Sunday, April 28, 2013

Random Pix & Stories

Here's a pic of one of my sister's azalea bushes:
Popular with the butterflies.
First 4-leaf clover of the season!

We've had an infestation of little green caterpillars. I would say "inch worm" but they're about half an inch right now. They hang from silk threads, dangling in the breeze. When  I go for walks with Bingo, it sounds like it's raining, but it all the caterpillars munching on the leaves. And then pooing. It's raining caterpillar poo. And no matter how digilent I am, I get a hitch hiker into the house with me.

Mum came for a vizzie and I gave her an almond cookie. I looked over and saw a caterpillar on her knee. Just as I was about to tell her about it, she picked it up and brought it toward her mouth, thinking it was a crumb. I felt like one of those people in a movie, lunging forward in slow motion, "Noooooo!" while trying to stop her from popping it in her mouth. Fortunately, just as she got it to her mouth, she noticed it was not the consistency of a cookie crumb, and screamed. "Whaaaaaa!" and dropped it. Then we were looking for it on the floor and couldn't find it. She must have thrown it farther than I thought.  But a few minutes later, there was the caterpillar on me. *sigh*  Good times.

I sat outside on my front porch last week. The weather was perfect; not too cold, not too hot. I had my head set on for phone calls and was having a cup of tea, reading my book. And then I notice: little green caterpillars everywhere!  So I went inside. Back in my office, I discover this:

Gaaaaaaah!  I think these are tent caterpillars. These are what Brother Atlasta woke up to one morning when he was camping: hundreds of caterpillars all over his body. Eeeeewwwwww!
 OK, enough about the caterpillars. Here's my beautiful back yard:

This was a plant I got my first spring at the River House:

BEAUTIFUL. It blooms sometime at the beginning of spring. This is the latest I've gotten flowers on it.
Yeah, I know. I used the flash. I'll take a pic in natural light outside. 
 Saturday, Chiro-sis came over and look what we started:

My new labyrinth.
Labyrinth #3, marked out with yarn. Now I just have to add the rocks.
And then Saturday night we saw the ska band, The English Beat!  We got there early and the balcony was closed, so we got chairs and sat on a little platform at the back on the main floor. There was Craig Honeycut who was the opening-opening act. Followed by 808. They had a digital sign with "808" on it, but I thought it stood for "BOB." You know, kind of how you can spell "Boobs" on a calculator. Apparently all guys know this. It was a recent revelation from Brother Atlasta. Anyway, when they first came out, I thought it was The English Beat. The last time I saw them was 30 years ago right before they broke up at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC. I had a tape of their music that I listened to a lot. But I haven't listened to them for years. And I didn't expect to remember all their songs, but I wasn't recognizing any. And I was thinking, "Wow, Dave Wakeling hasn't aged a bit!"  Then the lead singer said something about The English Beat coming up next . . . oops. But they were really great.  And then!
Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. 
 So it was great to hear all my favourite songs again.

 They also did:

Last song:

AWESOME! So that was my week. B-Dog & T-Bob tomorrow.  :-)

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