This morning my husband took a nap after pulling an all nighter for a work deadline.The house was quiet as I got chores done. But a rumble sounded and a truck arrived with a trailer to haul away our old propane gas tank. Our tank had leaked out and was no longer usable. So our gas company came to remove it at our request. We had a 100 gallon temporary tank leaning on the old tank The man took notice of it but hit it anyway. He was reckless and almost severed our gas line to the house. I stood back and watched. My two dogs did the same. There was a lot of tugging and tanks clanging and digging bar was used. The driver was at least kind enough to set some new footers and told us how to t-post in our small tank. So much fun to set post in the frozen ground.
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.