Wednesday, September 24, 2008

dead wren

window casualty - made quite the thud

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I obsess about two leeches found on the bottom of my kayak Sunday.
I draw comfort in thoughts that bears are not common here & are unlikely to walk through my screen doors.
My friends worry that, driving home, I'll strike.
My government wants me to dread foreign terrorists, nuclear weapons & chemical attacks.

Watch List

treefrogs on windows, doors, walls & plants
spring peeper - actually seen!
Eastern box turtle - brilliantly colored strolling after rainstorm
yellow-bellied flycatchers
acraea moth caterpillar
woolly bear caterpillar
hummingbird moths
Eastern tiger swallowtails
Eastern black swallowtails
more Eastern black swallowtail caterpillars
neighbor's pet duck eloping with Canadian geese
swimming otter
compost eating raccoon
2 leeches on kayak bottom
pencil sized brown snake, not venomous
ravenous, territorial & perching ruby throated hummingbirds
(smaller than swallowtails)
barred owls - heard & seen
bald eagle perching
many Carolina wrens
laughing gulls
unrecognzed woodpeckers after storm
duct-taped tuba at the dump
mushrooms - brown, red, white, fresh & rotten

Brooklyn-born woman eats local in New Kent County

We're eating local with global tastes

Admire our reuben sandwiches made on our own home-baked rye bread with locally soaked & smoked corned beef from nearby smokehouse/biker bar.

Sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, half-sour pickles, & pickled tomatoes trucked in from outside our region but, oh, they tasted so perfect.