365project Day 80 ~ Nature and Miss Sassy Pants

Just outside my door a spider missing 2 legs, Limpy and a spiny caterpillar, Spiky.

As you all know, if you have followed any of my 365 Photography, I name my bug subjects.

As long as the little nasty things stay outside, I am fine with them.



Here I have a 18 month old Sassy Pants!


365Project Day 70-72 ~ Blooms, Baby and Bugs (well, snail, but snail doesn’t start with a “B”)

My Crepe Myrtle is blooming again.  I thought it was dead, but with all this rain we have been having, it has bloomed up a bit.




Playing in the rain!

IMG_2594edHow many bugs can you see?

365Project Day 62 ~ We Have a Peeping Tom!

Lydia named him Squirrelly.  He was watching her color from the kitchen window.

I didn’t want him to leave, so I shot through the glass.  I am AMAZED how you can’t see how dirty my window was…ok, still is.  I hadn’t cleaned it.   Window washing is not on my ‘favorites list’.  Oh who am I kidding?  Nothing that deals with cleaning is on my favorites list.  Food is on my list…

Yeah. I said it.

When I attended NE4 a couple of weeks ago, I got excited to learn one key point.  That point was YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL!


Leverage and Outsourcing is your key to running a successful business.  To know that I don’t and can’t do it all gave me a huge sigh of relief!

I would like to picture myself as Wonder Woman.  (Actually, she was who I wanted to be when I was a child.  Her cool lasso and her gold bracelets with her kick ass outfit!  I actually had panties and camisole that were just like Wonder Woman’s attire when I was little!  I was that cool!)

Coming back to the grown up version on myself being super woman… I’d be standing in all my glory with the cape flying through the wind, one hand on my one hip and a baby on the other.  Knowing I conquered every task with ease.

 Back to reality…what a great thing to realize you can use the art of outsourcing and leveraging others!

Time is money after all, and when you realize that cleaning your windows aren’t going to make you money, you find someone to do it for you.

I plan on outsourcing many tasks this summer, everything from big domestic projects to also tedious business projects.

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Squirelly is too cute.

365Project Day 51 ~ Sometimes Life Isn’t Pretty

Sometimes life isn’t pretty.

I was going to post the photo of Sophia in all her cuteness, for my photo of the day.  Until…we were heading out the front door to go to school.  Dane spots a scorpion that was squished one day when the door closed on him.   It was trying to get into my house.

Now, I have respect for all living things. I teach my kids to have the same respect.  All creatures serve purposes.  I just don’t really know what purpose scorpions serve.  They’re creepy looking and they are vicious. We don’t kill spiders, we set them free outside.  Chris even catches flies with his bare hands and lets them go outside.  I know we fly our freak flag a lot.


Scorpions are a different story.  No one in this family has ever been stung by one, and God forbid that ever happen.  I’ve heard it’s brutal!  We actually have a scorpion container called ‘The Chamber’.  It’s bleach and water.  When we capture them, they go into The Chamber.  A horrible death, really.  I’ve heard that if you squish a scorpion, you could spray their unborn eggs everywhere.  Wait, maybe that’s a roach.  That being said though, I do not want my kids to experience a sting or my animals.

It is scorpion season, and I actually do not put a top sheet on my bed, just for this reason.  I have my bottom sheet and a down comforter.  When I go to bed a night, I pick that sucker up and check.  I do this with the kids’ beds as well.

It’s time for a call to the pest guys.  I tolerate a lot, but ticks, fleas and scorpions are on my enemy list.

So, without further delay.  Here is Squishy.  No, I didn’t give him a song.  I don’t like him enough to give him a song.


AV mode, f5.6 1/60 ISO 200 28-135mm @ 135mm

365Project Day 49 ~ Knock Knock

I found this little critter the other day, and finally saw him peeking through his front door this morning.


He’s built an impressive web, and I was pleased to hear that Chris mowed around him the other day.

We like spiders…as long as they stay in their element.  I don’t want this guy in my bed, but outside eating bad bugs…power on big, scary and hairy guy!

Manual, f9, 1/40 ISO 320, 70-200mm @ 200mm

He would be more impressive if I had my macro lens, but he is still handsome…in his own right.

365Project Day 32 ~ Jungle Cat

This is Rupee.

Rupee likes to pretend he is a Jungle Cat.

In reality, he is a Scaredy Cat.

He only goes a few feet in our backyard.  If he is outside and the backdoor closes he is practically clawing and chewing his way back in like the Alien clawing out of one’s stomach!


AV Mode f5.6 1/125 ISO 200 75-200mm @ 151mm

My sweet Rupee.