Bugs or Insects

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Not too many people are fond of bugs.

When I say bugs, I mean all forms or names they are given, regardless of how many legs that may identify them and put them into some other category.

I do realize that all forms are important to the balance of nature but when it comes to people there isn’t anyone who likes to be bitten by a mosquito or being awaken in the nite. Tiny as they are they do make a very loud buzzing sound. Try as you may they are almost impossible to find. Turn on the lite, they are gone, smack at them you miss or even try to whack them with your pillow…not going to get it. You have to lie there wide awake, lite on, not moving and expose your arm hoping it will come to give you a bite. Then hopefully you can get it, your nites sleep wrecked.

At least the mosquito is small and manageable in the house. But they also carry an incredible number of diseases. Spread thru a simple bite, they cause such harm to so many.

Have you ever been on a picnic without ants wanting to share your lunch? At least they are tiny and easily distracted or removed. They are fascinating little things though, extremely hard working as a team. They can carry or drag things way heavier than they are. Interesting to watch when the whole colony seems to be on the move following each other in particular path.

One other amazing insect is the bee. We have to have the bee!! For some reason they are disappearing causing concern. We think of the bee and honey at first but these smart and organized colonies pollinate all day, taking it back home to their hive. If you are not fully aware of how clever they are, you will be amazed from the worker bee to the drone and of course the Queen Bee.

Some of them are so beautiful like a butterfly, so many varieties with such precise markings, the ladybug, even the very interesting preying mantis.

Spiders, are a completely different story at least for me. I will catch any spider under a container and take it outside.

I went on a trail walk at nite once and the tour guide pointed out that the glowing things we saw in the various trees were spider eyes!! Always wondered if that was true or if he was just scaring us. It did make me stay in the centre of the path though. Had been on the same trail during the day and there were pictures of the biggest spiders in that area the size of your hand.

Had a picture from someone today that made me think about this. It was from Australia. A Redback Spider..poisonous but at least big enough to see if you keep a sharp eye out. Mostly found outside but do manage to get indoors also.

Speaking of Australia they have a lot dangerous things wandering about, 10 of the most poisonous snakes, Funnel web spiders that like to hide under the toilet seat or in your pool perhaps that do give a deadly bite. Also being a warm Country there are cockroaches that are way to big for me. Never had a cockroach and seeing one of these inside was more than I needed. As big as they are, bigger ones live in other countries.

Again all these things are on Earth for a reason. No problem, just stay out of the house!!!

We can choose to stay out of the Ocean where sharks, jellyfish etc are but have no choices with the little creepy crawlers.

Some Countries have huge insects. Watching TV reality shows and seeing the large things contestants eat, as wherever they are, is a natural treat for residents of a particular Country.

Makes you stop and think about the fascinating World we live in. Depending on where you live or grew up it is what is normal to you, so although they may annoy you, you accept the fact that it is the bugs land, too. We all live on this interesting planet, it belongs to all of us.

For me, the smaller and less of them suits me just fine. The cold winter and snowy months gives you a break from them for a few months. They have not disappeared but are doing whatever bugs do before they come back the following Spring and they are all back to annoy you.

How do you feel? Or is it just me?

Memories

IMG_0373Memories. The moment you hear the word, suddenly so many things come to mind. Then when you start to think about “memories” your thoughts can go into so many directions.

Depending on how old you may be, family circumstances and whether they are happy ones does bring up the first response to your mind.

If you had a happy childhood then perhaps you are remembering yourself as as small child going to school on your first day, meeting a friend that you still keep in touch with, thinking how much you do as your parents did or maybe your grandparents, how they spoiled you. It IS the thing grandparents can be really good at!

They are a part of you and those memories should be cherished. Today people spend hours & sometimes a fair amount of money tracking down relatives online to find their heritage. Some of the results are amazing taking you to places you never imagined.

Maybe it makes you think about your own children, the day they were born, accomplishments however small that put a smile on your face.

Perhaps you have lost someone you loved dearly and are dealing with that grief. Again the happy memories will help you thru even if it sometimes may bring a tear.

One idea that can help is writing down all the fun things you did together or remember about them. It may even put a smile on your face. It will not take away that feeling of loss or grief but will definitely help you. Ask friends and family if they can send you some of their memories of that person.

So everything helps whether dealing with loss, having a chuckle about the silly things you have done or being able to share these thoughts with others, maybe you thank goodness for memories.

You actually are busy making your memories for others to remember you by.

As things come to mind on any given day, jot them down and start a file on your computer or even an old fashioned file where you have printed out those and filed them. As long as they are not left tucked away in your mind only, share all the moments.

City or Country Life

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Which one are you?

We are all so different which makes us all that much more interesting.

Funny but there are two basic sides we are all on in any given situation. It does not matter what topic, but for this blog I am referring to City or Country preferences

City lovers enjoy the vibrant activities, the action, choices of close by entertainment, and dining in fine restaurants etc. They love the amazing skyscrapers, no travelling long distances to work or entertainment. They love the views from the top of the buildings.
Personally I think that is great…. if you are that type of person.

On the other hand, the Country lover would far prefer to be a long way away from the City, going there only when there is no choice as in having appointment or taking in a concert or play that the family really wants to see. Once a year is more than enough.
No one is right or wrong. It is what is right for that person.

For me there is no doubt. The view in the forest far outweighs that of a towering building. Give me trees, gardens, flowers, trails to walk, the sounds of the crickets or frogs at night. The beautiful smell of nature each different season.
Walking through a forest of tall trees and hearing the little animals scurrying about, the squirrels, chipmunks during the day and at nite the sounds of the nocturnal creatures like raccoons, porcupines and skunks. Perhaps something a little larger depending on where you are. If camping in that environment it could be fox, or perhaps even a bear. I have camped with all of them.

Having a home even in the suburbs allowing you to perhaps have a garden and grow your own veggies is relaxing and enjoyable. The smell of freshly cut grass it awesome.

The City lover could think of nothing they would less like to do. For the most part these are very busy professional people who have to be in the City all the time for work, have adapted to and come to love City life. For them a weekend in the Country is all they need occasionally.

When you think about it, both love a jungle, one of trees, the other of skyscrapers.

For me it is all about Country but that does not make me right. It is what is right for you and what you enjoy.

Which do you prefer? Something to ponder.

Nite Owl or Daytime Person

IMG_0346Nite Owl or Daytime Person
Which one are you?

Many of us have jobs, kids in school, and a variety of things that just have to be done during the day. The farmer certainly is not out there at night looking after his animals or planting in the dark. But they do harvest at night when necessary.

Having said that, it does not make all these people a Daytime person, just doing what they have to do when the time is relevant.

The Nite Owl just loves working and enjoying all the things that are going on after 5:00pm. They love to stay up late so enjoy working a nite shift, having late dinners, and watching all their favorite TV programs that they can stream later. The needs of the day are done, kids asleep, no phone calls, it is your time.

What is right? There is no right or wrong. Research has proven that we have a
built in clock that makes us who we are. There are schools, now, that have come to realize that all children should not be starting school quite so early. Personally I am a firm believer in that. You cannot change who you are anymore than a leopard can change its spots!

There is one huge problem though that Daytime people do not understand. For them it can seem that if you get up at noon or a bit later, then you are lazy. They have been at work or doing their thing for 5 or so hours and cannot figure out how someone could be in bed. It may never cross their mind that perhaps you went to bed just before they got up.

It is very hard to be a Nite Owl in a daytime World. The thing is, though, that they do what they have to if commitments are daytime related. There is no choice. What happens to Nite Owls is, regardless of how early they had to be up and at it during the day, their most unnatural time, come nite time they wake up making for a very long day.

The Daytime person will just tell them to go to bed earlier. It does not work that way. Your body clock is not ready for sleep. You will toss and turn, no sleep whatsoever unless a short catnap, making it very hard to get up for your daytime job the following morning.
Where the Nite Owl can adapt, even at hardship to their biological clock, the Daytime person is programmed to the normal sun up and sun down time. The Daytime person will crawl into bed almost as soon as the kids are tucked in.

No one is right or wrong. What is it right for you? You are the only one who counts. Just know, people may never quite understand you, try as you may to explain it.

So be yourself regardless of criticizms. Your friends or relatives will understand that that is who YOU are, even if they do not quite “get it”.

I totally understand as I am the ultimate Nite Owl, I have been since I was a wee child.