Posted by: ktzefr | November 17, 2010

Ten months, ten days, 10,000 views…

…and ten things I did today —

1)  Celebrated 10,000 views on my blog!  Thanks to everyone for stopping by to read.

2)  Watched the rain on the yellow and red and tangerine leaves outside my window.











3)  Drove in the rain and the traffic to the grocery store for doughnuts.

4)  Read essays from my eighth-grade workshop kids and felt immensely pleased that they were much better this week than last.

5)  Worked on my latest writing project at the kitchen table.  The good thing about taking my laptop to the kitchen is that I can watch the birds and squirrels at the feeders just outside the window.  The bad thing is that the pantry (cookies, chips, leftover Halloween candy) is inches away.

6)  Checked on the progress of the Dracanea fragrans — the blooming corn plant.  It sat in the corner of the living room for a decade or more just being green, and then one autumn it bloomed!  For the last three Novembers it has produced these wonderful blossoms that fill the whole house with an incredible scent every night.   They’re still buds now, but should flower before Thanksgiving.











7)  Listened to the sounds of the rainforest — a Solitudes CD with the calls and songs of the wood wren and nightingale and laughing gull.  Waterfalls…  Howler monkeys…

8)  Took a nap.

9)  Walked 4.74 miles.

10) Cooked dinner, changed the sheets, cleaned the kitchen.

At the moment, I’m sitting at my desk watching a fly and a moth (both caught between the window glass and screen) making crazy circles trying to get inside, drawn to the bright light of my desk lamp…and I recall hopping from one island to the next aboard a boat in the Galapagos Islands and learning that new insects were introduced from one island to another — not merely by locals or tourists who carried them on clothing and shoes and suitcases — but by boats.   At night bugs hitch a ride from one place to another when they’re drawn to the lights on ships and boats.

How many stink bugs have you tossed out this fall?  A few weeks ago we have them pasted to the screen door.  A couple of them spent the winter inside last year.  They seem to sit for hours, even days, without moving.  Have you ever looked at one with a magnifying glass?  They look like tiny armored vehicles.   Invasive species…

I read the other day that we exported pine trees and bull frogs to Brazil a few years back and they’d both become invasive species in that country.  (The frogs were marketed as cheap and easy food, but the people didn’t have a taste for them.)  And so it goes…

Thanks, again, for reading!!



  1. You walked 4.74 miles? I need to get moving!

    • My goal is 5 miles a day. Some days I don’t quite make it; other times I rack up more miles.

  2. Congratulations on the 10,000 views!!

    • Thanks!! And thanks for reading.

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