Bonfire 2022

Friday, September 9, 2022, will be homecoming at Muleshoe High School. For the past week, and maybe a few days more, we have  watched a steady progression of city dump trucks rumble past our house full of branches, tree trunks, and occasional pieces of lumber...

The Praying Mantis Claims this Bush as Its Home

As I was watering the rock rose the other day, Pavonia lasiopetala, something moved in the bush. Imagine my surprise, and delight, to see I was being frowned upon by an indignant praying mantis who didn’t appreciate me disturbing his home! Praying mantis are in the...

Don’t Bring that Prickly Pear in the House!

I received an email from a magazine with an article about using certain succulents for house plants. From the beginning I questioned most of the choices, and eventually the article suggested prickly pear as a house plant. Whaaaat? Are they serious? That’s a terrible...