Monday, August 01, 2011

An Odd Sort of Pillar Place

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. ~Jeffrey Glassberg

What a weekend! Sheerly crazy and nothing worked out as planned on any of the days. We discovered quite an infestation of tomato hornworms on our already emaciated tomato plants ... and DD is so desperate to raise SOMETHING that I let her select a few to bring in to raise (but I'm going to have to get their food from another garden because my tomatoes are pitiful). She wasn't allowed to have them all, which was tough. What a choice for her: "you live, you die". I'm sure there's a life lesson in there somewhere, but mostly it just made her feel guilty.

We didn't name them... but they are kinda cool. I'm afraid at least some of them are going to overwinter (I had her choose the largest ones to try to keep that from happening, but you never know). It's a learning experience for us, though. Interestingly, there is information on raising them, and they turn out to be one of the coolest moths ever, the hummingbird moth, which is the only reason I caved.

In other insect news, we had to rehome about 200 Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars on Saturday. They've completed decimated my milkweed and were nowhere near fully grown. So we took a container and scooped off as many as we could, then took them over to the library area. There is acres of milkweed there. I still have several dozen tussock moths, and only four or five milkweed leaves yet, so another batch may need to find a new home.

It's an odd sort of Pillar Place this year ... lol.

The time I didn't spend playing with pillars I spent working on getting the LASR/WC Anniversary Party up and running. This morning, I gave away our first grand prize (a Nook/Kindle/$150 GC) and we're doing a Nook Color next. Fun, but crazy!

We're also doing a retrospective on the LASR side in the author spotlight -- a look back at our firsts. It was a fun trip down memory lane (Charity Tahmaseb, if you're reading this, you should check out Wedenesday's post).

How was your weekend?


You Are Oxygen

You are highly observant. No detail slips past you.

You follow the rules - even if you don't particularly like them.

Beyond being a good leader, you are good at inspiring others. You push everyone you know to be a little better.

You are polite and courteous. You always mind your manners.

Mostly right...



Maria Zannini said...

Not tomato hornworms! LOL. Couldn't you get her a goldfish instead?

I hate tomato hornworms.

Sarita said...

Ugh, tomato worms. Just what you didn't need!

I stayed busy all weekend. Intentionally, I filled every waking hour with something useful. Canning, weeding, mowing, picking fruit and working on the new book. Not a minute to spare and I actually slept well.

Your busy weekend sounds great. Except for the worms.

Are you picking tomatoes yet? I'm beginning to pick the Early Girls. The Romas are starting to turn...

Hope you have a peaceful day.

Dru said...

Sorry about your tomatoes.

You Are Sulfur

People often misunderstand you. You are more of an optimist than you seem.

You are quirky, charming, and creative. You like to celebrate your uniqueness.

You are emotionally authentic at all costs. You let your true feelings be known.

You make the most of your experiences. You want to squeeze as much as you can out of every moment.

This is moderately accurate.

Have a great Monday.

Angelina Rain said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend. Congrats on the LASR party.

I had a sucky weekend. I spent it trying to study for my insurance licence test (you have no idea how boring insurance law is!) and fighting with the man of the past about who gets the dog. The dog is mine. I'm the only one who has ever remembered to feed him, took him on walks, and it helps that he's not scared of me. I think I should get the dog.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

Uh, oh. Should I be scared? ;-)