A friend of mine has been very busy with health of her husband. On their many trips to the hospitals and the VA, I take care of their pets. While waiting for the call of nature for their dogs, I was looking at her many photos and pictures on their walls in her home. It is something I don't do. My husband does not like putting holes in the walls of our house. If I had my choice I would have my walls covered with art that I have collected. Instead, I have stacks of beautifully framed art that sits against walls on the floor, under beds, behind furniture. But my friends have photo stories on all their walls. And this one gave me pause to stop and read it. It is so much their story. Very open and friendly people who are just like you see them, not fake. I laugh at this photo and it makes me smile.
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.