Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I LOVE animals with the exception of a few, like spiders, snakes, and possums. My father, son, and husband have helped me to see the value in such species at least. Possums are scavengers and clean up a lot of nasty stuff. Snakes eat tons of outdoor rodents. Spiders help with bug control. Every animal is important in the food chain. They all have value but I'm never going to love these guys or cozy up to them.
One summer there was a black widow spider living in our outdoor fan. I told my hubby to get rid of it but he decided to use it as an excuse to "help" me become more familiar with spiders. Thanks a lot, Bozo!! I admit that the spider had a very nice web but there was some leftover bug remnants in the web that had been sucked dry. Kind of gruesome. While we were watching, as if on cue, a huge caterpillar fell out of the tree and ended up crawling up into the fan and into the web. The spider, ever diligent, rushed over and spun his web around it's victim just like Spiderman in the movies. Whip, whip, whip. It was amazing. Also extremely frightening. My husband admired the spider. I felt sorry for the bug. Maybe you thought I might have some major revelation about the sanctity of life and a poor spider trying to eke out a living. Charlotte's Web, you know................... Nah, I still wanted the spider killed but hubby had developed feelings for the spider and could not bring himself to do it. So she stayed until one day when I noticed Mrs.Spider had a large sack of baby spiders on her back and I did her in. LOL. I am not having thousand of poisonous spiders living in my fan!!
I feed the wildlife around here. All kinds of wild life, even crows. Many people don't like crows because they have horrible cranky sounding voices and they aren't very attractive as far as birds go. But they are also one of the smartest birds and they will eat anything. My son and I don't like egg yolks so every day I feed them to the crows. The local crow group sees me coming down the path and they sound the trumpet. You can hear them screaming, "The egg yolk lady is coming!!" LOL. Actually they are smarter than that and probably say, "It's the spider killer. We will hide and steal her eggs!" They wait patiently in the trees, clicking, waiting for me for me to put the yolks in the same spot. As I get closer they become very quiet. "Shhh!! Let's not mess this up!!". LOL. They seem to really like those eggs.
Speaking of rodents, today I think my computer mouse died. I had a spare so I was not concerned. I like to be prepared for all contingencies. I went to the box the new mouse was in and started to look for it.The huge box split apart and the contents traveled over the floor for several miles. Grrr. I started squawking like an old crow. "Dangit!! I just want my egg yolks!!!! I mean mouse!!" A simple task ended up taking me an hour as I had to find some boxes to put the stuff in and then decided to go through the stuff while I was at it. I got distracted by the goodies in the box so I'm still not done. LOL.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
It was another chilly, gloomy day at 35 degrees so I decided to go to town and do my errands. Just the usual stuff - post office, newspaper office, water company, bank, Lowes, Aldis, Krogers, Wal-Mart, meat market.
I took some peanut butter stuffed celery with me to eat in the car. I ate it and was still starved but managed to resist the call of the fast food sirens. I tried to ignore each fast food joint I passed by. I briefly would look at the marquees but would not "entertain" the menu like I normally do. I dismissed them quickly and told myself I would eat when I got home and I did.
I got home in time to put everything away, eat a brief snack, and start supper. On days like this I keep it simple - grilled tenderloin, spinach salad, and strawberries.
I bought the spark book today. I hope to gain some insight into my struggles. So many others have benefited from it. Maybe I will as well.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was out and it was in the lower 40's. I heard birds singing............serious singing............love songs. LOL. YEAH!!
My son was called to work again Friday. I had planned for him to go to town with me because I needed another strong back (weak mind - lol ). I wanted him to help me pick up some gardening supplies. We could have used his Ranger pick-up truck. I needed the supplies so I decided to go it alone anyway. I'm not a fan of driving the FX4 but can do it when I have to. So I took off in it and went to the post office first and then visited my hubby on his lunch hour. I went to the bank and gas station followed by a local gardening store called Anchor. It's a fantastic store and has the neatest gardening stuff but it's expensive and I usually try to find what I need at other places and use this as a last resort. I needed 3 - 16 inch concrete pavers to put in the middle of one of my annual rings. I then went to Tractor Supply and bought 2 - 40 pound bags of sunflower seeds, 10 suet cakes, and a 10 pound bag of finch seeds. By then it had became apparent how much easier it is to hoist this stuff up into my sons truck as opposed to the FX4. My next trip was to Wal-Mart to get more bananas - my son and husband are a couple of monkeys and eat 14 bananas a week!! I also bought one of those brass solar lights for Wheeler's grave. Then it was off to KMart to purchase some plant food. And finally to Lowe's to get a 40 pound bag of lime and 8 - 2 cubic feet bags of soggy, half-frozen potting soil. At least I had some help at Lowe's. I drove home and left it all in the truck. Pfftttttttt!! I had enough of that for the day!! No need to have my uterus fall out which at my age is a possibility. I fixed supper and then hubby and I went for a hike - like I needed more exercise!!!! I must be insane.
Today my hubby got me up early so I made breakfast. It was sunny but windy and cooler. We had a lot we needed to get done outside as..............are you ready?........................signs of spring are here!!!! Yes, really!!!! The shrubs are all getting buds and my hardy amaryllis, daffodils, crocus, iris, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, and herbs are all coming up. A beautiful red headed woodpecker showed up at our feeder and has been draining it all day. It is time to fertilize the perennials so hubby and I fertilized the flowers I mentioned plus the herbs, lilies, bearded iris, asparagus, hosta bed, barberry bush, holly, burning bush, snow ball bush, yews, pines, hydrangeas, periwinkles, spirea, wiegela, flowering almond, coral bells, cranesbills, bleeding hearts, astilbe, mums, gladiolas, peonies, euonymus, lilacs, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, apple trees, peach trees, pear trees, etc. We forgot the wild flower bed which has lots of sweet woodruff, spiderwort, Solomon seal, and purple trilliums. I weeded the 5 raised veggie beds as weeds are coming back. We then limed the veggie garden. We worked in the green house planting more seeds- cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and watered the plants that were in there already. I need to clean up the screen room soon as I will be spending more time out there.
We put Wheeler's light on her grave. Hubby really liked it and I was surprised. He really loved our little Wheeler and called her his Bitty Baby. He said that the light reminded him of JFK's eternal light on his grave. LOL. I don't know that I would compare our dead pet chinchilla to a respected slain president of the USA but my hubby really did love her and took such good care of her when she was sick and dying. Men can be so strangely sentimental sometimes. Now if we could just train them to stop belching, farting, and scratching so much.
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