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September 28, 2014

Tarantulas: Those Scary Creeping Things

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TARANTULAS: THOSE SCARY CREEPING THINGS

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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 6:7   So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them.”  (KJV)

REFLECTION:     Many people would be happy if somehow the creepy, creeping tarantulas were destroyed, removed from the earth. But some people set out to save sick ones.

The June 5, 1999 AP headline captured my attention: Sick tarantula getting top-notch care.

2 ½ ounce Goliath, No. 79011, had an infection oozing from her side and an abscess the size of a quarter. The infection gave the salad-plate sized eight-legged critter value. She could teach doctors about medical care of tarantulas in captivity.

The antibiotic wasn’t working. Veterinarians planned CAT scans to identify problems during surgery that hopefully would correct Goliath’s problem.

Goliath, with her dark brown hair and turret of eyes atop her flat head, able to make a fearless person arachnophobic, must be a special spider. Such great lengths to save a creature that has “a habit of showing her fangs and shooting barbed hairs from her rump” doesn’t seem like something I might consider.

One of my pre-married era boyfriends would think differently. Stanley, my senior prom date, attended (more…)

August 13, 2013

shoo Lowly Mosquito! Get outta here!

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SHOO LOWLY MOSQUITO! GET OUTTA HERE!

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SWAT!

I yelling so loud that if my neighbors were home they would have evicted me from the community.

This normally calm, cool, collected, eclectic, friendly woman, me, was waving her arms, glaring, and shouting venom at….

A MOSQUITO!

Such a small creature. How could it rile me up so?

After a couple of hours of de-brushing our overgrown scrubbrush and being attacked by a zillion tiny black bugs my patience had waned. And now this pesky mosquito was after me.

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I must wonder if the mosquito is after me because she’ was hungry for blood or she was jealous that I can enjoy my favorite meals on occasion, or at least when I’m not too lazy to prepare them.

Why is she jealous? the blood intake (she cherishes) to provide egg nourishment, which we all associate with female mosquitoes, “is actually something that the vast majority of female mosquitoes will never enjoy.” Only a few species are able to feed on human blood, and many of those that do are able to turn readily to birds and mammals.*

This ever persistent creature is deemed unwanted, (more…)

March 5, 2013

WP Daily Prompt 3/4/2013: A Story Written Using No “N”, Another With No “E”

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WP Daily Prompt 3/4/2013:
A STORY WRITTEN USING NO “N”:
ANOTHER WRITTEN WITH NO “E”

The March 4, 2013, WordPress Daily Prompt was There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

Easy, I thought. All I have to do is eliminate the Q or the Z.

But that would be, in my mind, not fair, cheating. How often do I write entire posts that don’t have a Q or a Z? I must say it’s quite often.

I looked around the room and recorded the first number I saw between 1 and 26. It was 14. I went through the alphabet on my fingers and discovered number 14 was the letter “N.” How does one write a piece without using the letter N?

SCARED KITTY GROWS TO LOVE HER ADOPTED FAMILY

The kitty, a.k.a. Baby, was scared. She acted from her fear.

The day we brought her home from the shelter she scooted from the cat carrier. She hid above the sheets stored atop a shelf. If Mary or Joe, the kids who lived with her, came close to her she bared her teeth with a hiss.IMG_0318eShortly, however, she came to love Mary and Joe. She rubbed their legs while she purred as they petted her. She slept curled at their feet. She grabbed pieces of food from their thumbs.

Baby protected Mary and Joe. If they were (more…)

October 7, 2012

Stink Bug and Blister Bug Plagues

Filed under: Insects and Bugs — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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STINK BUG AND BLISTER BUG PLAGUES

“I don’t know why o one likes stink bugs,” Fran’s grandson told her. “They’re my buddies.”

“Then get different buddies,” Fran retorted.

Fran had just told me that stink bugs are plaguing her community, thirty miles west of where I live. They made their way into her house regardless of the fact that she sealed her windows and air conditioners in every imaginable fashion.

“As soon as the temperature hits seventy degrees they’re all over,” she said. “They’re magical bugs. Maybe they transform themselves to get in. They just invade, there’s nothing sacred.

“They get into everything—sheets, clothing drawers, in the pleats of the drapes…my husband watches them crawl across the ceiling as I try to eliminate them.”

She found thirty stink bugs in the folds of her heavy drapes when she removed her air conditioner.

This week she went to her post office four miles away.

“I saw a lady swinging her arms like helicopters.” The woman was trying to scare away stink bugs.

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The image created in my mind almost made me laugh. It also drew my thoughts to (more…)

October 11, 2011

Mother Nature’s Creatures Predict Winter Weather

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MOTHER NATURE’S CREATURES

PREDICT WINTER WEATHER

     A couple of weeks ago I spent a Sunday doing laundry. As I explained to my husband, if we are functioning according to Mother Nature’s dryer (the sun), and Mother Nature only provides that dryer on a Sunday, then, unfortunately, we end up doing laundry on the Lord’s Day.

     In today’s world meteorologists make use of complicated equipment, such as satellites, to forecast the weather.

     Even before this equipment was developed people had an interest in the weather. This included (and is) farmers, sailors and others, whose livelihood depended on it.

     Mother Nature provides signals used by many persons to predict upcoming weather. Today we celebrate some of these signals. Most notably, here in Pennsylvania, is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who predicts the weather for the final six weeks of the winter season.

     On the opposite end of the spectrum is the (more…)

October 9, 2011

Wooly Worms Predict the 2011 PA. Winter Weather

(To view the 2012-2013 winter forcecast click on

The 2012-2013 Weather Prediction from the Woolly Worm & Accuweather  )

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PREDICTING THE 2011 PENNSYLVANIA WINTER:

Wooly Worms

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     I have yet to see one. Perhaps it’s because of the rainy, wet, beginning of the autumn season. Whatever, I’ve been looking for them. After all, it will be nice to know what snows and storms Mother Nature will deliver between December and April.

What I’m looking for is the wooly worm, an autumnal predictor of the next season’s severity. The woolly bear is a fuzzy larva of the tiger moth found in the Midwest and Northeast.* It is the antithesis of Punxsutawney Phil, who predicts the final six weeks of winter. The wooly worm predicts the severity of the winter season:

  •  The way to “read a caterpillar” is: the smaller the brownish-red bands are the harsher the winter will be. The black stripes indicate (more…)

June 23, 2011

Mayflies & Blisterflies: Summer Pests

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MAYFLIES & BLISTERFLIES: SUMMER PESTS

     In mid-June my husband Monte and I spent a week in Lakeside, Ohio, at what is known as The Chautauqua on Lake Erie. My son was a delegate at an Ohio  United Methodist Church conference, and was staying in accommodations that would allow us to visit him while he was there.

      Just about the time we were leaving Lakeside, the mayflies were arriving.

     While traveling and during our visit, I was reviewing the chapters I have written in my historic romance novel, Intertwined Love, which included information on a summer pest in Philadelphia, the blisterfly.

     I cannot help but write about the similarities and the differences between the summer infestations of insects in 2010 Lakeside and 1791 Philadelphia.

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Mayflies usually live for 24-72 hours. Don’t forget that they’ve already spent 1-2 years on the bottom of the lake as a (more…)

April 21, 2011

Ladybug, Ladybug, From Whence Did You Come?

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LADYBUG, LADYBUG, FROM WHENCE DID YOU COME?

     The first spring of our new home I went to an upstairs room. There, the floor was covered with ladybug carcasses. Where did they come from? Had they wintered in the woodwork? I’d never seen so many of the red creatures with black dots on their backs.

        When my granddaughter Jordan was younger, that is, toddler age, she loved ladybugs. I can’t say the same about me during this invasion of their ilk, although in other settings I find them intriguing.

     Although many parts of the world consider the ladybug a good-luck symbol, I don’t recall having that much extra good luck during or after the invasions. In China the ladybug is known as (more…)

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