Category Archives: Gardening

Maryland wildlife

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We were doing school at the dining room table when Grace screeched and pointed to our window.  Thankfully this slow-moving giant bug was on the outside.  Eeeewww!  We found out it’s called a Wheel Bug and is one of the largest insects in North America.  I guess its presence is indicative of a healthy ecosystem and it’s considered a helpful insect like ladybugs because it eats destructive insects.

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We’ve seen these vines and berries in our neighborhood several times.  They are the most unusual berries I’ve ever seen.  Turquoise, deep blue and lavender.  Anyone know what they are?

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In One Month

tuckerlaneOne month from today, George will be done with boards, we will have made our cross-country trek, will hopefully be somewhat unpacked and will be going to sleep in our HOUSE!  We’ve been in the same apartment in a beautiful Chicago neighborhood for the past five years.  It’s a lovely place with lots of sunshine, a big kitchen, three small bedrooms and a tiny front and back yard.  We’ve loved this apartment but are super excited to be able to rent a house with a beautiful big yard and will no longer have to worry about the kids being too loud for our neighbors downstairs. (it’s a lot harder than you think…and I don’t know that we did such a great job being quiet…but we tried!)

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Top: Our new rental house front yard; Bottom: Our new backyard, complete with a “zee-bo and a ham-hock” as Clara says.