Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Cicadas!  Apparently, every 17 years, a species of cicadas comes out to eat, shed, grow, mate and die.  This is the 17 year.  These cicadas hatched back in 1996!  They are everywhere!  I grew up with cicadas.  They are part of the summer sights and sounds, but I've NEVER seen so many at once. 

Shells all over the ground in the front yard.

See the shells hanging all over the trees?

They are everywhere!!

I can not take credit for this photo:
Personally, I wouldn't want to get close enough to take this picture.
This is what they look like up close.  They are UGLY!  The cicadas I grew up with were green and white.  These are like Halloween nightmares - black and orange with red eyes.  Thankfully they are pretty stupid bugs (I guess that's what happens when you live underground for 17 years) and they don't bother me too much.  Cicadas are just a part of summer.

Also in bug land, I've started seeing lightning bugs in the fields in parts of the county as I drive from park to park.  Summer is just around the corner when the lightning bugs appear!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ruby Cube is Back!

Ruby Cube's latest episode of "Projects in Your Pajamas" is available for your listening pleasure.

This week she is talking about lawn d├ęcor and what to do when your broken mailbox is beyond repair!

Enjoy y'all!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Writers Block

I've been having writers block for quite a while.  The stories I want to write aren't happening.  I sit down and can't come up with two lines that I like.  It's been like that here at the blog.  I want to write.  I pull up a blank page everyday, but nothing comes to me.  Nothing.  I don't know where my brain is these days, but it's not feeling very creative.

I find it very frustrating.  Usually, if I start to feel this way, I just move on to a different project.  Unfortunately for me, I've been feeling this way for such a very long time now and I move from project to project feeling the same way with each one.  Perhaps I should try something new, but I would really like to finish one thing before starting more.

I don't know what it will take.  The muse is gone.  Hopefully she will return.  Until then, I'm feeling so unlike myself.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

When you just keep moving....

We've lived in so many homes over the years.  I can't find something in this house, even though we've lived here for about 15 months.  I can remember where it was in the house before this one and the one before that, but I can't find it here.

So frustrating.....

Ah well, I'll find it the next time we move.  (NOT anytime soon, thankfully, although I would like to find a few missing items - my bluebirds of happiness, a folder with some old play scripts I used when I did theater as a kid, a particular kitchen utensil.... you know, that stuff.)

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Ruby Cube's newest episode

Hey ya'll, my comedy home improvement podcast has 5 episodes now.  This newest episode is all about projects for the outdoors. 

What do you do with the old jalopy in the yard?  Ruby's got the answer.