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benj1 08-05-2010 08:13 PM

The Groundhog
 
This little intellectual distraction relieved my ennui after a groundhog found me stripping elderberries beside the shed.

There once was a hog of the ground kind
who thought if he nibbled I'd not mind.
He sampled a melon
Just as it was swellin'
And now all that's left is the rind.

dapjwy 08-06-2010 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by benj1 (Post 73695)
This little intellectual distraction relieved my ennui after a groundhog found me stripping elderberries beside the shed.

There once was a hog of the ground kind
who thought if he nibbled I'd not mind.
He sampled a melon
Just as it was swellin'
And now all that's left is the rind.

Bravo! :smileyclap

Staff 08-06-2010 05:25 AM

Good Weather Assured
by Winifred Sackville Stoner, 1870-1931


When the second of February rolls around,
Out of his hole in the cold, dark ground
Comes Mr. Groundhog to look at the sky
And see if the season of summer is nigh;
So that he in the fields may merrily run
And eat farmers' crops 'neath the light o' the sun.
But if his own shadow he unfortunately sees,
In the greatest of terror he falls on his knees,
And quickly returns to his subterra home,
Resolving that he will not again roam
Till six stormy weeks have slowly gone by,
And then once again, perhaps he will try
To put his flat head above the cold ground,
And take a survey of the earth all around.
So I made up my mind that during the year
I'd keep him at home so he couldn't appear.
And to bring wintry weather he hadn't a chance,
For of his own shadow he caught not a glance.

benj1 08-07-2010 08:26 PM

Here's an interesting account of these creatures that are so common in the northeastern and central states.

biigblueyes 08-08-2010 09:12 AM

ooohhh. I feel privileged to be among literary-minded folks this morning. Nothing like a little nature-inspired poetry to get motivated to tackle the summer garden.

I'll be back after the upcoming weeding session to see if more poetry has appeared to further inspire me.

dapjwy 08-08-2010 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73853)
ooohhh. I feel privileged to be among literary-minded folks this morning. Nothing like a little nature-inspired poetry to get motivated to tackle the summer garden.

I'll be back after the upcoming weeding session to see if more poetry has appeared to further inspire me.

I thought your weeding might have inspired you to write a haiku or something! ~smile~

biigblueyes 08-09-2010 07:21 AM

Haiku? nahhhh, I don't "get" poetry that doesn't rhyme. It just seems like a story if there's no rhyme.

dapjwy 08-09-2010 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73921)
Haiku? nahhhh, I don't "get" poetry that doesn't rhyme. It just seems like a story if there's no rhyme.

I don't "get" a lot of poetry, but I am starting to appreciate it more.

hmmm...

All these weeds
and their seeds
think I'm cruel
when I pull

LOL...that is the best I can do.

Or

All these weeds
and their seeds
take their toll
on my soul

(I finally slept in today and am still groggy...and in another one of my goofy moods.)

biigblueyes 08-09-2010 11:04 AM

I like them - they put a grin on my face!

Whether I think of fauna
as gentle or as beast
will often be determined
by which plants are their feast.

dapjwy 08-09-2010 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73937)
I like them - they put a grin on my face!

Whether I think of fauna
as gentle or as beast
will often be determined
by which plants are their feast.

Thank you. =)

See! there you go! I bet next time you are out weeding you'll be composing poems! LOL!

biigblueyes 08-09-2010 04:30 PM

ummmm - no. The creative juices are NOT flowing when I'm weeding and the heat index is 100 at 7 am. The sweat is all that's flowing then.

dapjwy 08-09-2010 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73978)
ummmm - no. The creative juices are NOT flowing when I'm weeding and the heat index is 100 at 7 am. The sweat is all that's flowing then.

Yikes, that is too early to be that hot!

Oh well, I thought it would help pass the time. ~smile~ Not that I expect to practice what I preach!

Equilibrium 08-12-2010 12:55 AM

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Here I am going through e-mails and what do I find>>> ? I was rolling on the floor laughing when I saw this photo and couldn't wait to find this thread to add it. I didn't take it.... it came in one of those chain e-mails we all get.

BooBooBearBecky 08-12-2010 04:40 PM

benj1-
Thanks for providing the link about groundhogs. It's very interesting and I learned a few things I didn't know.

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The average groundhog excavates over 700 pounds of dirt digging just one den, and a single groundhog may have four or or five dens scattered across its territory, moving in and out of them as crops and weather change.
700 pounds is a lot of dirt!!! Wish I could train the resident woodchucks here to do some digging for me in the spots I want!
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Groundhog burrows are important shelter resources for red fox, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, and skunk, most of whom do not dig their own burrows, but simply occupy those of groundhogs.
I didn't know that other species of critters relied on Mr. Woodchuck to dig their dens. How interesting.

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Groundhogs are capable of consuming as much as three-fourths of a pound of vegetable matter a day -- the equivalent of a 175-pound person eating 15 pounds of salad a day. In order to maximize food intake, groundhogs will often dig summer burrows in the middle of pastures or meadows, so that that they do not have to go far to go to get to the "salad bar."
Well that explains why a ground hog was able to consume an entire row of broccoli from my garden two summers ago. Hungry buggers.

dapjwy 08-12-2010 06:51 PM

I could learn a thing or two from you too BBBBecky...I should have thought to thank benj1, too. I learned a bit from the article as well.

Thanks, Benj1!

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Originally Posted by BooBooBearBecky (Post 74410)
benj1-
Thanks for providing the link about groundhogs. It's very interesting and I learned a few things I didn't know.

700 pounds is a lot of dirt!!! Wish I could train the resident woodchucks here to do some digging for me in the spots I want!
I didn't know that other species of critters relied on Mr. Woodchuck to dig their dens. How interesting.

Well that explains why a ground hog was able to consume an entire row of broccoli from my garden two summers ago. Hungry buggers.


benj1 08-12-2010 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Equilibrium (Post 74308)
I saw this photo and couldn't wait to find this thread to add it.

It's a good one. I'd guess it was taken at a zoo.

havalotta 08-16-2010 08:09 PM

Dapjwy sent me over to check out the poetry thread..

I can not think of much
Bout the limericks and such
I haven't the time
To think on a dime
Idle thoughts won't succeed
Gotta stop this stampede
before I'm put in the nut hutch.

dapjwy 08-17-2010 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75000)
Dapjwy sent me over to check out the poetry thread..

I can not think of much
Bout the limericks and such
I haven't the time
To think on a dime
Idle thoughts won't succeed
Gotta stop this stampede
before I'm put in the nut hutch.


I don't know how you'd fit in a nuthatch--they're such small birds. Poetry never did make much sense to me. Nice try though.

~wink~

biigblueyes 08-17-2010 07:11 AM

Speaking of that nut hutch. . . .

Let them think we’re crazy.
Watch them roll their eyes
As we spy on groundhogs
And plant for butterflies.

We’ll stalk every critter,
Snag and raptor nest,
Taking lots of pictures,
sharing all the best.

We’ll watch them worry
all about war and global strife
letting stress and pressure
rob them of their life.

Should we share the secret
We learned when we were five?
Don’t take life so seriously –
You won’t get out alive!

dapjwy 08-17-2010 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 75018)
Speaking of that nut hutch. . . .

Let them think we’re crazy.
Watch them roll their eyes
As we spy on groundhogs
And plant for butterflies.

We’ll stalk every critter,
Snag and raptor nest,
Taking lots of pictures,
sharing all the best.

We’ll watch them worry
all about war and global strife
letting stress and pressure
rob them of their life.

Should we share the secret
We learned when we were five?
Don’t take life so seriously –
You won’t get out alive!

Bravo! :smileyclap

So much talent in this group!

havalotta 08-17-2010 09:42 AM

That was a nice creation...
Most adults loose the wonder that has been given to them in childhood ....W.Grs still have it!:smileyclap

My lava spewed rather quickly from what's left of my weed pulling, sun scorched mind...

Definition of a Nut hutch: A coo coo bin....Notta Hatch Get the catch?
Then again.....

A nut hutch
needs a a hatch
to keep in
Its fine catch!

dapjwy 08-17-2010 10:30 AM

[QUOTE=havalotta;75047]That was a nice creation...
Most adults loose the wonder that has been given to them in childhood ....W.Grs still have it!:smileyclap

Definition of a Nut hutch: A coo coo bin....Notta Hatch Get the catch?
QUOTE]


~smile~ I like that we WGs still have it. Great observation.

...smile... I knew what you meant. I'm just being a goof as usual. Hope it is childlike and not childish!

havalotta 08-17-2010 10:40 AM

I knew you were playing with me...er.... My words.

Not meant a big goof
Twas only a spoof....

dapjwy 08-17-2010 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75059)
I knew you were playing with me...er.... My words.

Not meant a big goof
Twas only a spoof....

Thought so, but just wanted to be sure.

~smile~

Do me, do me! ....What rhymes with dapjwy?

havalotta 08-17-2010 01:01 PM

You sure about that?
Ok, A real quickie sickie gushed from within...

Dap ja way
Dap ja way
Every day's a good day
Opens up some new play

Dap ja wa
Dap ja wa
Typing by your own paw
Sharing witty hee haw

I hope T'is the poetry thread ...:crazy1

dapjwy 08-17-2010 01:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75077)
You sure about that?
Ok, A real quickie sickie gushed from within...

Dap ja way
Dap ja way
Every day's a good day
Opens up some new play

Dap ja wa
Dap ja wa
Typing by your own paw
Sharing witty hee haw

~smile~ I'm feel honored. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

How about one more verse with "dap ja wee" ~wink~ (there are too many possible pronounciations!)
Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75077)
I hope T'is the poetry thread ...:crazy1


LOL!!!!:rofl

I had to scroll up and make sure it was!

havalotta 08-17-2010 03:13 PM

Wouldn't that be terrible if it wasn't.... I try not to get TOO carried away.
I'll go to the wee wee mode later on if I remember. Depends....

My soil covered hands are drying out and reminding me I SHOULD return to weeding and tweaking the floral plantation. I keep bleeping on and off here to cool down some between..

dapjwy 08-17-2010 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75102)
I'll go to the wee wee mode later on if I remember. Depends....

LOL!

No need for a third verse...unless something happens to spark you.

I know what you mean about cooling off and checking in. That is what I do sometimes...other times I stay out all day with no break!

havalotta 08-18-2010 10:56 AM

I was wondering if you'd catch the wee wee in the depends..

Dap ja wee
Dap ja wee
Here you are on W.G.
What have you, to offer thee?

Dap ja why
Dap ja why
Guess we'll find out by and by.....

dapjwy 08-18-2010 11:20 AM

:rofl
Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75233)
I was wondering if you'd catch the wee wee in the depends..

Dap ja wee
Dap ja wee
Here you are on W.G.
What have you, to offer thee?

Dap ja why
Dap ja why
Guess we'll find out by and by.....

Excellent! You are so sweet---I was just going to say no one every wrote poetry for me, but that is not true--when we were first together, my partner wrote several poems to me! Still you are among excellent company. Thank you.

I'm glad I didn't read more into it than you intended...I'm glad I got the depends thing too! All too often I think my brain stops working at full capacity!

havalotta 08-18-2010 11:36 AM

I'm glad you didn't take it seriously like I was asking you ....Why you are here?

Do you still have your sweeties poems to look back upon...That'a a wonderful thing to receive from someones heart...

dapjwy 08-18-2010 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75248)
I'm glad you didn't take it seriously like I was asking you ....Why you are here?

I'm glad I didn't either...why, is that how you meant it!?! :unsure


:)
Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75248)
Do you still have your sweeties poems to look back upon...That'a a wonderful thing to receive from someones heart...

I agree, it is wonderful and I'm ashamed to say that they have been misplaced during one of our moves. Last week I came across poetry he wrote in school and looked for mine...they were not there. I'm wondering if we have them printed or not...maybe they are on a computer file. We'll keep looking.

havalotta 08-18-2010 12:35 PM

NOOOOO I didn't mean it that way at all. Are you pulling my leg :spider in asking?

dapjwy 08-18-2010 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75262)
NOOOOO I didn't mean it that way at all. Are you pulling my leg :spider in asking?

YUP! I am! :happydance

havalotta 08-18-2010 03:19 PM

Whew, you had me going...Dap...

dapjwy 08-18-2010 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75307)
Whew, you had me going...Dap...

~smile~ LOL! Sorry...I just couldn't resist!

I shared what I did with Jeff and your response--I said I was gonna wait a while before saying anything. I'm so bad sometimes.

Is it just me or did you tell, Equil, that *she* didn't read the fine print in *your* post!?

~hugs~ All is forgiven?

dapjwy 08-18-2010 04:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dapjwy (Post 75325)
~smile~ LOL! Sorry...I just couldn't resist!

I shared what I did with Jeff and your response--I said I was gonna wait a while before saying anything. I'm so bad sometimes.

Is it just me or did you tell, Equil, that *she* didn't read the fine print in *your* post!?

~hugs~ All is forgiven?


....Oops! wrong thread! :whistling

havalotta 08-18-2010 06:44 PM

Now you ARE trying to screw me all up.... I know where I am.

Wonder if Equill read the thread AND the fine print. I see she was on last night but she didn't leave any comments unless she didn't get to the thread.......Hope she noticed the fine print and doesn't seriously think she's in trouble...
Worse yet...... She might go to Staff to remove it and then YOU'RE going to be in deep, out to the doghouse you go...

dapjwy 08-18-2010 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75344)
Now you ARE trying to screw me all up.... I know where I am.

Wonder if Equill read the thread AND the fine print. I see she was on last night but she didn't leave any comments unless she didn't get to the thread.......Hope she noticed the fine print and doesn't seriously think she's in trouble...
Worse yet...... She might go to Staff to remove it and then YOU'RE going to be in deep, out to the doghouse you go...

LOL! That was my fear in the first place that the administrators would have it removed...that is why I added the fine print. I almost sent it in without it, but didn't want to cause any trouble.

Good to know that *you* read the fine print!

havalotta 08-18-2010 07:10 PM

You NEED to enclose at least a wink or something if you're teasing someone..which I know you did but....Equill misses stuff without her goggles on. That was a pretty gutsy one to lay on her.....I'd contact her privately and tell her you were messing with her.....

dapjwy 08-18-2010 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75358)
You NEED to enclose at least a wink or something if you're teasing someone..which I know you did but....Equill misses stuff without her goggles on. That was a pretty gutsy one to lay on her.....I'd contact her privately and tell her you were messing with her.....

Ok. Yes, ma'am.

I'll do that.

...but I did leave something: fine print.

havalotta 08-18-2010 07:25 PM

I know that....but if it were me...I'd contact her just in case...
Then again, maybe she's messing with YOU! Never know.....That'll teach ya...:tease

Gotta make a run North to camp and unload the car. Need it for the weekend..By by...

dapjwy 08-18-2010 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75365)
I know that....but if it were me...I'd contact her just in case...
Then again, maybe she's messing with YOU! Never know.....That'll teach ya...:tease

Gotta make a run North to camp and unload the car. Need it for the weekend..By by...

FYI, I did send her a PM. ~smile~

yup, that would teach me.

Have a safe trip.

Equilibrium 08-20-2010 01:22 AM

I'm heeeeeeeeeeeere and I'm not seeing any fine print. Show me!!! ;) WHAT DID I MISS!!!! I can't stand be left out of the loop. Oh woe is me. Tell me tell me tell me do!!! ;)

dapjwy 08-20-2010 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Equilibrium (Post 75508)
I'm heeeeeeeeeeeere and I'm not seeing any fine print. Show me!!! ;) WHAT DID I MISS!!!! I can't stand be left out of the loop. Oh woe is me. Tell me tell me tell me do!!! ;)

LOL! I can't believe I typed that here--wrong thread and I assumed she was talking about something else!

You won't be out of the loop for long. I PM'ed you to send you on the right track...but, as I said, now that you've been warned, it will lose its impact. :(

Teresa 08-20-2010 09:01 AM

Ogden Nash animal poems
 
This thread is reminding me of a book of poetry that is a favorite with my kids: Odgen Nash\'s Zoo

It doesn\'t have all of his animal poems, but a very good collection.
Here is a web page with just a few of his. . .

Ogden Nash

havalotta 08-23-2010 12:07 PM

Nice addition....:)

dapjwy 08-23-2010 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Teresa (Post 75519)
This thread is reminding me of a book of poetry that is a favorite with my kids: Odgen Nash's Zoo

It doesn't have all of his animal poems, but a very good collection.
Here is a web page with just a few of his. . .

Ogden Nash

Quote:

Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 75704)
Nice addition....:)


Yes, I enjoyed reading them. Thanks, Teresa.

I really enjoyed this one:

http://www.gardenofsong.com/kidzpage...ce/centip1.gif
THE CENTIPEDE
I objurgate the centipede,
A bug we do not really need.
At sleepy-time he beats a path
Straight to the bedroom or the bath.
You always wallop where he's not,
Or, if he is, he makes a spot.

(from Ogden Nash)


Even though I tend to catch them and put them outside--if they are in the tub, it *is* do-able--it made me laugh!

BooBooBearBecky 08-23-2010 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by dapjwy (Post 75708)

THE CENTIPEDE
I objurgate the centipede,
A bug we do not really need.
At sleepy-time he beats a path
Straight to the bedroom or the bath.
You always wallop where he's not,
Or, if he is, he makes a spot.
(from Ogden Nash)

Even though I tend to catch them and put them outside--if they are in the tub, it *is* do-able--it made me laugh!

dapjwy-
Cute poem about a really ugly bug.:)

Centipede photos taken inside my home when living in Mexico. Photos are little blurry because I was screaming.

Attachment 19280 Attachment 19281

dapjwy 08-23-2010 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by BooBooBearBecky (Post 75733)
Photos are little blurry because I was screaming.

LOL!

That is not what I was picturing--not the same kind that I've seen (infrequently, thankfully) in my tub. Could that be a millepede? Or maybe mine is not a centipede.


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