I actually feel rather guilty posting this week, when I haven't been keeping up with my friends' posts. In fact, if you posted something that you really wanted me to read, please let me know!
I just finished putting a netting over a young maple tree in front to protect it from the cicadas. We're getting the big brood this year - the one that erupts from the ground every seventeen years (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_re_us/cicada_invasion) in huge (and LOUD) numbers. I love the bit about how Ravinia (a famous outdoor concert venue in the Chicago area) re-arranged their schedule to emphasize rock/pop bands rather than classical music, to make sure the cicadas wouldn't overwhelem the music - *G*. The seventeen year cicadas (sometimes inaccurately called "locusts")are like the yearly ones, but the coloring's different, with red eyes, and orange-brown veins on the wings. They don't bite or sting or eat anything, but when the females lay their eggs near the ends of tree branches, it causes the branches to die from that point outwards. For older trees, it's a harmless pruning, but the tree out front is young, and it can be a bit drastic for these newer trees and result in disfiguration. Not easy putting netting over a tree that's about 20 feet tall, though... *L*!. Yes, when it was done, I did pump my fist and shout "I did it!!!"
My garden seems to be surviving, and no weeds so far. I'll try to post pics as soon as I can.
Jules and Lorna, sorry to keep delaying on putting up a review of Griffen House, but there are reasons. First, I took some pics, and haven't had a chance to get them ready to put up yet. Second... oh, dear. I loved the opening band, "Sons of William" - one of those rare bands that pull you in with their first song. The lead singer is an average-looking guy, with with a real presence and a good guitar-player. The bass-player is a woman (who wears Chucks, Kam!), and a sweet but geeky guy is the lead guitarist. The drummer is the lead singer's brother, and, to me, bears a striking resemblance to Orli (!).
Griffin must be quite a fan because he had them backing him up, with the lead singer taking on the bass, and the bass player taking on lead guitar (very well, in fact). The place was packed by the time Griffin came on; in fact, it was sold out! And it was rather... interesting... to be on the sidelines watching the fan girls, rather than being one of them - *L*! But the sad news is... I didn't get into his performance. I knew one of the songs from the internet, and liked it there, but it was only okay in concert. I recognized Liberty Line as well. But, still... he just seemed so unengaging. Sorry, guys - that's two times I've given him a try now (including at "The Point"); I guess he's not my cup of tea. *sigh*
BTW... is it just me, or does anybody else hear that advertisement for Chipotle', the one where the singer talks about loving "pork, pork, pork, port", and start barking out (ala the Swedish Chef from the Muppets Show) "bork, bork, bork, bork!"? *G*
And, I saw "Shrek 3"... and almost fell asleep. It's okay, but don't rush out to see it.
"Heroes" and "LOST" finales this week, yes? *eeek!*