This is a gross-out week – but I’ll start off tame 🙂
Family at work.
Already a harvest (Granddaddy’s cucumbers).
And I’m not saying any more about Po’s puppies, because I don’t want to get attached – we will not be keeping any of them. But I will introduce the Baby Daddy, I mean PUPPY Daddy.
He is “Bingo” – was our neighbor’s dog, but he decided he likes it here better and he won’t go home. He’s kind of a sweetie.
We have a new
toy tool: a long handled axe. Keeping Kiki away from it is a challenge.
Akka’s using it to open coconuts for the chickens – says it is a real improvement.
Okay – we are going to gently start our slide into the less palatable. More on MOTHS. Austin was dissatisfied with my photo of our nightime moth invasion last week so I gave him my camera.
This was a pretty little moth.
Here was a committee meeting of diverse moths.
And here is a close up of what much of it looked like to me.
As luck would have it, we had flying clusters of moths in the daytime a few days later. The moth clouds did not photograph well, but here they are settled on a branch.
And now to yuckiest photo of the week – I apologize – just giving you a tiny cropped bit of it.
Maggots in a coconut. Turns out this is pretty common. EWW. These were strange because they were blue and green. Anyway, the odd color maggots led to a big discussion of how the flies could get eggs into there … but what wasn’t said, but what I’m thinking is “chicken food with a bonus.” (I’m so glad I’m not a chicken!)
The rest would be FINE – if I could just resist doing a Fiji language lesson.
Kiki had a job pulling a certain kind of weed.
Turns out this weed is called deni vuaka (DEH-nee VWA-ka). Vuaka means “pig”. ok. Deni means “poopoo of”. ok. So deni vuaka means “pig poo” Odd name for a plant, and I asked how it got that name. The answer I got had absolutely NOTHING to do with its name.
“Deni vuaka was my TOOTHBRUSH,” Monica gushed. “When I was a child, we all had to go and pull out a deni vuaka and scrub our teeth with the stem.”
“When we used the deni vuaka with charcoal, our teeth were super white.”
While brushing teeth with plants and charcoal has a wonderful back-to-nature appeal, saying this all with the English name of the plant is just plain yucky.
(I was thinking “roots” and Monica corrected it to “stems” – hence the photo that does not exactly fit the text. oops)
One morning Akka and I were headed out the driveway with Bingo running in front of us. Akka turned to me and said,
“Dad is That Farmer now.”
“There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name.”
Happy week, Everybody.