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I moved a small shrub to the front yard today to replace the worst plant in people's yards: hostas. Then, I walked over to the other side of the house and kneeled down to pull a few weeds. I was there about 45 seconds, and I kept noticing bugs near my face but I assumed it was just a hover fly so I didn't pay much attention to it.

In reality, I was kneeling down less than a foot away from a yellow jacket nest and I was seeing them fly out of the nest right past my face. Yikes. I got out of there quickly. Luckily I didn't get stung. I'll have to stay away from there the rest of the year.
 
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lol all my hostas have become deer food.

In my yard the yellow jacket nest would be deleted. They can kill a bee hive.
 

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I spent all morning tearing apart my Savio waterfall filter. The weir was leaking and the inflow pipe was in danger of coming apart. Hard piped the new inflow and replaced gasket on the weir. Got it all back together and plugged the pump back in. Major leak from the gate valve drain! I'm guessing when the filter got moved to work on it the valve got damaged. Gotta love Amazon, new valve will be here tomorrow! More pvc glue fumes to deal with!
 
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I saved a young squirrel. My cat pharaoh caught it just as I got home, and while I applaud his hunting, he needs to get the mice, not creatures in trees. So I saved it. Not quite a baby, it’s not an adult. I’ll be keeping it at least 24 hrs to see if it’s got any wounds from the cat, treat any if i can, and hopefully let it go. My hubby named it Scrat! The squirrel rat from Ice Age. This thing just wants to hide. I’ve put water, a dish of bird seed, some peanut butter, in my rabbit hutch with a few hiding places for it. I’ll let it recover, then try to check it again.
 

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It’s stull very scared, but I snuggled him into a knit cap, tucked that in my shirt, and took a nap to warm him up through the shock. Trying to get him to eat and drink, he’s calm in my hands aside from a very strong desire to hide. I don’t know if he’ll be good to release tomorrow due to his shyness, but I hope so.
 
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I was able to get him to go up the tree today. Scary humans with all their noises and smells had him hiding in his little hood I put in there for him, he wouldn’t come out, and only nibbled at a few honey but Cheerios I put in with him. I had to prompt him to leave, but when I did he was gone! He tried to stay hidden in the cap till I showed him the tree, flipped the cap to not cover him, then he put a paw out. A little jiggle of the cap and off he went!
 

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Hiding from the heat...............again. The water mint is growing everywhere! Right now leaving it alone since it is covered with flowers and the bees are going crazy over the flowers.

Did snap one picture though while checking the fish and ponds.
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Good news bad news. Bad news, spent last night at the ER w dad as he was having pain in the abdomen that made me think appendix issues, they say kidney stones, take ibuprofen. Um, kidney stones don’t typically present with lower right abdominal pain that increases when pressure is let up, so I’ll be monitoring him closely. Good news, i got to actually touch my future cat. A little stray torti calico was dumped off a few months ago, and I’ve seen her a few times, and finally we are at a point at home I can bring her home with me. Been trying to feed her food that’s not sold at end of night, I’ll be bumping that up to cat food soon, and working on gaining her trust more, so she doesn’t flinch when I touch her. Then I’ll bring her home, break her of bad habits, get her comfy, and hope she catches all the mice!
 
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@JamieB Oh darn on kidney stones for you dad. I have had them several times and passed them and saved them so I knew for sure it was kidney stones. I had pain on either side when I had them. It is horrible pain sometimes depending how big they are and if they get stuck. I drink lemon juice every day now for years right before dinner and have not had one since. Doc said if I didn't want to change my diet then drink the lemon juice forever,lol!

Hope you can catch little kitty and make her a nice home.
 

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A friend and I went crayfish hunting yesterday and took along two nets made for catching. Heard of a lake across Puget Sound that was supposed to be full of them. Had to take the ferry over there and spent hours trying but no luck. Still had a lot of fun out there swimming in the lake and a guy that was fishing gave us a couple fish. Sailor the dog loved swimming. She's crazy for water!

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My friend swimming out to check the traps
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We shall be trying other places closer to home as there have to be some out there somewhere either in the creeks or lakes around here.
 
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A friend and I went crayfish hunting yesterday and took along two nets made for catching. Heard of a lake across Puget Sound that was supposed to be full of them. Had to take the ferry over there and spent hours trying but no luck. Still had a lot of fun out there swimming in the lake and a guy that was fishing gave us a couple fish. Sailor the dog loved swimming. She's crazy for water!

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My friend swimming out to check the traps
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We shall be trying other places closer to home as there have to be some out there somewhere either in the creeks or lakes around here.
Come check my creeks. This was a good year for them here with all the flooding. I caught 2 small ones thinking my turtle may eat them, instead they ate his fish.
 
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Today is hubbies birthday, I work 6am-1, and dads got a run, so doing cake now!
 
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Happy hubby birthday!

We head to the market, only 4 left on saturday, 3 left on wednesday. Then put everything away! Yeah! Mentally done by this time of year.
 
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Oh boy! Catching up with all your busy-ness!

@JBtheExplorer - I would have been tempted to just crawl right under that train! And why are hostas the worst plant? What did I miss?

Everyone avoiding the wasps and hornets and yellow jackets at this time of year, and there's @j.w helping them out with their nest building! We have a big paper wasp nest under the eave on the garage - trying to decide to leave it or deal with it. I'd be tempted to leave them be, but we're worried that they can get inside the house from where they are building right through the soffit.

So pretty out this morning... low 50s and clear as a bell. Loving this time of year when things are slowing down and we can mostly just enjoy. We're still mowing the grass, which is odd for us. Normally we get most of July and August off as it gets too hot and dry for grass to grow... not this year! But otherwise the gardens are just taking care of themselves. It's been a big year for cucumbers, so I may get some pickles fermenting today. First flush of tomatoes are done - we'll see if this second batch gets a chance to get ripe.
 
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@Lisak1 I too thought the same on the train but I thought of going over the coupling instead of under as I would not get squished that way, maybe jolted around but still in one piece hopefully.

Yep I'm the crazy one trying to keep every critter safe and then suffering the consequences. What do they say? No good deed goes unpunished,lol.

We are mowing the weeds, all the grass is brown but as soon as Fall gets here the rains will return and all will be green again! They don't call us the "Evergreen State" for nothing". I think that's mostly for all the evergreen trees we have here tho.

Sounds like you have a great producing garden this year!

Dirt work here today. Neighbor has and extra huge pile and we can use it to fill in a ditch partly for easier mowing.
 

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@JBtheExplorer And why are hostas the worst plant? What did I miss?
They're highly invasive - not in the usual way, but because of their relationship with humans. Spreading rapidly across the U.S. by humans who are planting them everywhere. Hard to find yards without them around here. Even found around businesses and in some parks.

What makes it significantly worse is that they have very little ecological value outside of its native range. Basically none. They aren't host plants to any pollinators, and are a very poor nectar source. The most meaningful part of a hosta's life is probably when its leaves decay.

I personally like the foliage of Wild Ginger better. Amazing shape, color, and velvety leaves. Combine that with something like Eastern Red Columbine and in my opinion it looks far more visually pleasing than hostas, plus significantly more important to wildlife, and just like hostas, super-easy to grow.
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