Get Your Garden On
Should you find your husband suddenly interested in gardening in his later years, find out what he’s got coming up out there–so to speak. It might be winter-flowering heather. And hey, I’ll take a cutting or two–for purely botanical reasons, of course.
Thanks to a Fragments reader for putting us onto the Dog Anti-static Cape (Storm Defender ) that calms some dogs fears of storms by removing the associated electrical field that must feel really creepy. However, I think that before we spend the coin, I’ll try rubbing Tsuga with a dryer paper next storm. At least he’ll smell less like the mole he rolled on yesterday in an attempt to elevate his hunterly status with the ladies. Except there are no dog-ladies in these parts.
WaPo writer has close encounter with a Red Admiral Butterfly–we’re talking for weeks. An individual butterfly seemingly imprints on one man, and sticks by off and on for some little while–long enough for a kind of bond to form between this man and nature in the larger sense. I found the article quite remarkable, as I’ve had my threshold lowered to the value of “low life” forms. You might have noticed if you hang around this blog much.
Also from a Fragments reader, this info regarding unwanted yellowjackets (as opposed to those who you adopt as personal pets and develop a loving relationship with).Isn’t it interesting what folks do for work?
Bee Busters is a small company (1 man, I think) who will come to your site and eliminate most kinds of stinging insects which have nested there. For FREE!
He comes, he surveys the situation, he dons his ‘bee suit’, he sets up a vacuum that runs for about 1/2 hour, vacuuming most of the critters from the nest, and then dusts with Sevin to kill any remaining bugs and the queen. You’re bug-free. Obviously, he will handle wasp nests and other kinds of pests differently, but you get the idea
He sells the live bugs to a company which extracts the venom from them for pharmaceutical purposes. Everybody wins!
His name is George W, his number… email Fred for the name and number.
Gustav, Gas and Grief
I’m very thankful for the rain we continue to receive (it could rain this way for a week and our water table would still need more, I think.) But I look the temperatures of the Gulf (as warm as we keep our therapy pool at the clinic) and its unpredictable course now potentially heading for Louisianna over the Katrina weekend) and it seems an item worth keeping an eye on. Gas prices are already likely to go up in anticipation of oil rig damage.