Friday, September 25, 2009

Stinkbugs and lollipops

From scary dreams to pixie cuts and reminiscing about the good old days, I love reading your answers to the questions I pose here once a week. Some of them make me laugh out loud, and some are so sweet. Thanks again for playing along.

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Today was another lazy day after work and there was no walking of any kind going on by me. I was tired, which is a bad excuse, and just wanted to sit on the little back porch with the tea my husband brought me, and the Ocracoke Island Vacation Rental catalogue.

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Today, my husband served me tea in my second favorite cup, which is this one. I got it at Starbucks several years ago.

Also today, my husband killed a whole bunch of those ugly stink bug things that were hanging out in one of the curtains in the living room. He left them there, he told me, as a warning to the other bugs.

After I realized he was kidding, it really made me laugh.

And then the cat started playing with them.

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Today on PW’s photography site, Miz Booshay issued a Fall Landscape Bokeh Assignment. I submitted the photo above, as well as the one below.

Bokeh is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh and it refers to that lovely out-of-focus light and all the different shapes and colors you see in the background of photos taken with a digital camera. It is created by light and and the glass in your lens and distance and wind and focus. It's a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

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I called this one grape leaves with border collie bokeh.

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I found this caterpillar while having my tea this afternoon. Can you see how it’s changed colors already? You can still see some green on its side, but that will change soon. Some people think that the more black the wooly worm has, the more harsh the winter will be.

On another note, Survivor is making me mad. Ben’s an ass, Russell continues to be the devil incarnate and Betsy, the police officer, gets voted out. Gah!

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

Oh, and the post title? Well, I’m all out of lollipops.

26 comments:

barbara said...

Hi, your photos are lovely. I'll be hosting a "color week" on my blog and thought you might be interested if you have time. It's a lot of fun. Feel free to check out my blog or email me for more details.

http://bnogginbloggin.blogspot.com/2009/09/fall-color-kickoff.html

Barb

Rita @ Goodwill Haunting said...

Love the pictures and I learned something new: bokeh

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Everything I saw and read in this post was lollipops. It was the stinkbugs that were missing.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

(And that's as good thing, just want to clarify.)

Lone Star Queen said...

Love the catepillar picture! It looks like he has changed to his fall wardrobe!

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Caterpillar are bad for hands but is good to watch - This I realize while watching colors.
Thanks.

TSannie said...

I don't think I know what a stinkbug looks like. Angie has had an infestation as well.
No lollipops here either...what's up with that??

Mary said...

I've been killing stinkbugs too. Yuck! Love your bokeh shots, especially the first one. Beautiful!

Mental P Mama said...

What is it with all the stinkbugs? Everybody's talking about them....and, beautiful pics. As always;)

Daryl said...

Was it Foolery or Meg who mentioned stinkbugs yesterday ... another delight I am happy not to experience.

Living on the Spit said...

My Nana use to say the same thing about those wooly worms...funny how those memories came rushing back.

Love your photos...always.

Have a wonderul weekend!

I have a deep love affair with Ocracoke.

Deb said...

I will have to show this caterpillar to Jack. We are doing animal flash cards and working on the caterpillar now! Of course, he has puppy and kitty cat down pat!

Char said...

:) mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tea

sounds like a great evening (and great shots too)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

LOVE those OXB, Outer Banks...used to love camping there during hurricane season...so wild and untamed. Of course that was in much younger days and thought I'd live forever -smile-.
We're at Sunset Beach for the next while and enjoying ourselves. No highrises, not much traffic...at least compared to summer...and Much Wonderful she-crab soup!

Snappy Di said...

Nice choice in header photo! Looks like maybe it's just a touch cooler up your way than here in Roanoke, VA. I STILL miss living in Maryland and probably always will.

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

Farmchick said...

Love the first bokeh photograph.

JFKlaver said...

That caterpillar is like magic!

Arlene said...

What a great bunch of pics you have!! As far as "stinkbugs and lollipops" I had to laugh at that title! Thank you so much for that laugh! Kep them coming!!! And btw that cup is neat!

Annie said...

Thankyou Kate for taking the time to visit my dust storm photos.

Another dust storm arrived last night, just on dusk! It has gone this morning. We have been given 9 days of being able to use the water (semi freely) to wash down cars houses etc. I say semi freely, as we are still on harsh water restrictions here after our long drought..indeed we haven't had rain here for 3 months now...and it is oh so dry!

Hope all is well here at your place.

Sue said...

Stink bugs are the worst...daughter has them all over her house in Jersey...the baby loves to run and get a paper towel then bring her mother over to kill them.....

beth said...

thanks for making me smile and laugh with this post...it was just what I needed !

Amy said...

Hey Kate, thanks for the Japanese lesson- I have a house full of Japanese right now (hence the quietness on my blog for the moment) who are picking up their pup, and only one speaks English (out of three) so everyone is smiling and nodding their heads a lot...it's.....interesting and entertaining at the same time!! hahaha, aww, I'm just playing around...they are very nice ladies..communication is flowing..so it's all good! Love the shots as usual and sorry I didn't play along on your questions this week but I'll catch ya next week! Have a great Sunday!

noble pig said...

Oh it was all good until you spilled who got voted out....still haven't watched it on my DVR.

Egghead said...

I hate stink bugs and I want a lollipop. Might I be Shirley Temple?

Donna Boucher said...

All of your photography is beautiful!!! Love those bokeh shots....but the sky over your amazing house....wow!!

Oliag said...

I just discovered this week in photography class that I've been pronouncing bokeh wrong for a long time! My camera just doesn't get this lovely bokeh no matter what I do...these landscape pics wiht bokeh are lovely!