Tag Archives: bugs

Flowers, flags and foolishness.

 

Flowers –

For a pure burst of summer color?

 

 

You can’t beat peonies.

 

 

They’re bright, lush and smell heavenly.

 

 

Flags –

Or as my husband calls them…

 

 

Guest towels from the spare bathroom you nail into a long piece of wood when your wife isn’t looking.

Foolishness –

 

 

The gift a friend gives you because she knows you’re allergic to horsefly bites.

 

 

With a name like the Bug Bite Thing, you don’t expect it to work.

 

 

And no surprise, it didn’t. A horsefly bit me, I suctioned my arm as directed and still swelled up like a politician at a pay by the plate fundraising dinner.

More foolishness –

 

 

Contains 40% urea.

WTF!

Don’t know what urea is?

Google it, I’ll wait.

**********************

Right?

Who in the world wants to rub urine on their feet.

And on the off chance I ever do? I’ll save myself some money and ask the neighbor’s dog to pee on me. Lord knows he’s been trying to for years.

 

Turns out you really can get anything from Amazon….

 

But sometimes, my question is this…

Why would you want to?

 

IMG_4232

 

Personally, I’ve never felt the need to shed my skin like a snake…

But okay, whatever floats your boat.

 

And while I enjoy a good bug museum as much as the next girl…

 

IMG_4228

 

I’ve never felt the need to actually snack on them.

Eww.

 

This one?

 

IMG_4225

 

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it just looks…

Wrong.

 

IMG_4226

 

Likewise for Fred and friends dunking their nether regions in my cup of hot tea.

Just…

No.

 

IMG_4227

 

I could probably get behind the bread alignment pad…

 

IMG_4231

 

And sure.

Wine condoms, if anyone actually ever has leftover wine.

(Is that even possible?)

 

But this last one –

Is not only an affront to common decency…

But the ruination of every backyard bbq and clambake in my foreseeable future.

 

 

IMG_E4210

 

Damn you Amazon…

I may never eat corn again.

 

 

 

 

Bugs and dinner.

 

 

Please note I did not say bugs for dinner. That would just be weird.

Although, admittedly…. a 3 piece cockroach musical ensemble would have been stellar.

 

h7A915BBC

 

No… I’m talking about the last (and best!) part of the Fairbanks Museum.

Bug art!

I turned the final corner, and came face to mandible face with this beauty.

 

IMG_1468

 

Isn’t it wonderful? I would totally display this on my front lawn, and perhaps pet it as I walked by.

 

IMG_1471

 

As you can see, it’s a little large for the living room.

 

IMG_1500

 

So while the husband was examining some ancient knives and swords, ( He glanced at the bugs and kept on walking. Go figure. ) I delved deep into art made from bugs.

 

IMG_1491

 

Apparently it’s pretty rare, as evidenced by the fact there were only 8 pieces.

And if you’re not a fan of the creepy crawly…

 

 

You might want to scroll down to dinner… which thankfully, was bug free.

But if you’ve always wanted to see a beetle and moth likeness of Abraham Lincoln?

 

IMG_1477

 

IMG_1478

 

And George Washington?

 

IMG_1484

 

I’m your girl.

 

IMG_1480

 

IMG_1481

 

Yes, those really are all bugs.

 

IMG_1476

 

And bug art really is a thing.

 

IMG_1472

 

Ain’t it grand?

 

IMG_1475

 

IMG_1482

 

General Pershing thinks so.

 

IMG_1473

 

And so do I.

 

thtzc

 

Now for the (boring in comparison) food part of the blog.

 

IMG_1510

 

Dinner was at a highly recommended little place called The Creamery….

 

IMG_1503

 

Which, to be honest, felt like someone’s basement.

 

IMG_1502

 

The bar was full of locals who gave us the stink eye as we walked in…

 

IMG_1505

 

But the margaritas were large and tasty….

 

IMG_1504

 

And while the menu was small, everything we had was perfect.

 

IMG_1506

 

From the crispy green bean appetizer….

 

IMG_1507

 

To the goat cheese and maple vinaigrette salad…

 

IMG_1509

 

My fresh, succulent baked scallops with stir fried vegetable medley…

 

IMG_1508

 

And the husband’s perfectly prepared shrimp scampi.

I would have loved to try their dessert but…

 

no-room-for-dessert_o_1266625

 

I hate when that happens.

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Spot. Stay….

 

The Fairbanks museum has something for everyone.

 

IMG_1437

 

Samurai helmets?

 

IMG_1440

 

And swords?

 

IMG_1442

 

Check.

 

IMG_1439

 

And for those who are as fascinated as I am with the rich  history of Japan…

 

IMG_1441

 

There were dinosaur fossils…

 

IMG_1447

 

And mastodon obedience training manuals….

 

IMG_1463

 

Somehow I doubt that turned out well.

 

IMG_1459

 

There were more dead fine feathered friends..

 

IMG_1458

 

And a display about sheep back in 1840…

 

IMG_1465

 

Which begs for the old saying –

Vermont! Where men were men.

And the sheep were afraid.

 

IMG_1464

 

Although from the look of the numbers, maybe the men should have been afraid.

 

 

The rotating exhibit was a collection of photography from rural Vermont.

 

IMG_1455

 

They were quite good, but I won’t bore with you with photos of photos…

 

IMG_1454

 

Except for this one.

 

IMG_1451

 

umm-what-the-6tnwap

 

That was my reaction too.

I was beginning to rethink my  “Isn’t Vermont a quaint place to live?”  attitude. I mean, really? Who cuts off their wife’s hands, nails them to the barn door and then photographs them?

Who?

 

IMG_1452

 

Slightly mollified, although vowing never to look at a muskrat the same way… we moved on.

Inching ever closer to the famous bug art.

 

IMG_E1493

 

Yes, apparently it’s quite famous in these parts.

 

IMG_E1495

 

And in case you just can’t wait till tomorrow’s post…

 

IMG_E1494

 

Here are a few beauties to keep you company.

 

IMG_1496 (2)

 

(The bugs, not me.)

 

134msq

 

You’re welcome.

More Fairbanks oddities….

 

As we made our way down the left side of the top floor of the museum, we encountered a replica of my Monday morning hairdo…

 

IMG_1408

 

And an  outfit to wear on a Match.com date  entire coconut fiber set of armor.

 

IMG_1409

 

Yes, coconut.

 

IMG_1410

 

And fish skin. What’s not to love?

 

 

IMG_1411

 

I’m not sure that puffer fish helmet would have deflected many blows, but it does have a certain punk rock era appeal.

 

IMG_1422

 

And as I was oohing and ahhing over the Egyptian section…

 

IMG_1421

 

I do love me some mummies and canopic jars.

 

IMG_1418

 

(Not sure where to put your intestines after death? The ancient Egyptians gave a whole new meaning to kitchen canning.)

And then, I saw it.

Across the rail… on the other side.

 

 

Be still my heart!

 

imagesQ3VY7CMY

 

Could it be?

 

IMG_1449

 

Yes!

 

IMG_1412

 

A giant bug sculpture.

 

IMG_1413

 

And an entire section of bug art!

 

Bug art?

 

eabfb28b76380ccec31b81b3616bd1c3fdf085482b3bc50f1a682fe2ecb82e81

 

I could hardly contain my delight!

I wanted to run right over, but forced myself to breathe deeply and finish the rest of the museum first.

 

 

I know, I know.

Good things come to those who wait….