catching up on all the great posts next weekend.

  2. A snake? That’s a no for me. Yikes! I hope he doesn’t return! And your meatballs with Sunday sauce are making my mouth water. I definitely need to try those. Thank you so much for sharing my pork tenderloin recipe this week. I appreciate. I hope you have a Happy Labor Day

  3. Oh, friend! I might never get back in the pool after a snake joined me…you are much braver than me on that one. So much inspiration today! Thank you for sharing that pepper jelly dip. It’s certainly become a favorite. Happy Labor Day weekend!

  4. Stacy, oh my! I just can’t get the snake story out of my head! Good grief. We found a dead rat in our pool once and I was creeped out for weeks. I shared your meatball recipe on my Saturday Meanderings today and can’t wait to try it. Happy Labor Day, friend!

    1. So bad right? We cannot have that!xoxo Thank you so much for sharing it Mary!!! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. Stacy, I would have freaked out if I saw a snack while swimming. So glad you used your ninja moves to get it. Thanks so much for including me in your post.

  6. I really like both of the chairs you picked out!
    And I was worried about fish swimming up and biting me in the lake…now you’ve added snakes in the pool!!!

  7. Gross on the snakes. When we lived in LA, we would get rats and rattle snakes I. Our pool. It was so awful.
    Thank you so much for the feature, my friend. I so appreciate you.