JudyL’s Patchwork Times that is! OMG!!! Leave her alone for a week or two and she’s smoke a ham, canned ham broth, okra and tomatoes, cooked using a Solar Oven, found time to knit like a mad woman, catch and kill grasshoppers, scorpions and snakes….AND rearranged her life to fit the multitude of tables Vince has drug home. Not only that, but she’s buying baby clothes….where oh where did I miss the post about her becoming a Grandmother????
Her life makes mine sound so tame!
We have those same horrid grasshoppers…they’ve eaten everything good and now they’re eating the iris and stripping leaves off the pecan trees. These iris are under attack…most of them are chewed down to about 4″ from the ground.
We’ve also got the most humongous Katydids this year. I didn’t even think to get a picture of the one I found on the wandering jew yesterday. Here is another link to a photo…they’re ALL females and come from Europe. http://bugguide.net/node/view/149499
The one yesterday was about 4″ long and had a ferrocious face…glad I didn’t let it get on my hand to bring in and show Ernie. I got it on a broken piece of wandering jew plant to show him. In researching katydids, I found out this particular one is aggressive and BITES!!! YIKES!!!
I love living in the country and have come to terms with most of the wildlife and insects, but black widows and snakes will still send me running. I can handle angry possums though…just give me a sturdy broom and I can show you how to make a hissing possum hockey puck!
Susan ~ Patchkat