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Of gourds and the Eastern Hercules Beetle

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Jenifer loves working with gourds! (Light bulb just went off. ... So, that’s why she married me. ...)

She has gone bat crazy over gourds again. Bought a few from a neighbor and has revived gourds from the basement and is re-painting them. She broke out the Dremel, files, hack saw and paint and is in a frenzy.

I am just trying to stay out of her way.

Dynastes tityus

Found a beetle at work, very cool looking. Unfortunately, it was dead. Eastern Hercules Beetle. I brought it home and put it on a shelf in my office.

Ellie was using my computer last night to type up a five-page paper for school. I pointed out that Dynastes tityus was looking over her shoulder. Freaked her out!

Apparently, 15-year-old girls have little tolerance for what their parents think is funny.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; demullis@vnet.net.
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