This past Sunday we had very high winds and rain storms. The wind tore off the roof of our city hall and police station. Several trees were blown down on houses, fences, and out buildings. We lost power for a day. Within hours we saw our power company working hard to get the power going again. We are so lucky to have such great linemen out here in the Ozarks. The linemen are kind, hard working and very caring of our town and our people.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.