Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wanted, Unwanted, Weird Residents and Garden Goodies

Our newest "wanted" resident.  Lenny.  Lenny is from A.'s buddy L. and has been long anticipated.  He is very cute, extremely playful, and wants to suck on your finger to go to sleep.  Silly kitty!

Lenny and Roscoe, new BFF's

Paper Wasp Nest
So we have been working on the camper, getting it ready for the convention.  One day we go outside to find this "unwelcome" guest that had attached itself to the camper.  This is a paper wasp nest.  I have been seeing a lot of these in service lately.  They can get HUGE!  This is how it looked the first day we discovered it.

And this is the nest two days later.  Not really much bigger but they had finished off the bottom and you can see a new layer starting at the top.  Cameron took care of it though so unwanted quests are now gone.

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar
And this "weird" resident is an American Dagger Moth caterpillar.  A. captured him while last week.  Very strange looking creature.  When they are attacked by a predator they curl up in a ball and those black hairs on his back look like spikes to ward off attackers.  Clever.  And as colorful as he is, he turns into a very blah, grey moth.

And lastly, a few garden goodies.  Starting off with something we got nothing of last year.  Bell peppers!  Yum!

The bell peppers are doing well.  Although the plants are not getting very big so the peppers really weigh them down and they end up bent over.  They are delicious though.  And the jalapeño plants are doing awesome.  We are getting a ton of jalapeño's.

Our zucchini plants are doing awesome as well.  I have been checking them every couple of days and getting one or two each day.  Somehow I missed one.  And this is what happens after you miss that same one for a few days.

Guess I better get busy baking some zucchini bread!

This next week will be very busy.  Thursday morning we head over to Saginaw for our convention.  Can't wait.  Talk to you all soon. 

Hugs and kisses from all of us here in Michigan!

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