Kickin' back, musing, observing, and gathering inspiration from the hills of East Tennessee.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We are now experiencing our annual ladybug infestation. Not as bad as it was three years ago, but still a nuisance. We have the back door sealed up with tape and rags sprayed with bug spray because they come in there the most, being a sunnier location. These ladybugs are the Asian ones, brought here from Asia and having no natural predator, except that I did read there is some kind of wasp that east them. They like warm, light-colored spots. They come out of the woods at this time of year to hibernate. If you kill one, it'll stain and stink. They also pinch (not bite). These are the ladybug facts I've learned since we moved her. Putting a new, tighter, roof on our house has helped dramatically at keeping them out. They will be active until it gets cold and stays cold for the winter.
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!