NATIONAL MOTH WEEK

TL 7-23 thru 7-31 NATIONAL MOTH WEEKMost of the moths in our part of the country are not as pretty as the photo on today’s banner.  Ours tend to be fuzzy little dark brown critters and nothing as pretty as their cousins the butterflies.  insect-626199_1920

This week we pay homage to the humble little moth, a creature that God made and apparently wanted to save and saw to it that a couple made it to Noah’s ark.  What are the differences between butterflies and moths?  moth-butterfly-differences

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-butterflies-and-moths/

http://nationalmothweek.org/

Moths make up the order Lepidoptera, one of the major groups of insects. There are over 150,000 species of moths!  They live around the world, inhabiting forests, meadows, fields and human houses.  Since they destroy certain fruit and crops, they are classified as pests.  Moths can range in size from smaller than a pencil tip to bigger than a songbird.

Moths are usually active at night and rest during the day in a preferred wooded habitat.

So they aren’t just the drab little brown creatures that hang around our porch light and cling to our screens at night in the summertime.  Who knew?  I didn’t know there were folks out there interested in raising them.

The beautiful Luna moth does not have a mouth — so cannot eat — and will live only for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating!  There’s a small group of moths called “bird dropping” moths.  Yep – it’s because that’s what they look like when they are at rest.

Here’s a resource for anyone who wants to know more about moths.  It was written with the beginner in mind and is easy to understand.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peterson-field-guide-to-moths-of-northeastern-north-america-david-beadle/1104512944

Did you know that moths like beer?  The Nature Conservancy writes, “Nothing attracts these guys like beer.  A tip from our scientists:  Mix a paste of beer, brown sugar and banana.  Paint it on some trees, kick back and relax, then check back in the evening with your flashlight to see the multitude of moths you’re sure to attract.”

 The next time you are outside and see the moths gathered by your porch light or clinging to your screen door, think about some of the fun facts you’ve learned here.  🙂

 

 

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CURMUDGEONS DAY

TL 1-29 CURMUDGEONS DAY

1-29 MAKE A CURMUDGEON LAUGH

In this day of high prices, high taxes, high debt worldwide and in our own country, it is such a temptation to have a bad attitude.  If one was given to such moods, cynical and sour, today would be the day to show it.  But that would be taking the easy way out.  We don’t do that here on the blog, do we?

Is it possible to celebrate CURMUDGEONS DAY without being grumpy yourself?  Well, of course you can.  I want to challenge you to make a curmudgeon laugh!  It may be the largest challenge you’ve received all month, but I have faith that you can do it.  I see you scratching your head and saying, “Linda, you must be crazy!  You want me to go out and FIND a grouchy curmudgeon and make him / her laugh?”  YES – that’s what I’m asking you to do!

This day is not like Hermit Day when we stay inside all day and do nothing.  There’s a great big world out there and it is, unfortunately, filled with curmudgeons who need to snap out of it!

A self-proclaimed curmudgeon, Charles Murray, wrote a book called “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead” for young people just getting started in the workplace.  I would recommend it to every young person who wants to get ahead in the business world.  Mr. Murray said the book started out as a way to “vent” about the mannerisms of millennials (I understand completely). 

I enjoyed LIKE watching this LIKE presentation he gave and LIKE hope you like it too… LIKE.  I quite literally rolled out of my chair when I heard him describe vocabulary with the overuse of the word LIKE as a LIKE TIC.  LOL!!!

It is not a day to excuse bad behavior and become grumpy yourself – no, but nice try.  If you are a grouch, it is not something to be proud of, but a mood that needs to be overcome.  We won’t be celebrating grumpiness on the blog today, but we will be the ones who go about spreading sunshine and the love of Christ to those who are downcast for whatever reason.

Have you ever crossed paths with a curmudgeon who seemed determined to frown back at you no matter what?  Don’t be discouraged – just keep smiling.  Whether they want to admit it or not, your smile is probably the best thing they could possibly receive.  Don’t give up!

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  – Author Unknown

If you are not typically a negative person, you could play a little trick on your family.  You could purposefully act grouchy around your loved ones – but make sure when you’re finished they know you were just joking!

 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  – Proverbs 17:22

Wouldn’t today be a great day to sit around the table with your family and make a list of blessings?  Appreciate your life and talk about why you really should not be grouchy and grumpy and difficult to live with.

If you belong to God, you are blessed and have no reason to be anything but happy and appreciative and smiling.  🙂

LIFE ON THE FARM

TL LIFE ON THE FARM

 

I have enjoyed writing poetry using the pen name THE PRAIRIE LADY. The name came about as a joke, really. I was chatting on facebook with my friend, Lucinda Berry Hill (author of “Coffee with Jesus”) and we were discussing the regions we come from. I mentioned that I was a Jayhawker, which means I was born and raised in Kansas. One thing led to another and suddenly I was dubbed THE PRAIRIE LADY.

They say a person should write about what they know, which makes sense because that is the writing that flows and comes most naturally. Anything you try to write with little or no knowledge under your belt will feel “forced” when it’s read. I have a college degree in KANSAS and a lifetime of experience, having lived on the prairie my whole life. I embrace the simplicity and contentment this part of America exudes. We almost pride ourselves on being in touch with nature (ask anyone who has lived through an F-5 tornado).

The nicest comment was posted on facebook shortly after I shared this poem. It said:

“Your poetry is so beautiful as well as accurate.”

I thought that was simply wonderful and appreciate that assessment of it!

My grandpa Frank and granny LaVella had a working farm. I learned everything I needed to know about life at the farm. The early bird gets the chores done earlier and gets to do other things earlier. I don’t know about getting the worm, but this bird did learn that a good stiff cup of coffee helps just before you go out to get started on farm chores. That is especially true in the wintertime. There’s an old saying:

EVERY MILE IS TWO IN WINTER
I learned that if you want something bad enough, you have to be willing to work hard and get plenty of rest at night. Believe me, on the farm you have no trouble sleeping at night. You’re so tired, when your head hits the pillow – boom – you’re out!

It is my hope to eventually publish a book of poetry one day. I’d like to call it THE PRAIRIE LADY’S BOOK OF POETRY. Well, it’s a start, but it will take more than just a title to make it a reality. It will take hard work, but don’t worry… I’m a farm girl and I know how to work hard to accomplish a goal.

There’s no room for manicured nails here… lol. 🙂

TOWEL DAY

TL 5-25 TOWEL DAY

5-25 THE TOWEL (USED 5-25-13)
Towels are not just for showers anymore. Nope. Turns out they have many handy uses and we should never be caught without one, according to author Douglas Adams. I could easily make a list of 100 uses for a towel, but I won’t. I’ll save that treat for another post. I’m sure you’re thrilled.

If you are a Sci-fi fan and have read any books written by Douglas Adams (1952-2001), then I don’t have to tell you what today is, do I??? But for the rest of you – today is TOWEL DAY, the day we celebrate the man and his genius.

He wrote such great adventure books and created word pictures that put you in the middle of things. I like “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. There’s one particular quote from it that I enjoy:

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

That is one quote that I carry with me to use when I’m having an exceptionally bad day. Then I shrug my shoulders and convince myself that I’m not really having a bad day because my reality is not real anyway.

The book we get “Towel Day” from is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which an observation is made about the need a hitchhiker carrying a towel along if something needs to be created make-shift, such as a sail for a ship or in my case, roll it up to make a sort of pillow. So if you see people walking around with towels today and you know they aren’t going to the beach, you will be in on the story. But since reality is frequently inaccurate, maybe you don’t really see people carrying towels after all.

Hmm…

Well – enjoy your reality today. Pick up a Douglas Adams book if you have never read one.