Blast Ended Skrewts, etc.
This little guy has been hanging out on my front porch in the garden bed for a week now. I love how expressive bugs are when you get up close.
Hard to tell from this macro picture, but this is a baby praying mantis just a little larger than my thumbnail. Rosie and I had so much fun stalking him.
I love the way they cock their heads to stare up at you! I happened to notice that his eyeballs can rotate completely backwards, without turning his head he can move his eyeballs to look straight behind him. How cool is that?
See what I mean? One set of eyes can see out of the back and the front of his head.
(Why aren’t human mothers equipped with this skill?)
Rosie and I also found these little bugs. I have no idea what they are–they are super tiny, smaller than a pencil eraser. They have a puff of cotton coming out of their behinds.
What in the world? Never seen bugs like this before. They are all over some weeds by my back porch.
I’ve nicknamed them Blast Ended Skrewts.
I am such a nerd. I love looking at bugs up close.
They are so fascinating! They look like we would imagine aliens to be, or monsters, except on a very tiny micro scale.
Anyway, moving on from insect photos…ahem…
Tyler is working nine days in a row, starting today. (Saturday) Good money, but…blah.
We’re going to go see that farm tomorrow night.
Excited/nervous/excited/trying not to get my hopes up.
Been thinking about what exactly we need to get done in our house if we’re going to put it on the market. Kind of a long list of small things, a couple of bigger things.
-New closet doors, since the others fall off…wouldn’t be good if those big slabs of wood fell on someone when they were looking at our house!
-New bathroom sink/cabinets because the old one is horrific.
-Touch up/finish bathroom paint job. I never painted behind the toilet because you can’t really see it, I just never got around to it! And the paint above the shower needs a second coat.
-Touch up ceiling paint, door frame paint, and door paint. Easy and will make a huge difference!
-Pressure wash the siding and the concrete around the outside of the house. (Did the front tonight, tomorrow we’ll do the back.)
-Weed eat and rip out the horrible overgrowth. When we moved in the yard was unkempt. It’s scary, the weeds will never go away. We’ll just cut them back as much as possible and hide them with a nice layer of mulch. This will take a lot of work. Most dreaded task ever. It’s like a weed jungle all around our house. I gave up on it awhile ago.
-Clean out the garage. It floods every time it rains, there are drainage holes drilled in the walls of the garage. Great, right? (It’s an unattached garage.) We store everything up on bricks. Redneck garage. It looks gross in there because when I was pregnant with Ada and feeling miserable a few chickens started living in there. Really, a redneck garage. Pressure washer will fix this problem right quick. It’s fun to spray out muck with a pressure washer, as long as you keep your mouth closed tight and wear your boots!
Once all of that is done, if we are making an offer on the farm we see tomorrow and planning on showing our house then I’ll pare down everything we own to the bare minimum and drop the rest in storage. I already have a ridiculous organization system set up with rubbermaid tubs as a result of living in an inefficiently laid out 1000 st ft, so this will be an easy task for me…and secretly enjoyable. But I’m not packing stuff up unless we think we are actually moving right now…so this has to wait until very last!
Then I will have to implement my strict cleaning schedule and maintain it while we show our house. Ack. I should start going to bed earlier so I am more energized. How does 1 in the morning come so fast? I have horrible insomnia. I suffer from racing thoughts about all kinds of random things. I purposely distract myself from going to bed because I hate laying there trying to get my brain to shut up! But at the same time late night racing thoughts are where I come up with my best ideas…so…trade off, I guess.
Please tell me you also see it–doesn’t it look like this Cabbage Butterfly has on huge glasses like Professor Trelawney?
Or maybe I just have too much Harry Potter on the brain.