Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Grasshoppers or crickets, but where are the turquise glasses

Crickets-
My son was outside the other night when when he was cooking his dinner. He called out and asked for me to look at the grasskoppers. They moved like crickets though didnt have my glasses on thn. Since usually see crickets at night and grasshoppers in the day, told him pretty sure they're crickets. Still dont have my glasses as misplacd them yesterday evening when on the way home from grocery shopping . Not sure if on the bus or the bus stop. They are a bright shiny turquise frame which helped me find them. My son  suggested we backtrack to bus stop to chck if dropped on the way. He grabbed a flashlight and still no glasses. He suggested looking in the fridge as one time I put them in there (left in a bag of food).
Hopefully they'll show up soon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shoe Making

Have been wanting to make a pair of shoes or maybe just want a comfortable pair and look for years before find some. Am down to 3 pairs (1 had tape to keep the shoe to sole). Bought some of those slipper like shoes that seem so popular now days. Maybe a lot of others are looking for shoes fit. Have collected some internet info where people have done it themselves. Some supplies- old leather purse to use for leather, cork sheet to see if will hold together and be a good cushion, felt have made with some wool, fabric. Just need to start!! Did see someones webpage who used bicycle tire for soling and wonder how to flatten and cut it, how would use old bike innertubes (tried cutting and was like chewing rubber!).
Cork, organic corduroy, linen. could also use old jeans...


Lizards and Skinks

Lizards and Skinks

We have many small and very small lizards by the front and kitchen doors. So cute, when really young, their
head looks so large compared to the rest of body and tail. Each week they are getting larger . A lizard must have layed eggs, wonder where and how long it takes to hatch. Almost always have quite a few lizards. Last spring while sitting out ~10am (thats also when the Swallowtail comes flying through), near an abandoned art project of my sons, turned to look at a sound and there was a beautiful little blue tailed skink. Saw him on the patio once and running on a hose another time. When out front, we moved a stone that borders on next door property and found a flattened one. Maybe somebody was afraid of it for no reason. Feels like they are in our care and maybe can educate people that these little guys help us. (like ladybug larvae that people squish thinking they are a "bad" bug and dont know what they become).

THis is our smallest lizard .

Humming birds talking

Was thinking how sounds can be so important to feeling better or comfort ( or un ).
Hear the squeaky little birds that was told when on an Audubon walk are Anna's Hummingbirds.
Also heard the clicking sounds some Hummers make talking to others. Hear them even through the living room window and realized it cheers me, like I am part of their conversation also.
Hummer sitting , found on a walk ( heard first )(upper left quarter area)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wild edible "weeds" - PURSLANE

Have been finding it along most sidewalks by the curb, purslane, which is edible. Remember if you decide to try sampling any plant growing around, double triple check its id. Recall talking with someone who gave a lift to a hitchhiker who was so excited to share what he found. Wild carrots, but the person who teaches classes in wild edible plants, informed him to wash his hands and toss the stuff as was hemlock, and quite poisonous.
Next, dont eat something on side of road due to toxins from gas,brake dust....  dog feces....
Purslane , if recall what read as a child (checked all the wild edible plant books out of the library ), it could be eaten raw in a salad or cooked, someone had a recipe with bacon for the purslane. It almost is a succulent like plant, on the bland side.
  Purslane heard in last few years also has omega 3 fatty acids, which posibly some people need more of.
Not everyone can access the omega 3's from purslane, (forget if a genetic thing or what ).  Also wonder if in the leaves or seeds. The seeds are like poppy seeds and the plant has quite a few (as can attest to many new little plants in my front yard.
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Prolific  Purslane on the sidewalk 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Magic in the Air - Dancing Butterlies



Believe these Butterflies we saw in a parking lot are Western Swallowtails. Was so surreal and magical watching them fly, able to fly slowly moving their wings.  Found this website on southern California butterflies with information, so many beautiful photos!. -  http://socalbutterflies.com/index.php   
Want to get a better camera, this one is pretty good from the drug store, to bring with. 

There is so much to see, when not in a rush, all around us. 

  
Saw these surreal Swallowtail butterflies while in a parking lot.


Swallowtail butterflies on median in parking lot on Saturday!
Trying to figure how to put an edging to photos on this blog.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little praying mantis

Was sitting on the patio to take a break (from sitting in the house doing computer work), noticed
a butterfly that visits often and stays for hours. A Mourning(morning) Cloak. Noticed some sweet peas flowering (no scent, are perennial ), was going to pick a few flowers to freeze and try to use for fabric dye later (read about that in a book on online). As walking into house noticed a little guy sitting on wrist, praying mantis. Got my son to help me look for anymore as didnt want to freeze them.

Has such character . Kept looking at the camera then at us.
Took a photo and son released it back to pea plant.
So small!