Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Woe is Me

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

Or should that be "Woe is I"? LOL...

Yesterday was a bust. I couldn't write a word. **sigh**

Why is it when I set aside all kinds of time for writing, I end up blocked? Oh well, writing day comes again soon *G*.

DD found the COOLEST caterpillar yesterday!! The thing was HUGE -- easily 4 - 5" long and thick as my finger. He was just cruising across the road and she nearly ran him over with her bike. Of course, we had to stop, examine, and realize we didn't know what kind it was... so we brought it home. What else would any normal person do? Check it out:



So, after a great deal of research with decided it was the Hummingbird "sphinx" moth larvae. Those are my absolute FAVORITE moths -- they diurnal (active during the day) and look like little hummingbirds because of how their wings work. Check out this page for some really neat pictures of the critter.

And, no, we're not raising it inside... We put it out in our backyard because, odds are, it was looking for a place to make its pupae and we are very bug friendly.

We also found this weird looking creature:



My camera doesn't do close-ups well, sorry... but it was some sort of beetle on our green bean leaves. The leaves weren't nibbled on, so I don't think it was eating them. And it looks like a tiny turtle sprawled over a white spot -- and when it moved, it moved FAST!

Anyone have any ideas?

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It's been so cold at night that I pulled up my garden and put the flannel sheets on the bed. That can only mean one thing, right? Yep... it warmed up immediately!! LOL...

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What Your Handbag Says About You



You are a low maintenance person. You can adapt to a variety of situations.

You are an organized and together person. You are competent and successful.

You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.



Yep.

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11 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

Oh, no. I'm so sorry your writing day went sour. But it looks like you and DD found lots of other exciting things to do and see so it wasn't a complete bust. The silver lining and all...

Maybe your next writing day will be magic! Fingers crossed for you. :)

Happy Tuesday!

keri mikulski :) said...

I love handbags. :)

Sorry about yesterday. Good luck with the block. What an interesting looking caterpillar. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Whoa. Cool caterpillar!

That beetle looked like a blueberry. LOL!

Oh, poo. Sorry about the writer's "block". That totally stinks. Better luck today.

PS. "Tag" :)

Diane Craver said...

Sorry about your writing - hope today is better. I didn't write either but we had to clean up the mess from the high winds that went thru our area on Sunday. Just thankful that we didn't lose our power like so many did.

Here's what I got from handbag quiz:

You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace.

You tend to be on high alert. You are very aware of your surroundings.

You are open and comfortable with who you are. You don't hide anything.

You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.

Melissa said...

Hugs on the writing. Time for some tough love though. I remember what Nora Roberts said at an RWA conference when I was first starting out. She said if you were a surgeon, could you just say "I'm not feeling it today. I've got surgeon's block so I'm not going to do any surgeries" ?

I used to wait for the muse to strike to write. When I didn't have kids or a contract I had that luxury. Now, I don't and writing is my career so I always remind myself of what Nora said on those days I'm not feeling it and I make myself write anyway.

Does it make it any easier? Of course not. It's still hard getting the words on the page, but I'd rather rewrite than face a blank page, even if the words that need revising suck.

Dru said...

Sorry that your writing wasn't flowing. Perhaps you'll have a better go at it another day. How many days do you allow yourself to write?

What Your Handbag Says About You

You tend to be relaxed but alert. You keep your eye out for anything unusual.

You are open and comfortable with who you are. You don't hide anything.

You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.


That's me.

Devon Ellington said...

Sorry you had a frustrating writing day. Maybe you just needed a break to refill the creative well.

I need large swaths of unstructured time to do my best work.

But, sometimes, I just need a large swath of unstructured time to let things percolate.

Tori Lennox said...

*hugs* on the writing!

You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace. I don't know about that!

You tend to be relaxed but alert. You keep your eye out for anything unusual. Well, I do try to keep an eye out for unusual things because they make such fun blog topics.

You tend to be on high alert. You are very aware of your surroundings. Yes and no. *g*

You are a very creative person. Your life tends to be a whirlwind, but you always seem to pull it together. I'd like to think so.

You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person. I don't know about practical, but the second part? Oh yeah.

Brandy said...

That catepillar looks cute! I'm sorry your writing day was a bust. I hope it works out later.

Handbag quiz: You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace.
You tend to be on high alert. You are very aware of your surroundings.
You are a low maintenance person. You can adapt to a variety of situations.
You are practical and down to earth. You tend to be a rather reserved and quiet person.
You are a very unique and special person. There's no one else who is anything like you.


FUN! *G*

Have a good day!

Ceri said...

My mom had one of those beetles on one of her plants. We thought the markings made it look like a tiny turtle. No clue what it is though.

cool looking catapiller.

Writing? What's that. I've been trying to get a synopsis done. I do not like those. At all.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Marianne, I Used to Be HP also had a pillar post yesterday - I sent her your way. Her name is Sarabeth, so if you see a Sarabeth, that's probably her. She also is a writer. You might enjoy her blog.