Favorite Minion and I have always liked to add a little spice to certain dishes, either to add a little flavor or maybe even a little kick.  There are a lot of things out there on the market, like hot sauces that will turn your mouth to and inferno (and let’s not even talk about the other end, although I have heard that Johnny Cash wrote one of his hits, Ring of Fire, the morning after he ate a bunch of hot sauce) to various powders that are usually mostly salt.  So, what’s a guy to do if he just wants some heat and flavor?  Make your own!

Even though I am 51, sometimes the boy in me sometimes comes oozing out.  I have always like all things like bugs, snakes, spiders, and critters in general.  Today, while out watering the trees, I came across this guy, or gal, who knows?  Anyway, I generally see praying mantis around the yard but most are quite small, usually an inch to an inch and a half.  This one is by far the largest have ever seen so I thought that I would share.

In September, the local pears start getting ripe.  I am not sure of the type of pear they are, I have always heard them referred to as a “sand pear”.  Unfortunately, the past winter did not have enough chill to it to produce enough chill in my area to have a good crop, we were rewarded with two pears.  Some years, there will be so many on the tree that the limbs will actually break.  If you are successful at fighting the squirrels, birds, and raccoons, you are rewarded with pounds of delicious ripe pears.  This leads to another problem, what to do with them all before they go bad. 

Every year I have these caterpillars on my citrus trees and i enjoy watching them grow.  They start off as tiny things, less than a quarter of an inch, and resemble bird droppings.  Later in their development, they resemble a snake complete with a faux tongue.  After reading up on them, the bird dropping resemblance is camouflage to help them hide from predators and the snake resemblance is disguise to keep it form being eaten.