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Those Horrible Grasshoppers

These horrible-yet-beautiful grasshoppers are eating everything in my mother-in-law’s garden, including her vegetables. Some of them are as big as your hand, I am not kidding.


hungry hoppers



P.S. I’m trying to get to know my little Olympus better, to see if perhaps I don’t need to spring on a new camera for Bolivia. At first I decided to buy and bring an SLR, but the weight of it might kill me. Also, it will basically cry out “Hello! I am expensive! Please steal me!” Then I thought I might buy a new point and shoot, but why would I buy a point and shoot when what I want is an SLR?  So now I’m thinking I might just stick with my Olympus, that way if it gets stolen or if I lose it or drop it off the top of a mountain, I’ll be losing a camera I’ve had for six years instead of something I purchased six weeks before. But I don’t know. What would you do?

And yet I dream of gardens to grow things in

Him: Can you hand me that plant so I can treat it for aphids?

Me: I’ll just get out of your way and you can get it yourself.

Him: Don’t get up! Just hand it to me.

Me: (Deep breath.) Ok.  (Picks up potted plant and …) Kind of freaks me out to touch this.

Him: What?  Why??

Me: Aphids are related to spiders.

Him: I’m pretty sure aphids are six-legged insects.

Me: They spin webs.

Him: Lots of bugs spin webs.  What do you think a chrysalis is?

Me: Psh.  A cocoon.

A little while later…

Me: You were right.  Kind of.  Aphids are six-legged insects, unrelated to spiders, and they do not spin webs. Spider mites spin webs.  OUR PLANTS HAVE SPIDER MITES.  THAT’S LIKE BEDBUGS FOR PLANTS.

Him: … I think you’re being a little over-dramatic.  And the treatment worked.  See?  The plants are fine.

Me: And that’s why you’re my hero.