Nature

The Buzz Around the Garden

Every morning, the ceononthus plants are covered in a variety of pollinating insects from honey bees, to bumble bees (pictured here), to hoverflies and butterflies. For the most part, they all peacefully work together, collecting pollen and ignoring me as I watch and...

Expecting

In other news, for all those who continue to wonder if Mr. Wild Dingo and I will have a baby, I'm pleased to announce we are expecting! We're registered at Baby-Mantids-R-Us. For anyone who wants to knit, I'll need about 400 pairs of socks and hats. Due date is 3-8...

Hump Day

Happy Hump Day! Here's your Money Shot. I think it's time for a career change, perhaps in ladybug porn,...

Help! I’ve Climbed Up and I Can’t Get Down!

Poor Javier. He found himself on top of the backside of the outdoor love seat. He scrambled back and forth looking for a way down for better hunting grounds. Jumping spiders are active hunters and don't weave webs. Instead, they use a silk tether to leap to their...

Monday Morning Bee Like…

This is me. Only I was tossing my cookies rather than eating them like this bumble here. And my bucket is green. Lyme disease...

War on Aphids

If you're wondering where I've been, I've been fighting the War on Aphids in my garden. One day, early this spring, I noticed a ball of "spit" on one of my Guara plants. So I looked it up on the Internet and found out they are spittle bugs. I took some photos of these...

Mesmerized

As I was leaving for an appointment today, I found this adorable banana slug dining on a mushroom. I didn't have my camera so I shot it with my cell phone. This little guy was really into tonight's meal: they simply adore decaying mushrooms.  Banana slugs, unlike...

The Daily Garden

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all the Popsicles in my way."  Alternative Lyrics from my childhood. I'm listening as hard as I can, but I cannot hear laughter in the rain. Not a single giggle. Not even a snicker. Yes, I'm stuck in the 70's music...

Devious Adventures in Gardening

April Showers bring Chive Flowers Aging is a work of art. But every creation goes through that awkward phase. Tacit sorrows: Is it weird that my onion made itself cry? Raindrops on an unopened chive's allium flower/seed pod. Manic Magnolia -- Magnolia season is...

April Fools

I don't know about you all, but I'm feeling nostalgic for the days of when wearing Mom Jeans was the big scandal in Washington. (Thanks Obama!) It's exhausting waiting for this administration to implode. Of all the changes that this administration is doing, climate...

Random Reflections

A redwood reflection in the bloom of the nectarine tree. This tree in flower bloom is superb! I had no idea. The boy in the blueberry bush bubble. The cracker photobombed me again. He just has to be the center of attention. Nothing wrong with...

Fairy Facts

The Bay Area housing crisis has finally affected Fairies. Fairy condominium complexes have sprung up all over Santa Cruz Mountains in tight locations trying to pack in as many fairies as possible. If you’re looking for Fairies, here’s a brilliant, highly-scientific...

Days of our Chives

Life is is filled with infinite choices. With  Lyme disease, your choices are ruthlessly limited. I’m always measuring how many matches are in my book and deciding on how to use them. I don't get to cram in as much as a normal person can in a day. Instead, I basically...

Nectar Belly

This big boy kept me company every day this winter. During a long down time from Lyme disease, I'd lay on the sofa and watch him. He'd sit on this perch for hours, as long as the nectar was flowing. We named him Norm, because, well, he looks like Norm Peterson. "Norm!...

Bloomin’ Magnolias

Our Saucer Magnolias are in bloom. It’s hard not to smile a mile wide when you see a magnolia in bloom. Downtown, most trees are in full bloom, while ours up in the mountains are still opening. The history of the ancient species magnolia is as fascinating as it is...

Careers in Gaslighting

I don't know about ya'll but I keep holding my breath waiting for Sean Spicer to lose his shit on National TV.  I get dizzy watching him spin on every episode of "Survivor: The White House."   Any bets on how long he'll...

Guisseppe and Luca

Giuseppe the Green, turned to me abruptly. He and his cousin Luca were busy snacking on the Mexican sage and I clearly annoyed them. I always knew katydids were omnivores but it surprised me to see them chomping on the white petals none-the-less. Maybe the this time...

Jumping Jack Flash

You never forget your first photo shoot with a jumping spider. I saved Jumping Jack Flash, who's only about 4 mm and looks like a piece of lint to the naked eye, from a fatal encounter with the mighty monster Hoover. It’s not like I’m a super hero (but I won’t stop...

Seeing Red

  Between the holiday season and the political backlash, social media is ablaze with divergent sensation. Here's my contribution.   When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead, feed your head!   And that's your ear worm for the day! Good song to...

Droplets of Disillusionment

Tears. Disillusionment. I want to run away. Hide my eyes. Cover my ears. But I won't. Instead I will continue to use my free voice against hatred, bigotry, racism, illiteracy, misogyny, sexism and vulgarity, all of which America voted into office. In the mean time,...

Purple Rain

"You'll miss the best things, if you keep your eyes shut. " ~ Dr. Seus Last Monday was IVIG day. Saturday I got gussied up and went to dinner. A rare event. I threw caution to the wind and had a glass of wine and gelato for dessert. The last hour of dinner, I felt...

Dances with Hummingbirds

Each day I see Twig, the hummingbird, perched upon a fruit tree tree. Sometimes he chooses the plum tree, other times the apple tree. His feathers soaked from the down pouring rain, weather makes no difference to Twig when there's territory and precious sage nectar to...

The Original Angry Birds

"Nothing ruffles my feathers more than other hummers poaching my nectar." All summer, it's a regular Hummar War around my house. I always see photos of hundreds of hummerbirds happily sharing meals on one or two feeders all over the hummingbird forums that I read. Not...

As The Garden Turns

Is it weird that I did a happy dance when I saw a bud on my Nasturtrium? After killing 47 of these the first time around, I'm pleased to see this group likes it here! Gardening has been a huge learning curve for me and keeps my mind occupied while I'm still treating...

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