Friday, September 4, 2015


I have been a slug this week, I prefer to think I'm conserving my energy for the big push into harvest, sort of like a bear storing up fat for the winter. 

♫That's My Story and I'm Sticking To IT!♫

But personally I blame the hummingbirds, they have enchanted me, this morning there were either 5 or 6, you think chickens are hard to count, trying counting those little devils are they are dive bombing each other off the feeder!

They seem to be the most active early in the morning and late in the evening, I think they are trying to get to store up energy for the long day/night ahead. This morning a dragonfly was pulled into their aerial acrobatics until he was able to escape with his life.

One hummingbird was feeding when another bombed him, he flew off and then thought, "You little creep, I'm not afraid of you!" and tore off after the offender.

They are addictive, I'm telling you, if you don't have feeders out, run, do it now, you won't be sorry.

Monday night we pick up our friend, Alex, and drove to 'The Lakes' to have supper, it was tradition to eat at Fisherman's Wharf but it is now gone so we chose the Dry Dock. This is what we saw from our table on the deck.

After our meal we walked along the shore and this is what we saw.... butts!

Thursday we continued our sluggish ways when we drove to Sioux City and had dinner at Applebees with our good friends, Dick and Dianne, from down at Whiting, my old stomping grounds. Why is it you can only live 70 miles apart but go so long between visits?

One of life's great mysteries.

But I digress, I was in the creep zone last night, after all the rain we've had, I didn't have to water all the pots I planted for the garden tour. It is a job that takes about an hour and I was happy to be relieved of it. But (thankfully) the rains have stopped for awhile and the flowers were looking droopy, I'm not ready for them to die and my water barrels are full so I drug out the hose last night and was giving everyone a good soaking.

When I got around to the front of the house I aimed my hose at the planter in front of the bay window and saw the cutest spider with a web directly above it. He was different colors of brown, not the big yellow and black garden spider variety. About that time a grasshopper leaped at me, I screamed like a little girl, Murphy immediately came to see what was going on. I instinctively swatted at him and he fell into the flowers so I sprayed him with the hose to pin him down. I really hate grasshoppers, they have disgustingly sticky, sucky legs that are so creepy when they land on you, plus they spit tobacco juice. I swatted him again to stun him, gingerly picked him up and tossed him into the spider web, knocking off a leg that landed on the window sill.


I was dancing around, totally creeped out when the leg started moving, YIKES!!!! It stretched out and then back!!! EIY-Y-Y!!!!

Meanwhile the now three legged grasshopper started crawling out of the web and up the window and I noticed the spider was cowering in the corner of his web. 

Perhaps he is not a fan of grasshoppers either?

I knocked the grasshopper back in the planter, again gingerly picked him up and tossed him into the web, the spider curled into a smaller ball trying to disappear.

He is definitely not a fan.

I went back to my watering, letting nature take its course, I certainly hope grasshoppers can't regenerate limbs, that would really be creepy.

After my watering was done I settled in for an evening entertainment provided free of charge by the hummingbirds and then saw a beautiful sky at sunset so had to record it.

I truly can't envision living anywhere else in the world.

1 comment:

  1. Great sunset picture Julie. Give me a grasshopper any day over CRICKETS!!