9-10-14 – Crooked Acres Wednesday

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Last night, this happened!

Yay, Blaster!


Sights from around Crooked Acres.

“Hurry it UP, lady!”

Pretty hen.

Ducks on the pond. Don’t they look all sweet and peaceful and not at all like jerks?

Catfish feedin’ time.

I don’t know what George has been rolling around in, but he’s a mess. Good thing about his fur, though – it’s made of Teflon, and in 20 minutes he’ll be clean again, no brushing or bathing required.

Our turtle in the pond shows up for catfish feedin’ time, too.


Bee on the… I think that’s Queen Anne’s Lace, I think. I can’t tell for sure from this picture, but we’ve got a ton of it growing out by the pond.

A few chickens always follow us out to the pond, just in case there might be food for them.

George checks out the hollow the catfish have dug in near the edge of the pond.

Male duck (middle of the picture), chasing hens.

Pretty hen.

Rooster and the Rock Star (and her terrible haircut), partaking of the dogs’ water.

Okra flower. I know I’ve told y’all 100 times that I think okra flowers are SO pretty, so you shouldn’t be surprised by all the pictures I post of them.

Juvenile assassin bugs, clustered on the back of a plant ID tag. I think they stick together like this for a little while right after they’ve hatched, and then go their separate ways. They are utterly adorable.

I’ve made a ton of salsa this year, and the tomatoes don’t seem to be slowing down much.

The Habanero plants have finally started producing peppers… but they don’t look like any Habaneros I’ve seen before. They’re all about twice as long as the ones we usually see. I thought maybe I’d planted some unusual variety, but they’re plain old regular Habaneros, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Maybe they’re trying to make up for their slow start.

This huge old pecan tree by the garden would be the perfect place to put a hammock. I’m not sure we’d ever use a hammock, though, due to all the BUGS.

Okay, you know what’s coming up. That’s right, it’s the spider section. Click here to skip it.

















Just a little more.

Okay, that should do it.

So. Dolores. You know, one day last week I looked at her as she was eating some bug or another, and I thought “Huh. Ol’ Dolores is getting kind of voluptuous again. I wonder what’s up with that?”

The very next day, I went outside to find this.

TWO big ol’ egg sacs instead of the one. Who knew that would happen? Not me – I was completely surprised.

This little guy has been hanging out near her web for a couple of weeks now. I made a joke about him courting Dolores, and then Fred suggested that maybe he was just hanging out to grab any insects that got caught in Dolores’s web. Now I’m wondering if Dolores has tasked him with protecting her egg sacs. I’ve named him Wayne. I’ll be curious to see if Wayne sticks around.

Dolores is a big spider, but I can’t believe she actually created both of those huge egg sacs. Kind of amazing.

She’s a leggy girl.

So after leaving those two huge egg sacs securely fastened to the side of the garage, Dolores has disappeared. The day after that second egg sac appeared, she was gone and her web was taken apart. I prefer to think that she left Wayne in charge and went off to seek her fortune in the back forty, but I’m guessing that she really went off to die.

You better believe I’ll be keeping an eye on those egg sacs. Wayne seems kinda shifty; I’m not sure I trust him.


















“Stop waving that feather teaser around and give it to me, lady!”

Sweet boy.

“Oh, hey. Is it nap time? I think it is!”

“First, you may brush me.”


Is it just me, or does Miz Poo look kinda guilty here?

“Um. Just. Y’know. Going for a stroll! Nothing to see here!”

“I vant to be ALONE.”


2014: “Oh, hey. Is it nap time? I think it is!”
2013: I love this picture so much. Arya’s like “Oh, don’t look at him. He’s just showing off.” and Norbie’s got the determined, crazy eyes.
2012: The Terrible Pickle is having Deep Thoughts.
2011: No entry.
2010: “What?”
2009: In other words, I think he’s back to normal.
2008: Death of a watermelon.
2007: They’re awfully sweet and awfully cute.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.