Get back in there!
Major statewide beekeeper conferences. Vacation. Emergency weeks gone to help a friend. A total solar eclipse. Damn bees keep swarming. Large plant Id project to complete. Crafty time is limited to making bee equipment and mending. Damn it! There is just too much to do.
So, in an effort to relieve stress, this blog will be on hiatus until September, 2017. Back in a few months!
Nothin’ much this week. Just a nice photo of a Stokes’ Aster, Stokes laevis. Enjoy.
A great deal of soap was used after this taking of this photo
…or there was. The cat was mildly amused. The snake, less so. The reptile warded off the cat through liberal release of a particularly horrendous smelling substance. They were separated, the snake released outside and the corner scrubbed. And scrubbed. Then there was some more scrubbing. After about fifteen minutes, the smell was gone. So all is good.
Oh, and it’s a black rat snake, in case you’re curious.
Do not look at this photo on a very large screen.
Four reasons why you should weed your gravel driveway during the rain:
1.). It is cooler, so you won’t get as uncomfortable.
2.) Heavy clay soils are looser when damp, so it is easier.
3.) The critters are still out but people stay in, so you will hear birds instead of annoying political conversations, which is more pleasant.
4.) It makes you look VERY hardcore.
Toxicodendron radicans, the poisonous spready plant with hairy stems (seriously, that’s the Latin translation), also known as poison ivy. Yes, it has been written about in this blog before, but this plant is pure evil. If you are east of the Rockies in the United States, make sure you can id it. And leave it alone. And buy some Tecnu. And some calamine lotion. Just be prepared.
So-three leaves. On a vine. Which can be toothed:
Or smooth edged:
It can be on the ground or reach out to slice your face while hanging from a tree. But the leaves are a bit less useful than having a good idea of the stems, which are varying degrees of red, regardless of the leaves being present.
So got that? RED STEMS. Three leaves, and RED STEMS. Also look up, it might be above you.
And….need to spend a week without much physical activity. Damn. No gardening, no lifting of heavy hive bodies, no constructing of sheds. Back to needlework. What to do?
Pro: knitting projects get finished before Christmas. Not likely to get stabbed with needles.
Con: keeping proper tension is difficult using one arm, without resorting to lever knitting, which is a thing but still causes neck pain.
Pro: new project! Which may help alleviate the annoyance of not being able to do much. Doesn’t hurt like knitting does.
Con: guilt from not finishing the already started projects.
Needlepoint it is.
Gotta admit, that’s a pretty nice moth. Interesting how the leading edge of the front wings looks so much like the scuppernong vine it’s resting on.
Actias luna, the Luna Moth, napping on a scuppernong vine.