Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bugged II

After picking some tomatoes, the gardener headed toward the house.

Suddenly, out of nowhere.  A hit to the wrist!  A hit to the ankle!

Lily, a witness at the scene said, "it was bizarre.  Totally unprovoked.  A coordinated attack.  Dastardly.  The gardener didn't have a chance. "

"Later",  Lily continued, "I heard the gardener cursing.  It seems that calamine lotion has limited effectiveness on the swelling and itching, especially when spilled on the bathroom rug."

This local resident remarked that some bugs go a little crazy this time of year.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 51

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.

Somewhere in Michigan, via live Eagle Cam, beyond and below the nest containing a couple of baby eagles, something else was seen.

What was it?

A wolverine?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.


A squirrel?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
A homeless person?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A creepy clown?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A creepy clown urinating against a tree?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A squirrel urinating against a tree?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A member of PETA?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A PETA member urinating against a tree?

You guys are out of control.
Hostmaster:  correct.
Cyndi, what did the Eagle Cam catch?

Hostmaster:  correct again.  Probably.  Maybe.  Who knows?

I bet Bigfoot urinates against a tree.

So ends this round.
Want to see it?  Go here.

Round 51
Fluffy/Molly  21
Bryan/Cyndi  20

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bugged 1

Lots of grasshoppers at large lately, here at the homestead.  Also, surely not coincidentally, there has been lots of heavy webbage.

 Grasshoppers travelling willy-nilly often end up entangled.  Pictures of such occurrences are just too graphic to show.

Suffice it to say, spiders catch their prey and process them, as spiders do.

Good thing there are lots of grasshoppers because the resident ducks enjoy them too.

Other bugs have also been active lately, some of them of the stinging variety.  More on that after the swelling goes down.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fluffy and George and the Little Flower

 St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower 

St. Therese of Lisieux said, love proves itself by deeds,
 so how am I to show my love?
 Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way
I can prove my love is by scattering flowers,
and these flowers are every little sacrifice,
every glance and word, and the doing of the
least actions for love.

“Miss no single opportunity of
making some small sacrifice,
here by a smiling look,
there by a kindly word;
always doing the smallest
 right and doing it all for love.”

The splendor of the rose and the whiteness
 of the lily do not rob the little violet
 of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
 If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose,
spring would lose its loveliness.”

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Basil is Spent

September at the homestead, the garden is winding down.  Thoughts are turning to compost.  You know, spreading a blanket of compost on the garden so all is cozy till spring.

Meanwhile, there's this lovely hydrangea.

And this tree will soon look like this.

My hands smell like bleach from cleaning clay pots.

Happy September all!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 50

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  The other night there was a televised debate that wasn't really a debate.  The two candidates talked to Matt Lauer separately.  Whatever.

Our question. What's in her ear?
(Image no longer available) Hillary Clinton had a light colored object in her ear.


It's nothing.  A shadow from light
 on the sound stage.  You haters are
 making  something out of nothing.

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

Well.  Hillary must get bored easily. 
 I remember her saying snide things about people who
 bake cookies.  Maybe she is learning
 another language or working on a PhD. 

Hostmaster:  you are a perennial optimist. 

  That might explain her balance problems!

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

It's an earpiece. 
 Someone is giving her the answers.
  An audio cheat sheet.

Hostmaster:  most likely correct. 

Maybe it's a hearing aid.
  Being under sniper fire can cause hearing loss.

Maybe she has ear mites!
Really big ear mites.

You haters are just looking to criticize her. 
 She is an accomplished woman!
Name an accomplishment.
She was Secretary of State.
Name one accomplishment during her tenure
 as Secretary of State.

She was a senator.
Name one accomplishment 
as Senator.
Hostmaster:  returning to the thing in her ear.  Any other thoughts?


 She wore, she wore, she wore a yellow earpiece

She wore it for the questions,
that were softballs anyway.  
 So ends another round with no winners.
Certainly not the American people.
Round 50
Fluffy/Molly  21
Bryan/Cyndi   19

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Squashing

Another banner year for squash in the garden. 

A certain Pomeranian fails to appreciate the beauty of squash.  Thus, he inserted himself into the picture.

His largesse didn't last long.  He soon bored of posing and sought other opportunities.

Doesn't that ingrate know that those home made dog cookies he so enjoys contain fresh squash?