Look who it is!
I KNOW you recognize that sweet face – it hasn’t been that long! That’s Peanut, formerly known as Pattypan, who was one of the Squash Bugs.
Kim said: She follows us everywhere. I have always been a dog person but I couldn’t help but fall in love with her.
Thanks for the update, Kim! You know we love seeing that girl!
Sights from around Crooked Acres.
Asian Lady Beetles are different from Ladybugs. Asian Lady Beetles are pests – every fall they show up, usually sometime in October (most often within 24 hours after I’ve said “Hey, I haven’t seen any of those horrendous Asian Lady Beetles yet. Maybe they won’t come this year.”). They come into the house around the window in my bathroom and the window in the stairway landing – we don’t get as many in the house as we do in the garage (the garage is more open to the outside than the house), but we probably get a couple thousand over the course of the fall and winter. I really hate them because they stink, they draw little designs on the wall to entice other beetles into the house, and just as the weather turns cold and I think they’re done coming inside, we get a warm day, and they come crawling out and stretching their stupid little wings, ready for summer. I HATE THEM.
This year, while frantically searching for a solution to these evil things YET AGAIN, I came across a suggestion I had never seen before – taping around windows with painter’s tape. (We have sealed around the windows as much as we could, but this is an old and crooked house). I gave it a try, and it completely stopped them from coming in around the window in the stairwell. They’re still coming around (much more slowly) around the bathroom window, but a few dozen of them in the house is far better than a few thousand.
At some point this winter, I’ll go out to the garage with the shop vac and vacuum up the piles under the windows.
Did I mention I hate those things?
Habanero plant, up close. Still producing, even though it’s gotten down below freezing several nights. We’re going to pile some leaves around the bottom of the plant to insulate the roots, and then see what happens. I don’t expect it to make it through the winter, but you never know!
The pond has gotten pretty low in the past couple of months – instead of running water into the pond, Fred has let it get low (there’s still plenty of water in there for the catfish, worry not) since the rains this winter will fill it up again. See that dug-out spot on the right side? The catfish did that. The water’s usually up to where the weeds are.
I know it looks like George needs brushing, but I swear Fred JUST brushed him! His heavy winter coat came in, and he looks a bit scruffy, is all. Also, he loves to sleep in a pile of leaves, so he’s always got leaves stuck to him.
While I was in the back forty taking pictures, Archie and Stefan were facing off just outside the fence. I went over and spoke to them, and Archie backed off, but you can see that his tail is still floofed.
2014: TC coming out from his hidey hole under the doll bed.
2013: Too much helium for Adriana this morning.
2012: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: Pink (Milano) is too important to hang out with the little people.
2008: There’s just nothing like having four warm little kittens flopped against you, purring to beat the band.
2007: I CANNED TURKEY BROTH.
2006: No entry.
2005: Yesterday marked six years since we adopted Miz Poo.