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Holiday weekend nature stuff

Got some various stuff to post today.

The baby birds hatched - I think it was yesterday but I didn't get a chance to take a pic until today.


Gosh, I love these flowers. They are a native endangered species. It's actually against the law to dig them up in NYS, unless they are on your land and you are transplanting them. I have some white ones in the trees that I transplanted from the back woods when we built the house. But, those in the pic are by my chestnut trees at the top of the driveway. I have no idea how they got there. Birds pooping seeds, maybe? They are at least 5 inches taller than the wood trilliums, which are about 8 inches high. I wonder if they are those domesticated ones you can buy. I used a q-tip to spread the pollen, so I hope I can get some seeds from them to replant. That would be cool.

Ratchet showing the world what he's got - which is nothing! hahaha.

And, Harley is such a good dog. He lets me humiliate him like this.

Wood bees are eating tunnels into my house. Also called carpenter bees.
Pretend that the bees are Hansel & Gretel, and my house is like the witch's cottage made of gingerbread and cake and all sorts of yummy stuff.
I haven't treated the wood in too long, so there is really no protection. Good thing that the logs are at least 8" thick, or I'd have bees inside. Lots of bees.
Yesterday, I tried swatting them with my tennis racket, but they are so small and quick and I am so old and slow. I whupped one, but I found it easier to spray them with raid when they landed on the house.
Here, caught this one in the act - right before he got Raid-ed.

You can see the holes in the house marked with red arrows. The yellow arrow is from the bee above. Slagging things.

They chew tunnels and lay their eggs inside. I need to get to the store and buy some Sevin killer dust this week. They're all over the garage, too.
What I really need to do is get the house treated.

And, here's a gross thing that happened to me today.
I had to change the cat boxes, which I do by taking them out back and dumping them in the woods. That's gross enough, right? Well, it gets worse.

Anyway, got the job done and then I had to go to ma's to watch her while Barb & Larry went to the laundromat. I'm sitting there fighting monsters with my dragons online and I felt something under my shirt. I stick my hand under there and scratch, but whatever it is doesn't move. I figure it may be a twig or something - you know how sometimes stuff sticks to your skin when you're all sweaty. Well, I lift up my shirt (no bra because I like to be free at home) and - - -
there's a tick. On. My. Boob.
Minor hysterics as I tear off my t-shirt and run to the bathroom.
So gross, so gross.
I'm whining like a little girl trying to focus, as it is embedded on the right side. What to do, what to do? I tear off all my clothes and check myself over to make sure there aren't any more. I run back to the laptop in my undies and search what to do.
Thank Primus it wasn't all bloated, so it must have just started to SUCK MY BLOOD! OUT OF MY BOOB!!!
Ran downstairs and tossed my shirt and jeans into the dryer, just in case. Back upstairs to the bathroom, found some tweezers and tried to figure out how to hold my boob out of the way and grab this ugly thing -

They tell ya to grab it behind the head with tweezers, but it's easier said than done. How hard do you grab? I can't even see the head. I did a lousy job, first pulling off the body (could be bad) and then getting the head. Boy, that thing was really stuck in there.
Covered it with neosporin and a band-aid.
Gah, just what I need to complete my life - catch Lyme disease. I must have picked it up while emptying the cat boxes.
So, now I have a little red mark, no red bulls-eye circle...yet.
I am going to take a nice, long shower in a bit. My whole body feels kind of...itchy.

No pics because I just don't show my boobs to anyone. ;)
But, you can look up deer tick and see some pics of them embedded in the skin. Gross. 

And, that's the poopy-scoopy from my house on this holiday weekend.


[Crossposted from DW. Apparently, I like to spread my boring Spam all over the Internet. And, I paid for both sites, so I should use them like a mad monkey. Comment at either place, I'm easy.]


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 27th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
ARGGGGG! It's like a sci-fi movie up there with the wood-bees and the tick!

The trillium flower is just magical, though.

And your cat and dog are adorable. ^^
May. 27th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh, and I just saw the baby bird! How precious! ^^
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