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Oct. 19, 2019

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Picture of the Day

My son, he was about 2 years old in the photo.

“You don’t have to be crazy to hang out with me. I’ll train you.”

~ anonymous

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Praying Mantis

Oct 18, 2019

facts and quotes

all info comes from treehugger.com

just a little off the top

They have great vision
Given the look of those peepers, is it any surprise that they have stereo vision? They can see in 3-D and their eyes each have a fovea – a concentrated area that allows them to focus and track with acuity. Aside from those two large compound eyes, they also have three spare simple eyes located in between.

I can take you!
She actually did attack my camera! I don’t think she liked me being so close.

They are agile like cats
To the surprise of scientists filming them, mantises have been found to jump with extreme precision, contorting their body midair to land on a precarious and specific target.

They make swift work of their prey
Praying mantises wait to ambush or patiently stalk their prey; but once they’re ready to strike, they do so with lightning speed, attacking with those big front legs so quickly that it’s hard to see with the naked eye. In addition, they have spikes on their legs to skewer and pin the victims into place.

I guess you won’t hurt me after all!

They are masters of disguise
Praying mantises are supremely gifted when it comes to camouflage. They come in the form of leaves and sticks and branches, like many insects, but also take it a bit further. Some mantises molt at the end of a dry season to become black, conveniently aligning themselves with the brush fires that leave a blackened landscape. The flower mantises are crazy; some wildly ornate, others looking so convincing that unsuspecting insects come to collect nectar from them … and become dinner in the meantime.

is this close enough for you?

They only eat live food
Mantises like their food still moving, apparently. Which makes them helpful in pest control as they sup on all kinds of insects, including crickets and grasshoppers.

They disrupt the food chain
But they don’t stop at eating insects. As mentioned above, they commonly target hummingbirds! Not to mention warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins, in addition to frogs and lizards. And then there’s this nugget from the New York Times on the topic: “In two reported cases, females feasted on birds while copulating with males.” Now that’s moxie.

Orchid mantis
NOT MY PHOTO!!
Thought you would like to see it!

They go zombie
Well, in their taste in body parts, that is; when they capture birds, they go straight for the brains.

run away!

They do have predators
Even though they stalk hummingbirds and are masterful hunters, they are also the hunted. Their predators include frogs, lizards, and birds, and spiders.

They do battle with bats
Praying mantises are also preyed upon by bats, but they are no easy victim. They can detect the bats’ echolocation sounds and when they are approached, they dive to the ground, often executing spirals and loops on their way; if caught, they try to slash their way to freedom by use of their big spiky front legs. Bam! Pow!

“Be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve.”

~ unknown

Tomorrow is National Seafood Bisque Day, National Kentucky Day, and National Sweetest Day!

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where ever you may be!

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Even Now: Did you know?

Oct 18, 2019

I was going to make this post about my cat, since I showed you his dinner. But he snapped at me a few minutes ago, so I decided that he didn’t need any more publicity! LOL!! At least not today!

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  • Without your pinky finger, your hand would lose 50% of its strength
  • Talking to yourself is a good way to maintain focus while completing a task
  • If the human eye were a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels
  • you can survive entirely on a diet of potatoes and water, which provides all the necessary nutrients the human body needs
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
  • a cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off
  • 25,000,000 of your cells died while you were reading this sentence

“This is the strangest life I have ever known.”
~ Jim Morrison

That’s about all for now!

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Even Now: A spoiled cat’s dinner!

Oct 18, 2019

Picture of the Day!

a spoiled cats dinner

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.

~ Ellen Perry Berkeley

Ingredients:

  • noodles (here is Angel Hair pasta, cooked)
  • dry cat food ( I use Meow Mix hair ball prevention)
  • water
  • Parmesan cheese

Mix it all together and serve!

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Another straight wind?

Oct 17, 2019

I totally had something else up my sleeve for today, but this happened. So I figured I’d post it!

The wind has been howling all day!! With gusts up to 50MPH!

I was laying in bed, resting for an hour or so when I heard what sounded like a trash can rolling on the ground. Or something like it! I got up and looked, didn’t see anything and laid back down.

When I got up, I took a walk around to see if I could find what it was that went thump.

Didn’t take me long…

I’m just glad it fell the way it did…could’ve hit the house, as you will see…

It could’ve fallen the other way, and if it had, we would’ve had a problem.

the top…
or what should be the top

That’s the tree the top came out of, probably about thirty(?) feet from the house. Maybe less than that. So…how to get it down the rest of the way. I doubt my boyfriend’s truck will be able to pull it down. Maybe…

So thankful someone is looking out for me!

On a positive note, all of my house plants are finally in!

Today is National Legging Day, National Chocolate cupcake Day, and National No Bread Day!

“Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Humbert Wolfe

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Warm and Cozy

Oct 17, 2019

I wasn’t going to do this, but it couldn’t wait!! Yeah, we fired up the wood stove late yesterday afternoon! We probably didn’t really need to, but we figured with the wind chill last night and today…we probably should. At least keep the chill off!

It’s going to be a short post…who know what will happen later (you know I’ll post at least one more later this afternoon…or evening, depending!).

no chill in the air

Right now, it’s 50 degrees outside (minus the windchill) and 83 degrees inside! I’m sitting here in shorts and a tank top!

“Some women are lost in the fire,

Some women are built from it.”

~ unknown

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Back When

Oct 17, 2019

Picture of the Day

button, button
who’s got the button
taken Feb. 27, 2011

“She would rather walk alone in darkness than follow someone else’s shadow.”

~ r.g.moon

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