Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Smut

For anyone who may have noticed my absence – I’m back 

There have been…. issues plaguing me as of late.  By the end of the day I’ve been just too tired for computers and blogging.  I have a LOT of catching up to do!

The one good thing I do want to mention was the fact that I went to a good friend’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.  The wedding was held at the Meridian International Center – if any of you watch Top Chef, you’ll recognize the place from a few of episodes ago – how cool is that?  laughing  The place was beautiful and the whole day was perfect for everyone – I wish I could have stayed in DC a bit longer…

So, not dwelling on any of the crap I’ve been dealing with, let’s talk about smut.

I’ve never had much luck growing corn in my garden.  I usually get a few good ears and the rest are small or some kind of wormy thing gets into them, making them un-eatable.  It usually doesn’t bother me tho’, because I still have the stalks for fall-time decorations, so it’s all good.

But this year I came across something new…

Corn Smut  

 Corn Smut

I’ve been pulling the infected ears off the stalks and burning them.

Evidently it’s called Corn Smut.  When I looked it up to find out more about it and how to get rid of it, I found out that it’s actually a delicacy for some people!  blink

If you want to get the low-down on this morsel, check out this edition of Steve, Don’t Eat It!  from The Sneeze.  Just make sure that you have a barf-bag nearby before you start reading.

So maybe I should try to sell this stuff instead of chucking it in the fire pit?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stuck With Extra Zucchini?

Keep August 8th open - it's the official Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night!

Plan ahead! The more imagination you have, the more fun it can be

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Oops!

I forgot yesterday was Wednesday… not so wordless, was it?   rolleyes  laughing 

  • I also forget to mention yesterday that I had stopped in the Dollar Store this past week.  They were tearing down all the back-to-school stuff and putting up the Christmas merchandise.  I swear, it gets worse and worse every year…

 

  • I picked up my truck from the shop today.  If the Check Engine light stays off until Monday, I can get my new inspection sticker.  If it goes back on, then the real fun begins  hmm   My prediction:  the light will go back on either tomorrow on my way home from work or Sunday on my way home from church.  We’ll see…

 

  • A lady at work brought in a picture of an insect that she had in her yard that she wanted help identifying.  It looked like this:

Megarhyssa macrurus female

Pretty distinctive, isn’t it?  The only difference was that bug in her picture didn’t have wings, but still, pretty hard to mix up with something else…

I have a bunch of the Peterson Field Guides, which I use a lot and for the most part, I really love the series.  Except for the insect book.  I haven’t found it to be very useful most times I try to use it.  This wasp – or it’s entire family – wasn’t even mentioned, which is very frustrating.  It’s hard to find something that isn’t there! 

Many entries that are there aren’t very helpful, like this example:

“Some stink bugs are rather plain-colored, brownish or grayish, but many are brightly colored.  Although most of them are plant feeders, some are predaceous.”

Gee, that really narrows things down, doesn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the Peterson books – I have a whole bookshelf full of them, most of them very well-worn – I just don’t recommend the insect book!

Oh – BTW, the insect is an Ichneumon wasp, which is a wood boring wasp.  Here’s a video of a live one – sound and everything!  She’s depositing her eggs, but the focus is kind of lost at the end…

 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I Need a Money Tree

News sure has been slow around here and what there is, isn’t great…

  • It looks like The Ladies are starting to molt… I’m finding more and more feathers all over the place.  And Nugget has a big one hanging from her butt, but it won’t fall off yet.  I tried getting a good picture, but I think it would be easier nailing jello to a tree…  The Ladies aren’t really looking any different yet, but I’ve seen pictures of chickens that have gone through some really ugly molts.  We’ll see how nasty-looking my Ladies will get  laughing

 

  • The Jillmobile is in the shop.  So far, it’s costing me three weeks pay to get it fixed.  I can’t wait to see the total bill tomorrow  unsure   If it’s even ready tomorrow.  I guess it’s time to start thinking about looking for a new vehicle.  I don’t know how I’m going to be able to manage a car payment every month…

 

  • My tractor is broken, too.  It steers left, but not right and there’s a whole lot of fluid leaking.  I was able to replace the starter myself, but I don’t think that this is something that I can fix.  I need to find a reasonable tractor repair person somewhere - So far I haven’t had any luck…

 

  • My chainsaw is starting to act up, too – I’m hoping it’s just a bad fuel mixture  crossed fingers

 

  • Boy, it’s hot out  aaahhhhhhhh

 

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