Monday, August 27, 2007

At Long Last LASR and New Pillars

"It is not stress that kills us. It is effective adaptation to stress that allows us to live." — George Vaillant

WE'RE OPEN!!


The Long and the Short of It website is up and running. Go take a look... and enter to win a great prize. We're giving stuff away every single day this week!

As the technical person in this operation, I discovered all kinds of stuff that needed fixing on the site pages yesterday. I worked, found more, worked, found even more... gack!

This was me (warning graphic animation that many of you have probably already seen).

I watched that guy over and over. Strangely, it made me feel better. Ha.

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Allie is having a great contest at her blog, too! Go over there, say howdy, and find out how you can win a gift basket with books and a GC and sweet treats worth more than $50!!

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Pillar Place: Swallowtail has taken a surprising new turn. Yesterday DD found two teeny, tiny "bird poops" pillars on her carrots. For some amazing pictures of what these critters look like when they're tiny, check out Bird Chick's post on Swallowtail Ranching. Amazing.

Anyway... I was firm. We didn't need anymore pillars. They were so small, we were guaranteed they'd overwinter as pupa provided they got big enough prior to our first frost (coming soon!), and I didn't want any more hanging out all winter.

But, she argued, these could be descendants of MOE or EENIE. We can't let the die. Please, mommy, I'll take care of them all by myself. ((much subdued sobbing occurs)).

So, yes. I'm a sucker. We now have carrot greens with two tiny pillars (I want to call them Frick and Frack, but the DD isn't going for that. They currently remain unnamed.) sitting in the box with Jill's pupa.

Someone asked (Dru? Was that you?) if we really had to wait until spring for Jill to hatch. Yup. And the pupa needs to be kept COLD. I'll probably put it in the bulkhead of our basement -- it'll be as cold as it is outside all winter, but she (oops...make that "they") won't have to deal with the destructive potential of snow, wind, sleet etc. Once the threat of frost is past ... sometime around the end of May... I'll put the box with the pupae outside in the sun and they'll hatch in a matter of hours. It's pretty incredible.

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Your Heart Is Blue

Love is a doing word for you. You know it's love when you treat each other well.
You are a giving lover, but you don't give too much. You expect something in return.

Your flirting style: Friendly

Your lucky first date: Lunch at an outdoor cafe

Your dream lover: Is both generous and selfish

What you bring to relationships: Loyalty

7 comments:

anno said...

First frost coming soon??! Say it's not so! Good luck with over-wintering your 'pillars & pupae.

For the record, I am officially addicted to your daily quizzes.

Tori Lennox said...

You're not a sucker, you're a good mom. :)

My heart is:

Your Heart Is Green
Love completes you, but that doesn't mean you seek it out.
When love comes your way, you integrate it peacefully into the rest of you life.

Your flirting style: Laid back

Your lucky first date: Walking around aimlessly and talking

Your dream lover: Is both enthusiastic and calm

What you bring to relationships: Balance


*snicker*

Jen said...

The site looks WONDERFUL! Congratulations!!!

Brandy said...

Congratulaitons on LASR!

I WISH first frost were soon. Here in SC, we're in the low 90's.

The quiz? Your heart is Blue. Hmmm, maybe.

Have a great day!

Dru said...

Congratulations on LASR. It looks good.

Interesting about the pupa. So what does it do while enclosed till spring?

For the quiz, my heart is green.

Melissa said...

My heart is blue, too!

groovyoldlady said...

Gee. I hope you'll be OK after they reinsert that loose eyeball and give you a transfusion and...well...maybe a face transplant.