Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skunk Cabbage and the Bumble Bee

You’re out for a stroll, it’s a warm spring evening, you look down and there you see a bumble bee walking along the ground. “Oh, the poor thing” you say to yourself, “it must be sick”, so you step on it, thinking you are putting it out of its misery.

            Back up a few hours:

            You’re fat and your little wings aerodynamically are not physically designed to give you the lift your bulbous body requires; but you can indeed fly.

            Benny the bumblebee, (or Beatrice), is getting ready to take on the day. He pops into the hive’s watering hole for some high energy bug juice, loading up on what he thinks is enough nectar to get him from where he is, to where he needs to go for pollen, and back again.

            But he runs into a head wind he didn’t anticipate, and Benny runs out of rocket fuel and makes for the deck, where he happens to cross your path and becomes a little wet spot in the dirt under your well meaning shoe.
            Benny was just walking home; he was fine, he just ran out of gas is all. What he was hoping for was a Skunk Cabbage plant to crawl into for a while, or maybe for the night.
 

            An interesting plant this Skunk Cabbage, it is located in wet areas where most of the very early flowering spring plants reside.
            Within this plant are two things for a tuckered out bee; a constant 72 degree environment, and a pool of high energy nectar. He could have rested throughout the night without freezing, and the nectar would have fueled him up for the rest of the flight home.

            But no, he found himself under your shoe……

 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Peepers....There's love in the air

            Get some warm weather and a little rain and there will be a cacophony of spring peepers serenading you into the evening.

 
            We sometimes think they were created for our evening enjoyment and that may be partially true. Thankfully for you I am well versed in the Peeper dialect and will now translate for you what they are actually saying.

            It is a difficult language to learn because it is tonal, and, they only repeat the same two words over and over again. To understand these two words is to unlocked the mystery of their communication. 

            It’s only the males that speak, and it goes like this:

            “Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby, Hey Baby.”

            Even in the amphibian world the male idiot brain thinks this mantra is making the females swoon, but the ladies just roll their eyes and dismiss this feeble romantic attempt. They do however key into how he is saying his stupid line. Only the loud ones with the clear tune will gain the affection of the fair damsels. The rest, well I guess it’s back to Miss Toad’s class for another year of voice lessons.   

            Funny thing about these peepers, and the other frogs vying for the affection of these ladies in green or brown, is that for some reason the males think the females are better looking on the other side of the road, and the males on that side of the pavement feel the same way; so they pass each other, and do so at great peril. At this point, the car is their most common predator. 

            Of course not all engage this gauntlet across the asphalt, some find dates in their own neighborhood. But I do wonder what the daring ones are thinking when they do make it to the other side and find the same bunch of foggy faces they just left.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Sunday!!


What an amazing Savior we have!

He had the power to cancel the whole thing, or at the very least greatly diminish His pain and suffering.

* Just a couple of comments to Pilot’s questions would have had Him released; Pilot was already desperately looking for a reason to let Him go. Herod just needed to see a little miracle.

* He could have greatly reduced the pain and agony inflicted by the Roman scourges and mockers by removing the demonic influence that had taken them over at that moment; He had done so for others so many times in the past, two thousand were sent into pigs just a few months ago.

* He could have endowed Himself with the same strength He gave Samson when he carried the city gates on his shoulders to the top of a hill; but He choose to stumble and fall under the weight of our cross.

* He could have taken the wine mixed with gall to deaden the pain; or at the very least changed it into something that tasted better; He had done that with water at a wedding just three years prior.

*He could have stopped His terrible bleeding with a word; just a touch of His robe stopped a life time of bleeding just a week ago.

*The ground could have opened up and swallowed those standing around the cross jeering and mocking like in the days of Cora, Dathan and Abirum; but He let it happen  a ways away only to let some who had died, resurrect and pave the way for a great revival fifty three days from then.

* He could have asked the Father to speak to the crowd and say to them the same thing He said when He was baptized. He could have summoned the same host of angels to give His death the same glorious end as they did in announcing His glorious birth.

* Like the song says; “He could have called ten thousand angles to destroy the world and set Him free; but He died alone for you and me”.

Blessings to you on this glorious Easter Sunday; a day that speaks “Well done my Son, Arise!”

 

            The Niemeyer’s

Friday, April 18, 2014

Crabicide and Fertilizer:

            There are two ways you can buy Crabicide, with fertilizer or without fertilizer. I’m not sure which is the best, but here’s my thought.

 
            The fertilizer addition in the crabicide blend is not as strong in the Nitrogen department as the typical summer grass food bag boasts; nitrogen is the food that makes the plant grow and the nitrogen in the crabicide bag is about half. This is good because the grass is just now waking up; how hungry are you when your peepers open as slits at six in the morning? You’ve got to get moving a bit before you’re rummaging around for some breakfast. To spring the high nitrogen fertilizer on your lawn this time of year, is to have someone wheel the buffet buckboard into your bedroom, and force you to eat it all now before you’ve even had a chance to wipe the sleepers out of your eyes.

            I think just the plain Crabicide is all your yard really needs; give it a chance to wake up a bit before you cram the whole “pig on a spit” down their throats.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crab Grass Killer Applying Time:

            It is time to buy the Crabicide, and it is getting close to the time to putting it down; I would say this weekend.

            Crabicides do not kill crabgrass plants, in fact you will not see a crabgrass plant out there, they have all died throughout the winter. You may see skeletons of last year’s dead ones, but you will not see any live plants right now.

 
            “Well then, what’s the fuss about” you may be asking yourself? It’s the seeds. What you allowed to live last year produced seeds.

            Maybe you were diligent in seeing that none of the seeds of the previous year germinated, but your neighbor was a little less astute about the blight that can ravage a lawn. His seeds can, and will, find their way onto your horticultural carpet. This is where the Crabicides come in, they kill the seed at the moment of germination; no germination no little crabgrass plants, no crabgrass plants no choking death to the rest of your lawn.

            If you can’t get to it this weekend keep an eye on the Forsythia bushes, once they flower it is generally too late. If the temperature was warm enough to pop the forsythia buds it was warm enough to crack open the hard shell of a crabgrass seed; and once that little seedling pokes its head out to look around no amount of crabicide will do it in.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Woodchucks:

            Saw a woodchuck yesterday and that means territories are going to be refined.

 
            Not sure why they called them woodchucks, they’ve never been a problem, to my knowledge, in the area of throwing wood; can’t say I’ve ever seen them mess up anything made of wood. They tunnel under it, or around it, but I’ve never had them eat through it.

            The tunneling is the biggest annoyance. Being a sizable animal it needs a sizeable hole, which means a sizeable mound of dirt.

            If you find that you’re playing host or hostess to one of these fur coated digging machines know that you have options.

            Country folks have one more option than city dwellers; but just know that you only have one chance, after that even the squeak of the door and they’re gone.

            City people must resort to less cacophonous forms of control.

            Used kitty litter tops the chart when wanting them to mosey on down the road. Evidently, the woodchuck cannot differentiate between “Mittens” your declawed overweight house cat and a man-eating Puma; to them both gifts dropped from the south end of a north bound feline, register as a dangerous predator that should be given a wide berth.

            To employ this method just dump it into the hole they’ve started, and sprinkle some of the rest next to any other spot that looks to be a good place to dig.

            They are a nuisance that nobody wants to attract; they undermine with good intentions, and can make your property look like an artillery range.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It Snowed Again

See! This is why we don't get all excited about early gardening in Michigan...




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