Last week our contractor, Jeff, came in on his Saturday to work on our wall. He is working full time on another job and we are in between that one. We discovered the 7 boxes of cultured stone we purchased do not cover our 80 square foot wall as promised by the Owens Corning cultured stone distributor we bought from. So we have to order another 4-5 boxes of "Summer" stone to finish our wall. Very frustrating as a consumer who lives in the Ozarks. The product is not accurately represented on their website. Not in how the stone is put up nor the correct sized stones supplied in the boxes. So to fill in all the small holes from stones not provided, we are using local rocks on our property. They have to be picked up and cleaned before Jeff can use them. This takes time which is in short supply for us this time of the year. But the addition of our local small stones gives the wall a more natural look. Our wall is becoming a work of art created by Jeff.
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.