What is it with those annoying tiny little sugar ants this year? We get them on and off every summer it seems, but this year they are relentless. Don't leave anything out on the counter, even if it is just to have a break from doing the bloody dishes and sit for a spot and knit. They are waiting, they send out a couple chaps to check it out, then they give the secret ant whistle and before you know it- bam- swarming all over. They perpetually hang out in the dishwasher. The trash can- relentless, and one of their favorite spots? Yep the compost bucket.
I splurged last year and got the bucket with the filter so it could just sit on the counter looking lovely and not smelly. Turns out the ants can still penetrate the lid fortress. Skip forward to strolling through Target and seeing these lovely melamine bowls from Rachel Ray- great colors, very vintage esque. She called them "garbage bowls" hmmm- oh, like a scrap bowl on the counter. Neat- then I looked at the price tag- nope.
Granted this vintage girl knows vintage melamine speckled "confetti bowls fetch a pretty price tag in the fleas and antique shops, but I am hankering that these were mass produced over seas and would rather spend my dollars on something old.
Here is where reading some really funny blog posts about Garbage bowls gave me some laughs and also a reminder that A: some folks just dislike Rachel Ray and probably judge anything she does and B: there really is nothing wrong with wanting a charming bowl for your counter. It is up to you.
Me- well, I did not have a single plastic bowl in the house. Our stock of pottery bowls is still holding strong but a few have had tragic drops this past month. So I put on my melamine "texas ware" scanning glasses at the fleas and found this sweet little, very well used "garbage bowl" for a couple bucks. Now the compost bucket sits outside tempting the ants and hopefully keeping them away from my kitchen and charming little bowl gets the job of collecting the scraps in between. Take that ants- this is war!