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Yay! I Have Roaches! Dubia, that is!

If you all remember, I have been raising crickets to feed to my bearded dragon, Cooper.  Unfortunately, I have not been having a good time of it these past few months.  Spiders have been a consistent problem, but one I could control.  Virus’s, on the other hand, are not so easily dealt with when I have to buy crickets from the outside to bring in to supplement my population.  It has gotten to the point where it is extremely difficult to raise babies to adulthood.  Which means buying more crickets.  At 12 cents a piece, it costs more to feed a little lizard than a 50 lb. dog.  So after research and discussion, I have decided to switch over to Dubia roaches (blaptica dubia).

Dubia roaches are roughly 35 percent protein compared to about 18.7 percent for crickets.  Their shell is softer than an adult cricket’s exo which means it is easier to digest.  Die off is minimal and instead of living just a few months, they can live 1 1/2 to 2 years.  And there is very little smell and no noise.

You can keep them in plastic containers or aquariums. Drill holes in the plastic tubs for air circulation or cut squares out of the lid. You might want to glue screening across the openings in case the small babies manage to climb the sides.  The adults aren’t so good at it.   A screen lid for the aquarium is fine.  Egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, cardboard stacked closely together, all are good for the roaches to hide in. They eat grains, vegetables, and fruits.  That means what you have in the house can be used to feed them.  Feed your roaches well and you feed your pet well. They do require heat, 80 to 90 degrees, in order to reproduce.  Light bulbs, heat emitters, or under the tank heaters are options. Water is a must.  Supply it in a dish filled with cotton balls or water crystals.  Babies drown VERY easily. This will also help keep the humidity up so they can molt.  Mold is the biggest danger to the roaches so keep everything clean and remove food before it goes bad.  The only drawback is the start-up price.  These guys aren’t cheap.  But spread out over time they’ll more than pay for themselves.

I bought my roaches at http://www.buydubiaroaches.com/ .  I am thrilled.  All the roaches I purchased arrived alive.  It has been a week and there have been no deaths.

Here is how they arrived minus the newspaper that held everyone in place.  Note the styrafoam lining the box.  It also came with a heat pack because it was in the 20's here.  They also have the post office hold the box for you to pick up to reduce the amount of time the roaches are exposed to the cold or heat.

Here is how they arrived minus the newspaper that held everyone in place. Note the styrofoam lining the box. It also came with a heat pack because it was in the 20’s here. They have the post office hold the box for you to pick up to reduce the amount of time the roaches are exposed to the cold or heat. Awesome!

These are the 1 in. to 1 1/8 in. large nymphs that were in the top container. Look how healthy they are!

I ordered 50 of the 1 in. to 1 1/8 in. large nymphs. They were in the top container. Look how healthy they are!

Here is the bottom of the Mixed sizes container (1/4 to 1 in. / 200 count)

Here is the bottom of the Mixed sizes container (1/4 to 1 in. / 200 count).

These are what were left after I got the egg cartons out.  As you can see it is a good mix of sizes.

These are what were left after I got the egg cartons out. As you can see it is a good mix of sizes.  There are chunks of water crystals in the shipping containers to supply water in transit.  They are to the left of the quarter along with some pieces of exoskeletons.

Even after being locked up in a dark box being bounced around for two days, they began to explore their new home within minutes.

Even after being locked up in a dark box being bounced around for two days, they began to explore their new home within minutes.  Note all the toilet paper tubes stapled together.  They’re cheaper than egg cartons! 😀  Roaches need someplace to hide for most of the day.  They are nocturnal insects.  Once they get used to where they live they will move around occasionally during the day.  But they much prefer the night.  I have discovered this past week that they are like the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches I used to own in that they need to be touching each other to be happy.  Thus all the little ones have stuffed themselves into the small spaces between the tubes.  When I move them to a 10 gallon tank, I’m going to smash the tubes into ovals so that it is easier for them to touch each other.

This guy decided that exploring could wait.  He was hungry!

This guy decided that exploring could wait. He was hungry!

This is a top view of the plastic tub I have them in, one week later.  Still no dead roaches.  Note the cap full of cotton balls.  That is their water dish.  Small roaches drown VERY easily.  You need to keep water available at all times.  Water crystals are also good for supplying water.

This is a top view of the plastic tub I have them in, one week later. Still no dead roaches. Note the cap full of cotton balls. That is their water dish. Small roaches drown VERY easily. You need to keep water available at all times.

Some people will tell you to keep your roaches in the dark all the time.  This is something I disagree with.  I believe all critters that are used to a day/night schedule in the wild should have one in captivity as well.  So there will be light when I finally get these guys into a tank.  Right now I have them in this tub and have them on top of my refrigerator where it stays in the low 80’s.  Which is fine, they’re eating and molting.  But as they approach adulthood they’ll need better heat to get them into breeding mode.

Roach pile!  Don't they look good?  When I run out of crickets, this will be Cooper's new protein source.

Roach pile! Don’t they look good? When I run out of crickets, this will be Cooper’s new protein source.

Hope you enjoyed the post.  With any luck, when they’re grown,  I’ll catch somebody making their egg case and get pics.  Fingers crossed!

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Just Touching Base

Random Thoughts

So life has been making me crazy.  It’s taxes, which my husband’s work screwed up and we’re probably going to get stuck paying the penalties.  It’s financial time for my daughter’s school and I’m late – again.  It’s getting my son’s admissions and financial shit done so he can start college in the fall.  And I need to get him a passport for the school trip in June.  Oh, and did I mention the sleep deprivation that’s helping me function so well? (heavy sarcasm)  And, of course, Boston.  So I’m a little bonkers right now.

However, I did want to try to get at least 100 posts up this year.  Hopefully, I’ll do more than that, but that’s at least 2 a week and I’m behind already! 🙂  I need to start making notes.  I think to myself, “Oh, I should put this on the blog.” and then it scoots right out of my brain.  Notes, I need to make notes.

I have nothing profound to say today.  Just touching base.  Hopefully, I’ll get all the financial crap out of the way by Wednesday and have myself a sleep in day.  And then it’ll be onward and forward.  Spring is here and there is sooo much to do!

“There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

Life At Our House

Saver came home for the weekend.  It is always nice to get some daughter time.  Saver came home because Spider Bait was given his Eagle Scout award.  I cried.  Saver cried.  We were so thrilled.  He doesn’t like his picture on the blog or I would show you how handsome he looked all dressed up.  You’ll have to make do with a picture of the pin I got ’cause he’s an Eagle Scout.

Dad got one, too.  Only it says 'Dad' on it!  :)

Dad got one, too. Only it says ‘Dad’ on it! 🙂

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I caved and bought a rosemary plant and a basil plant (I have seeds).  Even though the basil is still a baby I pinched some leaves and made a tomato sandwich.  *sigh*  I wish it was summer all year.

Yum!

Yum!

Fur Babies And Other Critters

I'm going to climb wherever I want to!

I’m going to climb wherever I want to!

Mmmmmm, Saver's home.

Mmmmmm, Saver’s home.

Out In The Yard

I took these pictures about 2 weeks ago.  My crocuses’ last hurrah.

Little irises and crocus

Little irises and crocus

Lotsa purple

Lotsa purple

Stripes!

Stripes!

Mug of the Day

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I cannot remember how I got this mug.  There’s a story.  I just cannot remember it right now.  *sigh*  Saver, how ’bout you?

Our Loss of Wonder

Random Thoughts

Apparently Saver has the flu.  Any good thoughts or well wishes  you could send her way will be greatly appreciated.

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I’m happy to report my back is almost better.  I’m starting to get some sleep at night.  More would be better, but I’m at least semi-conscious during the day now.  I wound up spending too much time considering life and getting into a funk.  These two sayings popped for me:

“The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death, but in what dies inside of you while you live.”  — Norman Cousins

From ‘Romancing the Ordinary’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach:  Toward  the end of her life, the great environmentalist Rachel Carson confessed that if she could bestow a birth gift on every child, it would be “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years” and the inevitable “alienation from the sources of our strength.”

Do you remember when you were a child and anything was possible?  The world was yours for the taking.  You could be anything you wanted, go anywhere in the world, discover hidden treasures, live happily ever after.  And then you begin to grow up and ‘Real Life’ happens and the exuberance and wonder you had as a child is slowly eroded away.  How many of us manage to hang on to that rush?  To the feeling that every new day is an adventure waiting to happen?  Not anyone I know, me included.

So this is where I acknowledge I’ve written myself into a corner.  ‘Cause I really have not reached a conclusion and have had no flash of insight.  I still need to find a way back, a path to follow.  Maybe I should just start with ‘mornings’.

This is funny – “Start each day with a smile and get it over with.” — W.C. Fields

And I love many of this woman’s sayings – “What happiness there is when I awake to find near me the gift of a Morning!” — Abbie Graham

And we really should be grateful every time we do get another one of those.  (I’m done throwing quotes around now.)

Life At Our House

Not much to report.  The Christmas Tree’s bone structure was removed from the house and its remains were literally raked up off the floor and thrown into the burn pile with the carcass.  Finally.

We also have been having -more- snow.  And now the weather is warming up and I was greeted with this view from my kitchen window.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

I think there is a lot of snow melting off my roof.

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

So where did the drip, drip come from that formed this random icicle hanging off the tree branch?

Fur Babies and Other Friends

So now that I have been on regular spider patrol, I have baby crickets.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

Which is a good thing because Cooper just keeps on growing.  Check it out.

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big...

When Cooper came here he was thiiiis big…

And now he's THIS big!

And now he’s THIS big!

Out In The Yard (or Plants n stuff)

I went a little crazy right after Christmas.  I HAVE to get back to the stuff that makes me happy.  The things that I do well.  And plants are in that catagory.  It’s a long story, but I’m mostly plantless these days.  And the house used to have plants all over.  I really, really miss and need greenery in my life.

Because I needed to buy Cooper a bigger house (he grew waaaay faster than anticipated) and I’m greedy and want as much as I can get for the least amount of money;  I hit sales and clearance racks for greenery.  On sale for $2-$3 a bulb were Amaryllis.  I love growing them and bringing them into bloom.  Somewhere I have a picture of Saver when she was little in her Christmas outfit sitting next to one of my Amaryllis in bloom.  *sigh*

I bought 3 and planted them in my Christmas planter.  I will get blooms off 2 of them this year.  In fact, one of them is open and a surprise.  The box said I was getting a single white.  But this is what I really got.  Surprise!

Does that look like pure white to you?

Does that look like pure white to you?

And that's definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

And that’s definitely a second row of petals, so not a single either.

This was a special treat of a surprise.

Mug of the Day

Saver is on her way back to bed with her flu bug and it’s 12:30 a.m. so I leave you here.  Night all!

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New Tarot Deck And A Surprised Lizard

Random Thoughts

My husband actually got a bit of a bonus.  I was surprised and relieved.  It was not a ‘good’ year for the company my husband works for, but they are not sentimental.  If there is no money, there are no bonuses.  So we decided to take a little for each of us (mad money) and throw the rest at Christmas.

I decided to go after another Tarot Deck.   I’m still just a dabbler, still just learning, and there are so many wonderful decks it’s hard to choose just one.  I eventually narrowed it down to two;  Shadowscapes Tarot by Barbara Moore and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.

Shadowscapes Tarot has the most beautiful Faerie art imaginable.  It’s stunning.  Go  to  www.shadowscapes.com/Tarot/ to see the cards.   In truth, this was my first choice.  But as I was cruising around looking for the best deal, I was also reading comments.  Two things bothered me personally.  One was the repeated complaints about how small the art work was on the cards.  For those of us whose arms are no longer long enough to read without glasses, this is a problem.  Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s art work is detailed and delicate.  Gorgeous.  Being unable to see all the details would mean losing some of the meaning of the card.  The second problem I had was that the meanings of the cards that I saw seemed to be either all ‘good’ or all ‘bad’.  Granted I didn’t see all of the meanings; but those I did see seemed to be too constricting for me personally.  But if you can see the art work on the cards, it would be a wonderful deck to have for the beauty alone.   She does have two art books out, one for the Major Arcana and one for the Minor Arcana that has the paintings inside with information about each card.

After checking out the comments on the Steampunk Tarot, I decided to go with it.  It’s modeled after the Rider-Waite Tarot with a Steampunk twist.  For those of you who aren’t into the art of Steampunk,  you will find the artwork too dark in a lot of the pictures.  There are also no Reverse card meanings.  Apparently Barbara Moore doesn’t do Reverse cards, feeling she can get what she needs from the upright images alone.  An interesting concept to be explored further. I haven’t read all of the card meanings, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.  The book also begins with Tarot basics and I found some new ways to read cards.  My only complaint is the blatant sales pitches for her other books.  And, OH!, I also join the rest of the crowd in complaining yet again about the fact that Llewellyn Publishing really needs to get better card stock for their cards.  I will, however, be keeping this deck.  I’ll just have to be careful with it.  Here are some pics:  (Please remember my shaky hands and cheapo camera.)

The Box.  This is the Queen of Cups.

The Box. This is the Queen of Cups.

The back of the cards.

The back of the cards.

This guy didn't want his picture taken.  It took me four tries to get a decent one.

The Magician. This guy didn’t want his picture taken. It took me four tries to get a decent one.

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The High Priestess

I love this version of The Devil.

I love this version of The Devil.

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Knight of Wands

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Knight of Cups

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Knight of Swords

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Knight of Pentacles

Life at Our House

Spider Bait had to work at the Greenhouse today.  Tomorrow he will once again be out working on his Eagle Project.

Except for a couple of items the stores didn’t have (like dry cat food in our brand), I finished the monthly shopping.  I also bought some meat on sale so the husband will get to Foodsaver pack them and put them in our clean, defrosted freezer (which took me 2 days to do).

And here is our ancient washing machine lying on its side awaiting parts:

What have you done to me?

What have you done to me?

Also, earlier today as I stepped out onto the porch I nearly stepped on this beautiful feather.  I wonder what message is coming my way?

Most likely a dove left this as a gift.

Most likely a dove left this as a gift.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Baby Cricket Report:  Death all around.  I have been trying to raise crickets to feed my lizard.  (see this post https://crittersandchaos.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/le-tour-de-france-just-past-half-way/ ) I have done this before.  But for some reason I just could not get these guys to live very long.

One day while tipping the toilet paper tubes on end to dump poop out, a whole bunch of dead babies fell out of one particular tube (I have them stapled together).  What the ???  What is this, the tube of death?  I held the tubes up so I could look into them and inside that tube was a spider.  A fat spider.  I began checking all the baby cricket tubs.  In every single one there was a spider hiding between the paper tubes and in the adult breeding tub there were three!  So I am now starting over again and part of cricket maintenance is spider removal!

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Lizard Report:  Name change again!  (Poor lizard.  I can’t remember ever having this much trouble finding a name for an animal.)  I moved over to Cooper.  I tried to think how I came up with this one and realized the dog in What Lies Beneath was named Cooper.  A character in Jayne Castle’s (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) book Ghost Hunter was named Cooper.  And, of course, Karl Urban’s character in Red (one of the best movies ever) was named Cooper.  And so far, so good.

I’m going to end this post with my surprised lizard (it’s after midnight, again).  I had the Christmas music turned up loud and went striding into the room and just poofed into lizard view.  He jumped straight up and landed on a piece of wood.  He wasn’t so upset that he showed teeth and hissed.  But he was upset enough to puff up like a puffer fish and also puff up his neck and turn it black.  Poor baby.

Don't DO that!

Don’t DO that!

I am NOT amused!

I am NOT amused!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

The Gift of Grace (I Need It) Part 2

Random Thoughts

Some of us are slow and have to do things over and over before they sink in.  I’ve edited part of the April 24th post (Random Thoughts section) to fit now.  But I really didn’t have to do that much to it, which is rather sad.  Try, try again.

I am sick to death of sleep being such a damn battle.  I have sleep issues related to my childhood and  I am also a light sleeper and if I wake up I have trouble getting back to sleep.  Because I am a light sleeper I have a very low threshold for sleep deprivation (didn’t find this out till I was in my 30′s).  I have a funky metabolic rate which might get me up in the a.m. to eat.  Now add a brain that just will not shut up and I’m screwed.  Routines help to a certain degree,  exhaustion sometimes helps, exercise helps to a certain degree, I’ve taken meds (but because of my metabolism they only last half the time listed so I may just pop awake in the middle of the night).  I can’t just set a schedule and keep it hell or high water because lack of sleep shoots my immune system down and I get sick.  So I have to make time to sleep even if it means sleeping into the afternoon.  Which, of course, just screws with my whole day.  I would love to find just one thing that would shut my brain down and always put me to sleep.  (Aside from a 2 x 4 upside the head.)

I really wanted to start and finish Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach this year.  It has helped in the past and the past couple of years have had a whole lot of not fun in them.  I’m now about three months behind (tomorrow, tomorrow) and am also not writing in my Gratitude Journal.  I need to do this.

I haven’t been getting out in the yard and into the dirt on a regular basis.  Which I know helps tremendously with my mental health.  I need to do this, too.

I got behind on the mail and bills.  Again.  I have got to stop doing this.

I’m fairly new to Tarot, but I have found it helpful and centering.  Now I’m not even doing a card a day draw.  Need to get back to this.

And somewhere in here I need to start exercising (walking) – again.  (Is there an award for # of starts?)

That’s enough whining for today.  I’m going to reach for a favorite little prayer of mine.  I need to get my calligraphy marker out and put this on one of my flowered papers and keep it visible.  For those of you who wish to, substitute your belief system where you will.

Just for Today

Oh, God, give me grace for this day.  Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, nor for tomorrow, just for this day.  Direct my thoughts and bless them.  Direct my work and bless it.  Direct the things I say and give them blessing too.  Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do.  So that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence. — Marjorie Holmes

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I am now up to 10,411 pieces of email deleted.  WOO HOO!  Which means I am now down to the point  where I can find things when they’re sent to me.  I still have a way to go because a lot of what is left has to be read.  But I’m getting there!

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Did you ever buy anything and after you got it home found out it wasn’t quite what you thought it was?  I was digging around in boxes and found a journal I had purchased several years ago, still in its wrapper.  It was on a clearance shelf and cheap and I had gift certificates to burn.  I thought it was lovely/interesting and it even had a key and lock!  So I grabbed it.

Well I started to unwrap it and found the spine had something written on it, um.. “Desire – A Private Journal”  This is the first page:

Well, some of the pages have illustrations on them and there are quotes dealing with “Desire” throughout the journal.  Here is one of the pictures I can show you:

So I’m thinking I’m going to put this back in the box for now, ’cause I’m not really sure exactly what I want to do with it!

Life at Our House

So this weekend Spider Bait is off on a Boy Scout adventure in the rough.  A requirement that needs gotten out-of-the-way before the weather gets nasty.  I growled at him for only taking 1 pair of shoes with him.  I hope his feet haven’t rotted off.  He should be home tomorrow after lunch.

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I was finally able to email my phone pictures to myself from the County Fair.  Yep, with just a little help.  Of course, because they were crappy, cheapo, phone pics, only a couple of them were even usable.  So here’s what I got:

Alpaca baby

Llama baby

Dwarf goat

Baby camel and baby zebra

Baby dwarf goat

Feed Me!  That’s a regular goat of some kind I have never seen before!

Bunny Wabbit!

Another Bunny Wabbit!

And, yep, I’m a Bunny Wabbit too!

This little guy would not sit still for a picture and his girl came up and kept trying to get a pose for me.  But he just wanted out.  This was the best I could do without driving the poor thing nuts.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Still trying to figure out a name for my lizard.  Uther?  Tiberius?  Sam?  Gryphon?

In the meantime, here’s a lazy day group of critters.

Asleep in my paper mess

The Princess on her pillow

Lazy day bird watching

Streeetch. Ah, yes, this couch is mine!

Out In The Yard

Our header today is the rose Graham Thomas.  It is one of my favorites.

I haven’t been out in the yard much except to water.  But I did find this guy hunting in my windows.

It’s now 10:04 pm and it says I’m over 1,ooo words, so I’m going to call it quits on this one tonight.  (It’ll be another 15-30 minutes for me to proof this and move the photos into the used files.)  Tomorrow is another day.

Add on:  Why in the hell does WordPress eat pieces here and there randomly out of the post???  I find this extremely annoying to have to go back and fill in the blanks.

Tour of Utah Over and an Unexpected Fabric Stash

Random Thoughts

So the Tour of Utah is over and disappointment reigns.  Levi Leipheimer was to defend his title and go for a third win.  Unfortunately,  Omega Pharma – Quick Step didn’t see fit to send him an ‘A’ list team to back him up.  Only 6 six riders, not 8, and one of the riders was a stagiaire! (Which is an amateur brought up to ride a few races with a pro team to see if he likes being a pro and also for the team to see if he works out.)  They did give Levi the Velits brothers, but with a stagiaire who couldn’t time trial with the pros, Levi lost 2 minutes in the team time trial.  He wound up riding most of the week on his own basically using other teams to help keep him from losing more time.  He got some time back on the first big mountain stage, but it wasn’t enough to bag the GC (lead).  So on the last day, on the last climb up Empire Pass, he managed to pull away and win the stage on his own.  Again he got some time back, but only enough to pull himself up to 6th place overall.  A stage win on Empire Pass isn’t anything to sneeze at, so at least he managed to get that as a small compensation for a bad week.

There was a lot of discussion about why Omega Pharma – Quick Step only sent a 6 rider team.  No one has a firm answer and Omega Pharma had no comment.  The really sad thing is Omega Pharma – Quick Step is sending the same team to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 20th.  Levi won that one as well (the first edition, no less) and you would think Omega Pharma – Quick Step would want to back him for the win to get the exposure for their sponsors.  Instead, they are going to get a lot more negative exposure here in the USA for sending a less than adequate team to help a former winner defend his title.

On the upside of the race, 6 of the top 10 placings at Utah were USA.  Matthew Busche, RadioShack-Nissan in 2nd, Joseph Dombrowski, Bontrager Livestrong in 4th, Ian Boswell, Bontrager Livestrong in 5th, Levi Leipheimer, Omega Pharma – Quick Step in 6th, Chris Horner, RadioShack – Nissan in 7th, and Lucas Euser, Team Spidertech p/b C10 in 8th.

Many of the same teams will be lining up in Colorado in 3 days.  One can only imagine the level of frustration Levi is dealing with knowing ahead of time he is riding with a ‘B’ team and only 6 riders to try to defend his title.

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After talking below about my email, I felt the need to say that I am working slowly on cleaning out my email.  So much is going on this year and everything is going to be coming in via email that I will be basically screwed if I don’t get this done fairly soon.  So far I’ve deleted 5,911 pcs of email (yes, I’m keeping track so I know I’ve gotten something done).  Please send good vibes my way to help me get this back under control.

Life At Our House

A few days back Spider Bait sent me a picture from work and asked if I wanted the fabric in the picture.  Huh?  So I called him to find out what was going on.  Turns out his boss sent him down the hill to torch a local dump site as it was getting too big.  (Saver, it’s the bend in the road before the bridge over the creek.)  When he got there he saw a number of boxes full of fabric samples and just couldn’t believe that someone had thrown them in the burn pile.  “Mom, I dug around in them.  There is nothing wrong with them!  It’s good fabric! And they are just going to burn them up!”  So I said I would take them.  Oh Em Gee, I had no idea there was so much!  Three boxes and an arm load.   And he was only able to rescue half!  Three boxes went up in flames because it was too dangerous/unstable for him to climb the pile and rescue them.  He carried the rescued boxes back up the hill one at a time for me.  I have no idea what all I will do with this bounty.  But I couldn’t stand the thought of them burning either.  Here’s a picture.  They are in the back of my van.

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There is so much total shit going on with my son’s school’s Marching Band that I still can’t write about it with any rationality.  His senior year in Marching Band has been trashed all due to politics and personal vendettas on the School Board.  Fuck the kids.  I don’t think I could even pretend to be polite to any of those people right now.  All the parades and festivals were cancelled as part of what’s going on.  However, when it came time for the bus painting at the County Fair, people were asking where our school was and that helped get them the opportunity to play at the Fair this week even though they didn’t get to paint a bus for the demolition derby.  Someone involved with the Fair went out and put our name on the unpainted bus and put it in the derby anyway.  I thought that was awfully nice of them.  BUT, the kids were not allowed to stay after the performance to watch the derby like every other year.  Many of us signed the release forms to get our kids off the bus back to school (I took responsibility for some of Spider Bait’s friends), but there were some kids whose parents didn’t come and didn’t sign them over to another parent and they had to go back with the bus.  Which sucked.  I’m still steaming.

To top it off, I forgot my camera.   GRRRRRRR.  I had to use my crappy, cheapo, phone camera which limited me to whatever had lights up (This takes place at night).  No, you don’t get to see the pictures yet.  I have to figure out how to get them from my phone to email cause my phone won’t hook up to a PC!  Then I have to dig them out of my email and figure out how to get them to my blog folder.  I will have computer people home this weekend to help me with this.

However, as part of Boy Scouts, Spider Bait and my husband went to help out at the ticket booths at the County Fair.  They brought more food home.

There were 2 awesome Gyros (there is only 1 in the picture) and a Calzone.

An elephant ear for mom.

Cotton candy, partially eaten.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

On the cricket front, the eggs have begun hatching and I now have a berjillion baby crickets.  Sooo many, hundreds, that I am now concerned about what in the heck I am going to do with that many.  Why can’t I do anything half way?  I would give you a picture but they are still so small they look like dirt on a paper towel.  Maybe next week.

I need a new name for my lizard.  We chose Galen originally, but it is so close to the name of a relative, that I keep popping out with his name instead (which would not go over well).  So I’m shopping for another one.  Sam, Jack, and Hawk are possibilities.  But Spider Bait and the woman who does my hair want a dragon type name.  But I can’t find any good ones so far that aren’t like 10 syllables long.  So he’s a no name again.  And he just keeps growing…

One month ago

10 days ago

Pretty boy!

Out In The Yard

Our header today is zinnias.  I want to show you  what a cheapo camera I’ve got.  I know, I shouldn’t complain.  At least I have a camera.  But check out the first shot compared to the ‘real’ picture.

‘Natural’ this isn’t

Much better

And for our viewing pleasure…

Mugs

This mug belonged to my maternal Grandmother.

(If I proof read and fix my header fast enough, I just might be done before Midnight!  Woo Hoo!)

Can I Have ‘Normal’ Now?

Random Thoughts

So we had more power issues (I will not complain about the storms, we sooo need rain), ongoing internet issues (first no internet, then off and on, then could read for a little while, then could read but play no videos…)  (I should also mention the internet tower is on top of the hospital, lightning – bad), Boy Scout camp again, bring Saver of Bugs home and run her to appointments, then the nieces and nephews came for their summer visit, and then I had to take Saver back to school (*sniffle*).  I’ve been busy on top of internet-less.  (Snivel and whine.  I missed the last 2 days of the Tour de France and had to wait for internet to watch them on replay.)

So, can I have ‘normal’ now?

“Let’s just acknowledge that as far as real life is concerned, we are only one step away from dealing with dysfunction.”  – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life at our House

So Spider Bait went to scout camp and was ‘tapped out’ for the ‘Order of the Arrow’.  He still has not decided whether or not to accept.  It is a lot of extra work to be done.

The nieces and nephews came for their summer visit.  I always love them being here but it gets hectic with four additional kids age 7 to 15.  Picking movies that everyone can enjoy is getting to the point where we may have to have separate movie nights.  ‘Harry and the Henderson’s’ saved the day this trip.  We did our usual trip to the Big City for the amusement park day and added ‘new’ by taking them to the state park to swim in the lake and also motor around the lake on ‘hydrobikes’.  I still can’t get used to seeing people riding ‘bikes’ around the lake.  If you’ve never seen one, check out this link:  http://www.funwatercraft.com/.  And my daughter decided to add to the fun by tipping her kayak which necessitated a tow to shore to dump the water out of the kayak so she could resume paddling.  I discovered I still know how to row a boat even if my neck was unimpressed and I’m slower than dirt.  We all had a good time and I was sad to see them leave.

*****

I have no pics to share of this visit because the only family members that know about this blog are my husband and kids.  No one wants to deal with the crap that would rain down because, not only am I blogging, I’m letting strangers read it as well.  Heaven forbid!

*****

The sad end to this was taking Saver back to college (I miss you!)  We tried to get some pictures to show the mountains, but the camera was uncooperative and it quit altogether on the way home.   I’ve only got one sorta mountain pic to share:

And Saver decided to take a picture of me driving (brat):

I managed to schlep a couple of pics in the greenhouse when I got to the school and Saver of Bugs went to water.

The day ended poorly for me.  Not only did I have to leave my daughter behind, but there was double the construction on the way home with 2 long waits in the broiling 90 degree sun on asphalt and no air conditioning (The car is old and I wasn’t sure how long the waits would be and I didn’t want to overheat the engine).  After the second  long wait, the road just opened up and off we went.  No signs of recent construction.  No signs of an accident.  About 20 miles down the road was my favorite rest stop.  While there, I found out I wasn’t the only one wondering WTF? over that last stoppage.  No one knew what it had been about.  I got home late and cooked through.  Then I had to clean lizard poop off just about everything in the tank, as my lizard had decided to run through it and paint the glass with it.  Then my cat scared my lizard while I was feeding him and he turned around and tried to bite me! (Why, yes, I’m whining.  Why do you ask?)  I was glad to see the end of the day.

Saver, on the other hand, was eating pizza and playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.  *sigh*

Movement

Today I got up later than expected and it threw me off a bit.  While I was eating breakfast for lunch, I suddenly remembered I wanted to go to the state park and learn about Geocaching!  Fortunately it was a come between two times kinda thing, so I made it with about 25 minutes to spare.  I now know the very basics of using a hand-held GPS device and how to find a Geocache!  I also now know that when the arrow thingy stops moving (lack of signal), so should you!  I managed to find all 4 geocaches (beginner, not really hidden).  The GPS said I covered 1.1 miles which was about a 3 % error rate for what I was doing.  Apparently that’s a good percentage.  It means I was searching intelligently.  They said once you hit 10% you’re basically just searching randomly.  Yay!  (Check out http://www.geocaching.com/ )

Out In The Yard

Our header today is Geraniums.  The woman who does my hair brought these to me from her garden.

One day about twoish weeks ago I had a ‘yellow’ day.

American Goldfinch

Imperial Moth

And then just before the nieces and nephews left, we found this on the tree.  Did you know they only live 7 days?

Luna Moth at rest.

To some people the Luna Moth is a symbol of spiritual transformation.  For me it is always a wonder to actually get to see one.  And I’ll appreciate them even more now that I know how short their life is.

Good night!