Monday, September 16, 2013

ATTACK OF THE...

OK, this weekend, I didn't have to mow much because it's almost all crispy, but there was an area I missed last time when I ran out of gas.  So I'm mowing along, sort of in the zone, listening to my iPod, kind of daydreaming, when something drops out of the tree that I'm mowing under, hits my arm and startles me.  I looked down and saw this...


...the one that fell on me hit the ground and sort of rolled.  I looked around  and they were everywhere, all around me.  In the dappled sunlight and moving shadows, I SWEAR I saw them move, and in that moment, my life briefly flashed before my eyes.  Some sort of giant worm or leech or something crawling, certainly with teeth, was about to cover the mower and me!  I was suddenly trapped in a bad 1950's movie with a certain horrible death just around the corner...


Well, turns out it was nothing so terrifying, it was just my imagination playing tricks on me.  They were actually the dried seed pods of the Huisache tree that had apparently fallen off while I mowed under it!

But come on, it's not just me, they DO look like some sort of creepy crawly don't they?  Right?  Right?

Huisache Seed Pods
Riiiiight...


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    1. See! I knew it wasn't just me!! Ha.

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    1. I thought they were snakes (typed it right this time)! I'd have been spooked too!

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    2. Yep, baby snakes, everywhere! LOL!

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  3. They grossed me out! I thought they looked like eels :-)

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    1. Oh yeah, eels, ugh, those things are gross too. Never a dull moment huh?

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  4. My thought was dead blackened maggots. Ick.

    Since coming to your blog from the original Huisache tree post, I have collected seeds and now have 4-6 little huisache seedlings of my own. If you nick the seed coat they sprout in 4-5 days. Amazingly fast!

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    1. Wow! I'm glad THAT didn't flash through my mind, LOL!

      Yay, you have huisache seedlings growing? That's too cool! Thank you for the tip, I will have to maybe try some of our own to plant elsewhere on the property. We have lots of mesquite but I wouldn't mind a few more of these, they are just different enough to want a few more scattered around.

      Thanks for stopping by and coming back! :-)

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  5. So tell us the truth...did you scream? I would have :)

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    1. Umm, yeah, er, no, um, let's just say I was 'startled'. :-)

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  6. Yes, the do look like creepies !

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    1. Thank you, I knew it wasn't just me LOL!

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  7. OMG! I got the creepy crawlies just looking at that and it took me 3 tries to just read through the post!!! (shudder)

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    1. Sorry! In person it was even creepier. In retrospect, funny, but as it happened, a little unnerving.

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  8. I would have screamed too. . . and run - fast - with lots of hand movements

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    1. I was on the mower so for a second I felt like I had the upper hand, ha. I could mow over anything that might get me. In theory anyway, ha.

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  9. oh, that made me laugh! :)

    thank you SO much for your kind comment regarding my niece and her efforts to help the animals. it really meant a lot. bless you!

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    1. We can always use a smile or a laugh. And no problem on the comment, your daughter is awesome in what she is doing and that means you raised her well so kudos to you too!

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  10. 1st Man,

    You made me laugh this evening!!!! They look like seeds to me my friend.

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    1. Dang, a vote for seeds. I was sure they looked just like some vile creature. You SURE they didn't look creepy even for a second? Ha.

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  11. Yes, first glance at the picture gave me the willies! I don't like worms or leeches, and that was my first thought. Glad it wasn't!

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  12. hahaha... they DO look kinda creepy!

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