Thursday, May 07, 2009

Saw an interesting sky while visiting Mom

It is no wonder Chapman Valley Manor received a four star rating recently. The Mother-Daughter Tea held again this year was a wonderful little party for the residents and their daughters or friends.

We sang oldies—real oldies—the kind that are so easy to sing along. Accompanied by a wonderful piano player from Abilene, we stomped and clapped and laughed.  She probably knew the songs she played by ear on the piano from her youth, but she was younger than me at heart.

On the way back, we saw this picture in the southeast sky.  Very interesting but not a clue what it is.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Don’t Speed in Topeka

City of Topeka Speeding Fines *****
Add $66 for court appearence

speeding tickets MPH Over Limit/Fine Amount*

Court Appearance Required for Speeding 26+ Over the Limit

Court Appearance Required for Speeding 16+ Over

School and Construction Zone Limits

*Fines Doubled in Construction Zones, Tripled in School Zones

*****What about talking on a cell phone and speeding?

Monday, May 04, 2009

June Bug

Well, actually, they are June Beetles.  June Bug is a good name-a good nickname, actually.  So, for the purpose of this little post, it will be June Bug.

First, from this North Carolina site, I learn June bugs hatch from white grubs.  Most likely the reason we have a lot of June Bugs is because there are grubs in our yard.  How do I know we have grubs? We have moles. Moles love grubs. 

Also, I learned June Bugs especially like Oak leaves.  No wonder our Pin Oak tree has to leaf out twice each spring.  Last night it was swarming top to bottom with June Bugs.

Another interesting site called How To Get Rid of Stuff.Com says,"these pests may also frighten or scare you or other people in your home, especially girls and small children.”  Now, I know a few girls who might take exception to this statement. 

This blogger thinks all June Bugs should be dead.  To back this statement, he has a picture of a dead upside down bug on his post.

Finally, this “Ask an Entomologist” site answers the question, “Can June Bugs see?”  It is a legitimate question. Why do they fly into windows and light bulbs.  Kelley, the entomologist answering the questions posts a huge picture of the head of a June Bug showing two big eyes.  Her answer is that June bugs are ineffective flyers and once they get going, they can’t stop.  They are attracted to light so they fly headlong into it. 

Guess my conclusion is June Bugs are not really a good beetle.  Actually, there is really nothing good about them considering they scare girls.  But, maybe it’s the time of year they appear.  The promise of summer and fun.  I just can’t hate them.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Why are June bugs flying around our pin oak tree?

Not just a few, the tree is humming.

I’ve been poking around the internet and have a couple clues.  Promised myself I would be in bed by 10:00 so check in tomorrow night.  If anyone knows, clue me in.