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Archive for March, 2006

monster

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Green Fruit Beetle Grub
BUGS. Monsters on earth, or in this case in earth. While digging my garden to prepare for tomato transplants I unearthed 6 monster worms that quite frankly scared me. Seemed like they could eat a lot of stuff with their jaws. Usually I squish all grub-looking things in the garden, but since I have tried to go as organic as possible I wanted to be sure what I was dealing with.

See, I bury my leaves directly in the garden soil. I noticed that the soil was broken down quite well, more than I expected. After finding the coolest bug web site I discovered what I had were native Green Fruit Beetle Grubs, soon to be metallic green scarab beetles. What they do is eat rotten decaying matter. So, I moved them to new “digs,” the compost heap.

See, these grubs were doing what they do. Now the compost will brake down even faster thanks to them. Check out www.whatsthatbug.com and learn about bugs in your yard. Not all are bad, some are great to have around. Imagine my horror when a friend of ours was ready to spray their tomato plants because they were full of little green flying bugs. They were Lacewings which eat aphids and other bugs you don’t want on your plants. Know your bugs and share your earth!

feet

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

wedding feet
A picture of our feet on our wedding day. I gave my hubby a toe ring a couple of weeks before our wedding. I already had a toe ring, long before they became so popular. And these are the real deals, a complete band. Because we were married in our bare feet, seemed only fitting to take a photo to capture the moment. Notice the “Teva Tans” from our sandals.

tattoo

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Dad’s tattoo
This is what I can remember my Dad’s tattoo looking like. My Dad was a husband, father of two girls, and a baby clothes salesman who just happened to own a Harley. He got the tattoo from the next door neighbor named Gypsy, a wondering Harley Davidson tattoo artist partyer. These two souls collided one night over many beers and BAM! My Dad was the proud owner of a tattoo.

It was supposed to have his name on it. But for some reason, that did not happen. Must have been that last beer. So for my illustration, I put his name on it for him. Love you Dad!

Insect

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Praying Mantis
These insects are near and dear to me, for many reasons. Mostly because they DO look at you when you look at them, and there is something about that alien face that scares the heck out of most people.

And now for some bug history: You see, I am bug girl, always have been and always will be. When I was little I would read about a beetle or spider and the next day find it and keep it for a while in a jar for observation, eventually letting it go. When I was in the 2nd grade, I caught a praying mantis. It even made a trip to school. I brought it home and I tried to grab it out of the “bug ball” to release it when it reached back and grabbed a hold of my finger, NEVER to let go. Mom got it off, (sorry mantis, I never meant to hurt you!) and it was the last time I took a bug for granted.

Recently my nephew has discovered them, his Dad finds huge ones where he works during the summer and brings them home. My nephew wanted to pick it up, so my Sister told him to call me and ask about the “big green bug that pinched me.” Hopefully he learned from my story. He named the mantis Ricka in my honor, then let it go in the garden.

Tea

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Tea for Two
“A cup of tea, for me, and you-hoo-hoo!”