This Is A Commercial I Watch

Yup, call me crazy, but some commercials on TV can be a joy to watch. One that I still watch every time is from Subaru. It came out at least a year ago, maybe more, but it still gives me a chuckle. The little boy is perfect for the role, and the scenarios they show are spot-on for modern life. If I’ve recorded a show and I’m zipping past the ads, I have stopped to watch this one if it popped up. Great job, ad agency!

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Aromatic Assault

See this plant? Stay away!

See this plant? Stay away!

Ugh. I thought society garlic had a bad smell, but I recently found some sort of flowering bush that rivals it. Although the scent of the white blossoms are a completely different type of stink than society garlic. I’m not sure how to describe it — perhaps sickly sweet? Whatever this plant is, and I can’t figure out what, it is certainly another plant to steer clear of — at least without a gas mask! If anyone knows what this thing is, I’d love to know, too.

Cloud Watching

Do you see the rabbit?

Do you see the rabbit?

When you look up on a day with puffy, white clouds, well, you are bound to see some shapes in those clouds. I really like puffy, white cloud days. We don’t get them that often. I see a lop-eared rabbit looking to the right in this photo. The rabbit is the cloud at the bottom of the photo. It seems like maybe he is about to sniff the palm tree. The way clouds move, though, you have to take a photo to capture any shapes you might see! These seem to be cumulus clouds. For more about cloud classification, check out the NOAA website.

Hypnotic Eyes

The eyes of a cat!

The eyes of a cat!

Be it a cat, dog, iguana or some other pet, the amazing companions that share our lives all seem to have the ability to stare and stare and stare — creating a hypnotic effect — even fish! Sometimes I stare back. I know this might be construed as a hostile action by some species, but every pet I’ve tried it on seems to react well. I had an iguana as a child, and we had some epic staring contests. This cat isn’t mine, but I was pet sitting and was lucky enough to capture this shot. No, we weren’t doing a staring contest, but aren’t her eyes gorgeous? Cat eyes are particularly interesting because of the vertical pupil.
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A Plant That Makes Me Gag

This is Tulbaghia violacea. Be glad you can't smell it!

This is Tulbaghia violacea. Be glad you can’t smell it!

I can smell it from about 10 feet away. If ever I’m outdoors walking or driving and suddenly it feels like the oxygen has “disappeared,” society garlic is bound to be nearby. I’ve read up on this plant. Although it’s in the garlic family, it’s not truly garlic. However, some websites comment that the aroma is like garlic. I don’t think it smells anything like garlic. I don’t know how to describe the odor, except that it seems to suck away oxygen. It’s truly awful! Deer and rabbits mostly don’t seem to like it either, and I applaud their good taste. Lovely to look at, but disgusting to smell. Ick! How it got its name seems to be up for debate, also whether or not you can eat it. The Garlic Central website advises not eating it and that the name comes from the odor and an ability to prevent bad breath, but the Eat The Weeds website says parts of it can be eaten and the name comes from it being a more polite spice.

Wild Lizards In The Yard

What's a lizard to do on a sunny day but sun itself?

What’s a lizard to do on a sunny day but sun itself?

When walking out our front door in spring and summer, many times there’s a rustle along the ground or something that darts across the sidewalk. We are lucky enough to have several lizards living around the house. I’ve been trying to capture one in a photo, and I think I finally got a halfway decent shot. I’m sure the lizards have wondered why the “giant” appears, freezes and then bends to shove a rectangle as close as possible to them! Anyway, after watching them for a few weeks and seeing some with bright blue metallic bellies and necks, I think the little scooters darting about our yard must be western fence lizards. And, lizards being lizards, in addition to catching them racing around or sunning themselves, we also get to see them do those crazy lizard push-ups, which apparently communicate their fitness to rivals, or even to us!

Vacuums And Bugs: The Debate Rages On

Sucked up by a vacuum? No problem for this bug!

Sucked up by a vacuum? No problem for this bug!

No! Today I had one of my worst fears mostly confirmed. It seems that vacuuming up a bug does not necessarily kill it. I previously mentioned my dislike of spiders (OK, rampant fear is more accurate). For the past few years my preferred method of disposal after finding one in the house is to grab a vacuum as quickly as possible. I even bought a handheld vacuum to improve the speed of action. But I always wondered whether or not the spiders might secretly be living on inside the vacuum. With the upright vacuum that uses a paper bag, there was never a way to check on the status of a spider or bug after suction. My handheld has a clear, plastic container, but it usually has quite a bit of dust inside to obscure the view. Today, it just so happened that the handheld was mostly clean inside and a bug was on the ceiling. After a quick “vroom,” the bug was gone. I then peered inside and saw the bug crawling around. Certainly it was dusty, but otherwise it seemed fine. Does this mean all those spiders and bugs from the past just crawled back out of the vacuum when it was stored back in the closet? Ugh. Oh, ugh! I have checked around on the internet about this question. After reading affirmations that bugs are indeed killed by vacuuming (one even a scientific study) and also that certain death is in question, I can only conclude that there is no answer that applies to all situations. It’s likely that life or death depends on the type of bug, the type of vacuum and who knows how many other variables.

Admire The Flowers

Flowers are admired by more than just bees!

Flowers are admired by more than just bees!

Most people have heard the old adage that they should stop and smell the flowers, which can be taken literally or figuratively. I opt for both. But I actually stop to admire flowers more than anything else. I’m not a big sniffer! Here are three flowers I recently spotted in our area. I have no clue what they are beyond being pretty. I’m lucky enough to live in an area with lots of flowers around, so no matter the season, there’s usually something to catch the eye. I like all of these. The white is wavy, the yellow/orange is weirdly fuzzy and the fuscia is just so darn colorful! With all the variety around though, this area doesn’t have everything. When I was young I lived in a different house and it had a lilac bush. That bush fascinated me. Lilacs have always been a favorite of mine because of that. I haven’t seen lilacs since moving to a different area of the country. And, according to this Q&A at the Grumpy Gardener, I won’t be seeing them in this area because the winter is not long or cold enough. We’re just in the wrong hardiness zone for lilacs. Do you have a favorite flower you don’t see anymore?

Another Fun Video

What can ferrets get into? Everything!

What can ferrets get into? Everything!

This is another favorite video of mine that I found on YouTube. Yes, I am a fan of ferrets. I’ve never had one as a pet, but they seem like they would be pretty awesome. This video captures the mischievous nature of these cute pets. It also shows off the talents of quite the budding film directors. I would not be surprised to see James Coffman or Jason Pollard’s names on the credits of some future films. Way to go, guys!