Saturday, September 6, 2008

Horn Worm

Had trouble getting to sleep last night but got at least 9 hours in regardless. After my usual morning ritual, I jumped right in to pouring the next level of rammed earth on my battery house. Started off my fetching another wheel barrow load of clay and another of sand. Only took 3 hours to do this next section. 102 degrees outside by the time I finished.
Took a short break then headed over to Chucks to get 30 cinder blocks. On the way back from this trip I saw my burro buddy with the longhorns and tossed him some carrots. Hope he gets the idea that I'm his buddy. Unloaded the blocks and stacked them,then decided to go ahead and get another load. Finished stacking the second trip by 4:30 PM. Been in need of a shower for the last couple of days so indulged myself. Perfect temperature water and no breeze to chill me out. Nothing like taking a shower in the great outdoors - especially when you really need one.

The last time I got some drinking water at H2O to Go, I met a long time local named George. I could tell he was a native by the requisite number of missing and bad teeth that he had. What ever happened to good oral hygiene anyway? George and I got to talking about gardens and he told me about the horn worm....starts off really small then before you know it - a giant worm with a horn is eating up you whole plant. After my shower tonight I just happened to notice that I now had 3 big horn worms of my own feeding off one of my tomato plants. Nice to know ahead of time what's going on instead of having to ask someone after the fact. The horn is actually on his ass end - the head is near my thumb and it has 10 little legs up front. A very handsome worm I must say, but from what I have read about them - I must have more little ones feeding on my plants. They start out being only about the size of the horn. Lots of eyeball patterns on the body to confuse predators. I reckon the rest of the appendages are suckers to hold on. I relocated them far away from my plant. Will be on the lookout for more as they grow.




2 comments:

John Baxter said...

Mash them and look for eggs! You know this by now though, lol Who was that sang Texas time travelling machine...James earl or something...heard it when I lived in Katy many moons ago

tejas said...

Cory Morrow:
Well close your eyes and dream with me
I'm goin on a trip through history
I wanna see some sights today
Yeah we'll go back when time was young
And you learned the trigger of a gun
Or you'd be six feet on your way

When the mountains closed the valley side
And rivers held the miners pride
It was the year of forty-nine
Well those days are now gone and dead
And I wish that I could see the lead
Flying from the cowboys iron

Chorus
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna be there, breathe the air and see all I can see
In my Texas time travelin' machine

The day goes on, the sun beats down
It bakes your skin to golden brown
Now your feelin like a king
We'll pull off along side the road
And see the land ol Jesse owned
And all the times he spent with me

Then along the skyline of the trees
We'll skinny dip within the stream
And we'll flash the passing cars
Then we'll jump into our Cadillac
The tracks of time will take us back
Back to the land off so far

Chorus
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna be there, breathe the air and see all I can see
In my Texas time travelin' machine

You've got to take a look around
And see this land before it drowns
Underneath the city streets
Geronimo he said it best
This is my land I will not rest
Until I'm dead or it's been freed

Chorus
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna go time travelin' through Texas you and me
I wanna be there, breathe the air and see all I can see
In my Texas time travelin' machine