Archive for April, 2010
Well, the rescued plants are mostly thriving – on the other hand, my laptop IS NOT. It went kerplewey today after about the 20th dreaded “blue screen” notice. I had pretty much copied most of my files onto DVD about two weeks ago, but that’s still two weeks of work that I didn’t have backed up as we thought the problem was fixed.
So I will be taking it to the repairman tomorrow with high hopes that he can retrieve at least some of the last few weeks of articles, photos, and stuff. I’ll probably be off the grid for a couple of days so bear with me! (It’s not like I can’t keep busy repotting and trying to ID greenery!)
Enjoy your week my friends.
And they’re off……….crossing the finish line by the tip of her sneakers is: SewCalGal!
Congratulations!!!!!! I’ll send your info to the publisher. Thank you all for entering the drawing and be on the lookout for more giveaways soon.
In the meantime, be sure to go here for Hayseed’s First Race. Hayseed makes his grand debut in the world today! I’m told they are already working on his next escapade so don’t miss out. Learn more at: http://www.caballopress.com/
|Male beetle moving ball of dung with his hind legs|
First off, let me state for the record that I did not call him this. At breakfast this morning, he told Mom and I that he is the dung beetle of the family. While this is not a normal conversation in the majority of homes, it is really not a super surprising one for this group. We obviously aren’t normal anyway so let me try to explain this statement.
When we were camping last summer we came across a funny sight while hiking. I was in the lead and had to stop as I saw something rather strange: it looked like a little turd moving along the path in front of me. Upon further investigation, we found that it was a dung beetle with a rolled up ball of poop. He was rolling it uphill and in a very straight path – over pebbles, twigs, whatever. He was a persistent little guy as the ball was about three times his size and it was very unwieldy. We must have spent about fifteen minutes just watching as this amazing little creature kept to his task. He was the epitome of the saying that “the impossible is possible if you keep at it”.
Now, the reason Mr. MoonCat popped off with this little gem today is that he had done some reading on these fascinating little bugs. We were talking this morning about how ants can carry many times their own weight and we told mom about seeing the little dung beetle at work. Hubby’s ENTIRE basis for saying that he is the dung beetle of OUR family is that the males are the ones who do all the work in dung beetle couples. They usually roll up the ball of poop and move it to wherever the female designates while she directs or even HITCHES A RIDE while he’s working!
|Mr. DungBeetle moving poop while being directed by Mrs. DungBeetle|
If this hadn’t hit me as so funny, I might think about being offended, but I chose to laugh my butt off at him. (It’s especially significant today as I “requested” that he move around a bunch of furniture yesterday..)
Hayseed’s First Race debut book giveaway ends tonight! If you haven’t entered the drawing yet, be sure to go to the original post HERE. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a copy of this darling book about an amazing racehorse who overcomes obstacles to obtain his heart’s desire. This book makes it’s official debut tomorrow, April 14th for the whole world to enjoy. Good luck to everyone!
Uses: Many people enjoy eating young dandelion greens in salads or steamed like spinach. They have been shown to be a great source of Vitamin A and potassium. Dandelions have been reported to be a potent diuretic for humans and is actually a considered a beneficial one as the dandelion may up the levels of potassium which is usually leached out by other diuretics. The dandelion root has been shown to possibly have a laxative effect on humans and may aid in cleansing the system. This is interesting since it basically acts just like coffee and is often used as a coffee substitute.
Notes: Dandelions are a critical source of both nectar and pollen for honeybees. It is especially important as it provides a natural food source well into autumn for the bees to the beekeeper isn’t feeding them the artificial food as early. Consider growing a couple pots full of dandelions even if only to keep the bees happy!
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. It is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider before taking any supplements, herbs, or other substances.
I would like to introduce you to my new favorite horse – Hayseed.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The publisher is providing a copy of the book for the giveaway winner.