Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sci Fi Muse Vs ME!!

For the past few days I have been trying to figure out WTH is going on with my poor Grape Tomato plants. I could tell that "something" was feverishly munching away. I was looking for the same little black monsters that were eating my Dahlias in the front border. I only saw ONE. Now I know that this skinny short black booger was not the culprit!! And that's when I found the 3rd cousin twice removed, of the muse for the dreaded Alien that made Sigourney Weaver look good bald.

Seriously!!Doesn't that look like an eye on the side?? It arched up when I touched it with a twig and EWWMG I swear that thing was laughing at me!!
Look at the destruction it has caused!!

All my leaves are gone. All my buds are gone. I was so upset!! This creature of evolution even munched on a few actual fruits!! WAH WAH WAH.... see my cute puppy in the back tho?? She's so sweet.

Well from the size of this veggie eater, I could only assume that he could not have done this alone. I was so very right. I found 10!! That's right TEEEEEEN!!! I couldn't believe it!! Now I need to clip off all the branches that they ceased useless. No reason for them to use much needed energy. I really hate spraying anything on my plants. Especially the ones that the little thumbs will be eating from.... SO I decided to have a little fun!!
I picked up two twigs long enough so that they couldn't attack me. They are freaky I tell ya!! They needed to be sturdy enough for me to pick them from their meal though.

NOW the fun began!!!!

One by one they lost their food then got squished!! Some of them did not want to die I tell ya!! They wouldn't let go of their perch....almost as if they knew what was about to happen. I just couldn't let them stay their no matter what. If I hadn't gone out there that day they would have surely eaten both plants in no time.

So these are the first few i snagged and made sure they would never return. Check out that spike??
I wonder if that spike is poisonous???

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WFMW - SparkPeople

So I'll admit it..... I'm not a small girl (well Mr Thumb says my toes are but that doesn't count right?)
Well what works for me is SparkPeople. In my fierce effort to lose about 70 lbs (long run wise), this site has been so very beneficial for me!! Not only can I see actual calorie counts for most foods, there are many videos and instructional areas to help to workout from home. The endless support from other members of SparkPeople has truly been what works for me. You wanna know the kicker...... IT'S FREEEEEE!!! No monthly charges!! No sign up fees!! NOTHING!!

Join me at SparkPeople!! If you only need to lose a few lbs or you really want to make the effort to simply learn how to eat better this is def the place to start!! When you sign up look for me "daisywahm".... I'm somewhere in there tracking my progress and learning on the way.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tree Integrity

I love to look at trees. I truly get a sense of joy looking at the twists and bends of the branches. I really love finding their scars. Whether it's a nice pruning job or a nasty lightning strike.. I love to see the scars and guess how it happened.
I wish I could drive around with a saw and "fix" some of the pruning jobs I've seen lately. People get suckered in everyday!! Just b/c you have a piece of paper saying that you CAN cut a few branches obviously does not mean that you should!!
There are lots of Historic Live Oaks in my area. As these enormous Octopus tentacle trees get larger and grow older, the pruning they received in the first 10 to 15 years really can make a difference. This is usually only in the case of such a tree at a residence or near a business.
Forethought about the true size of most trees should really be considered before you plant any type of tree.

Just a little vent today lol no "really" good info. I'll be back in the swing of things soon.