Last weekend we drove a long way out to buy a Sears freezer on sale. After getting it loaded up we stopped for lunch. When we got back in the truck was dead. New batteries, too. So we got a jump from the restaurant owner. But then I smelled smoke and we stopped. The jumper cables were hot and something was burning. So we called roadside assistance. It was going to take 3 hours! So we called around and found a guy 20 minutes out. He got our truck loaded and off back home. We dropped our truck off at our local hometown repair guy. Turns out it was the starter. They just die on the Ford 350's. This is the 2nd one since we bought this truck used. Other than that it has been a great farm work truck.
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.