A walk around the pond

(Praying mantis. Around the pond. Sept. 2006)

I spotted this guy/gal while taking a walk around the pond the other day. Did you know there are over 2,000 species of the praying mantis around the world? I didn’t. It’s also the only insect that swivels its head from side to side. Click on the photo if you want to see it more up close and personal. (This works for all the photos, by the way.)

The orange flowers you see peeking out between the grass and other weeds is jewelweed also known as nature’s poison ivy cure. Having never tried it, I can’t vouch for that, but have heard good things about it in regards to helping to heal a poison ivy rash.

It’s a quiet Sunday here in the Bogs. M is refinishing the door to the foyer closet. We recently (last weekend) tiled the foyer which, of course, made the door look shabby and in need of work. The tile looks lovely and it only took us a couple of days to get it laid, mortared, and grouted. Renting a tile saw is not cheap, I can tell ya that.

M the Younger is expected home sometime today to do his laundry and have Sunday dinner with us. I hope to hear he’s enjoying at least some of his classes and that something has grabbed his interest. This semester is his last chance to make it or break it at college. Our patience has run out.

I’ve been cleaning house. Boring stuff, but it has to be done. Tomorrow I have an appointment with the doctor that I’m dreading. Lest that sound ominious, I should say that I dread any and all appointments with any and all doctors. I just don’t like ’em.

I’ve been having some problems lately and after a visit to my primary care physician, some blood tests, and an ultrasound, I’m being shuffled off to another doc. I suspect I’m going to have to stop putting off the surgery I’ve been putting off for the last six years, but we’ll see. Provided there’s no rush to have the surgery, the question than becomes: Do I do it before or after M’s sabbatical?

No point in speculating on it now. I’ll know more soon. Besides, I don’t want to expose all of my inner workings out here on a public blog.

We finally downloaded Sype and bought a webcam. We’re now able to visit with our granddaughter via the modern miracle of the internet. For free, too. Ain’t that a blast? 🙂 It spices up our Sunday phone calls and this way she’ll recognize us the next she sees us. In my opinion, there’s far too much time in between visits. I wish we lived closer. Or they lived closer. Either way would work for me.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Pretty dull stuff, don’t you think?

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I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby. ~Nancie J. Carmody



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