poison ivy diptych
Originally uploaded by urbanmkr
My good flickr friend, urbanmkr, had this wonderful poison ivy diptych that I'm going to study in the high hopes that I DON'T get poison ivy this year! Great public service!
The big doings out at the farm this weekend: The door to the big barn was repaired and reset.
The barn guy wondered: how did they do this in the old day, without the modern mechanics.
Hey, those old farmer types were pretty smart. And they had some fantastic horses.
I keep a patch of milkweek behind the garage for the monarch butterflies. I had noticed something had been eating on them, and as monarchs and their caterpillars are the only thing that dine on them I knew I had to pay attention.
I was sitting on the picnic table when I saw the monarch butterfly wend its way from the far side of the garage. Right behind her was: the hummingbird. That hummer was dogging that butterfly, and eventually ran her off.
You Are a Peacemaker Soul
You strive to please others and compromise anyway you can.
War or conflict bothers you, and you would do anything to keep the peace.
You are a good mediator and a true negotiator.
Sometimes you do too much, trying so hard to make people happy.
While you keep the peace, you tend to be secretly judgmental.
You lose respect for people who don't like to both give and take.
On the flip side, you've got a great sense of humor and wit.
You're always diplomatic and able to give good advice.
Souls you are most compatible with: Warrior Soul, Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul
1. Get a jar with a lid.
2. Get a hammer and a nail.
3. Pound at least 7 holes in the lid.
4. Pull up some grass.
5. Stuff grass in jar.
6. Wait for twilight.
**The secret to reaping a bumper crop of fireflies is starting the hunt at twilight. (Also must note, we in the more northern states have a lingering twilight, which aids in the capture rate.) Twilight is dark enough so that one can see the flare of the firefly, but light enough so that one can follow the insect's path once the flare goes off.**
7. A soft, cupping movement of the hand is advised.
8. Gently gather the insect in.
9. Open the jar and quickly slip in the firefly.
11. After first firefly captured, must add a thump to the top of the jar before adding more bugs.
After the catch has been duly oohed and aahed over, open jar and let the fireflies free.
I recently upgraded my camera! It was a little hard to do. I hated to spend the money, but I was doing studio work that required a camera that could work with strobe lights, and my little Fuji didn't, without a major work-around. It also had very few settings that could be used (ISO being one of them). I had researched cameras and so, when my tax refund came, I purchased a Nikon D80.
I purchased it, then didn't use it for a week. Buyer's remorse? Lack of confidence? Who knows. Eventually I did use it (had a studio session coming up). Now, I wouldn't be parted from it.
This is the south-east side of the corn crib. Grandpa planted a trumpet vine at the south end years ago: it is not a trumpet tree. I keep trying to make it tidy, and have added the hollyhocks. (All farms need hollyhocks, don't you think?)
I thought the luna was rare, but it turns out it is quite common. Only thing is, it doesn't eat, so it only lives a week, and that is why we seldom see them.
Monday morning is trash day. I rolled my barrel back into place after the trashtruck had gone. This was right at eye level. Too cool!
My mom hates to have her picture taken. I have no idea why. She's a beautiful woman.
Anyway, her 80th birthday is coming up in august, so we told her she had to let us take her picture then without fussing too much.
She decided she'd better start practicing now.
The Keys to Your Life
Anything good that comes in your life will come from your own self reflection.
Don't rely on other people for advice. They will harm you more then help you.
Anything bad in your life comes from sinking to the level of those around you.
Remember to lift people up, and refuse to participate in anything petty.
I was glad that the power came back on sometime between 2:30 and 5:00 a.m.
And how is your day?
part of my weedy wall garden. This garden is pink/blue/white/purple. Another garden has blue/purple/yellow/orange. The third garden, the spring garden, has whatever will show up early in the spring. I also have a hollyhock patch and a nasturtium patch and a tiny little weedy vegetable garden.