Saturday, March 31, 2012

What To Do If An Ootheca Hatches In Your House

I don't know the answer.
I went upstairs for my nightly brown recluse trap check/hunt. Little shadows lined the baseboard and it took a little while to figure it out. They were newly hatched praying mantises!
We have kept egg cases several time in hopes of seeing the babies pop out and haven't gotten to see it.
So now...we have hundreds/thousands of praying mantis babies on the third floor. I am excited to see how cute they are running around. I am also pretty scared since we have kept them as pets before. They are terribly vicious.
Then there is the Brown Recluse problem. Who would win?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Delmar Line

We live north of Delmar and the difference is substantial.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blue Ball Jar

I found this in the creek and just think it is so beautiful.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Battle Of Athens

Thome-Benning (Cannonball) House
Built in 1853, this home has entrance and exit holes of a cannonball in the walls of the kitchen.

Colton Mill
Built in 1858, this building was built to withstand ice and flooding. It has thirty feet of stone foundation topped with four floors, plus attic. The top floor contained the textile manufacturing producing cloth, yarn, and custom rolls of fabric. The lower floors ground grain and the basement held the current driven water wheel.

Union Line Of Defense

This is the site of the northernmost Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River.

The land and buildings were part of the once-thriving town of Athens, Missouri. Located on the Des Moines River, Athens had nearly 50 businesses before the Civil War, including a large mill that produced flour, cornmeal, lumber, cotton, and woolen goods. Today, only a few structures remain.
Col. David Moore occupied the town with his pro-Union forces from July to Oct. 1861. Early on the morning of Aug. 5, pro-southern States Guardsmen, surrounded the town of Athens from the west.
Athens saw a rapid decline after the war, caused by many factors, the greatest being the routing of the railroad. The railroad bridge was constructed several miles down the Des Moines River instead of being built at Athens.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I saw a shooting star tonight in the city. And since i usually only see 3 stars on a clear night, i think it is a beautiful gift. I made a wish.