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Since [livejournal.com profile] frivol is sick of seeing my ear wax story every time she checks for an update, I'm updating again. The thing that freaks me out most about LJ's new userinfo is the way the time of one's last update is shown right at the top of the page for everyone to see and judge. Who needs more GUILT?

Lately I've been at war with elm leaf beetles, picking them by hand from our tree and feeding them to the toilet spiders. We've had a mama brown house spider set up shop behind the toilet door for over a year now; she produced an impressive egg sac a few weeks ago and was looking a bit gaunt as a result, but I'm plumping her up again on beetles. Any beetle that drops from her web goes to the wee daddy-long-legs living below her, but he's rather clumsy and has a bad habit of losing his food. I hope they're enjoying the beetles, because there seems to be an endless supply of the little buggers. I scrape away all the eggs I can find - before they can skeletonise the leaves - but there's always more.

Okay, fandom content: there's a few more hours to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide if you're feeling tempted. (Be warned, sign-up may *take* a few hours, depending how adventurous you're feeling.) I don't think [livejournal.com profile] frivol can be convinced, but it doesn't stop her squeeful updatery on the progress of Spooks (19 requests! 27 volunteers!). That's the raw pulling power of Richard Armitage.

Almost time for silence. The wild red poppies are swaying about in our sun-washed back garden, sending the bees into ecstasies.

Date: 2008-11-11 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigress35.livejournal.com
I know spiders are ultimately good for the environment, but I'm impressed you've shared space with one for so long. I tried that when I was in Australia, since more would come a day after I killed another, and I didn't mind them chilling in the corners but then one built a web behind my bed and I didn't realize it until I found bites over my hands. AND FEET. Crawling in my bed *shudders* That's when I started killing them.

Date: 2008-11-11 12:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] vissy.livejournal.com
I don't want them near my bed either - sometimes huntsmen and white-tails lurk about, and they get tossed outside again. My father's been limping around all week with a massive bite near his heel, and I'm rather expecting it to start necrotising any moment!

Date: 2008-11-11 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frivol.livejournal.com
OMG, is it really true?
19 requests, and 27 volunteers?!

I read today (indirectly) that there WILL be an 8th series. Well, of course there will!

Spiders! Ugh.

I rang Sybil just before 11, and then she had to ring off in a hurry because of the silence thing. I rang her back to apologise for ringing at such a time!

Your poppies and bees sound absolutely divine.

Date: 2008-11-11 11:22 am (UTC)
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19, 28 in the end! But where are the assignments?? I have been waiting since 1pm.

Our bees are very heavily laden this season. As is our stray Siamese.

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