Wow, I have been too busy to do anything productive. Life on the farm is great, but fences always need doing. We have had a mild winter until this week. Snow falls and the cold returns. My hens are broody and trying to hatch. One lone chick hatched in the freezing coop, so it is now inside my house. Have been so busy planning the garden, doing church stuff and visiting friends. My endeavor into sales finding it lacking and was not my forte. Back to what I love, creating and sewing. Now to rearrange my craft room back into the sewing and tack room it was before. New fabrics, new sewing machine and new friends who sew. And my Melon always in the middle of everything.
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.