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38 monarch chrysalises!!!!

and a couple caterpillars still seen looking for the right spot! 8 by the pasture milkweeds, 7 on my hay shed and 1in the most unlikely spot...

Went to refill their water buckets this morning and yikes! Lucky that Maizie decided to not knock the buckets iver like she usually does!

Door to shed behind my house where I used to keep Gracie's tennis balls. I've moved the balls to the hay shed so I won't disturb them every time I open the door!

Milkweed skeletons!

Sadly 3 caterpillars didn't make it. 2 were apparently attacked by some bug. I saw one fresh kill with the bugs nose stuck into its side. I found a 2 day old corpse of another. And this afternoon Gracie or I stepped on one

Ths 2 day old corpse

my monarch butterfly farm

Last summer I wrote about a chrysalis I found on my garage that hatched in October. Not a thing for the monarch to feed on, so I drove it to a coastal botanical center that has a monarch program and tons of appropriate plantings.

I've had a few more monarchs this summer than recent years. And, as of this morning, 21 chrysalises on my house, garage and shed! I may have to get a monarch minivan to transport them this year!

pic of painting of Big Dawg Clinton, aka Slick Willy, found at Epstein's home

Who knew?

Accuser sues Jeffrey Epstein and details alleged co-conspirators' tactics to lure her: "The trap was


A new lawsuit filed on Wednesday by a New York woman accuses Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse and targets Epstein's estate, his alleged "madame," Ghislaine Maxwell, and three unnamed women who worked for Epstein in the early 2000s.

"I want my story to hold Epstein to account and also his recruiters, the workers on his payroll who knew what he was doing and the prominent people around him who helped conceal and perpetuate his sex-trafficking scheme," Araoz wrote in a New York Times op-ed Wednesday. "Their hideous actions victimized me and so many young girls like me."

Last month, Araoz went public with accusations that she was recruited by a young woman outside of her Manhattan high school to give Epstein erotic massages at his townhouse. Araoz has said that Epstein forcibly raped her during one such massage and she did not return to his home.

Araoz's lawsuit against Epstein's estate argues names Ghislaine Maxwell and claims she "provided organization support for Epstein's sex trafficking ring" and that she "conspired with Epstein in the implementation and maintenance of his criminal enterprise."

4chan user posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death before it was public

Authorities now want to know who was behind the post, which contained medically accurate details about the financier and accused sex trafficker.

BuzzFeed News was first to report on the post, which appeared on 4chan 38 minutes before the first tweet about Epstein's death from ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky at 8:54 a.m. ET. The flagship ABC News account tweeted an article about Epstein's death five minutes later.

"on't ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this," the post reads. The text was accompanied by an image of Pepe the Frog, an internet meme that is popular among far-right internet trolls.

Move along, nothing to see here...

Guards were supposed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center. However, sources say that protocol was not followed in the hours leading up to his death.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Epstein was under “special observation status” at the time of his death, which required that he have a cell mate...

But a source told the Wall Street Journal there was no cellmate present when Epstein died.

Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died

Mueller's "reverse gotcha" moment, courtesy of lefty's Slate


Lieu: I’d like to ask you the reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?

Mueller: That is correct.

Reverse Gotcha!

Mueller: Now, before we go to questions, I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu who said, and I quote, “You didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.” That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report, and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.

Fuel, maybe you should take a class on how to post without spamming

It really is easy to do. Even you should be able to learn how with a little one-on-one instruction.

Thumbs down on Seresto collar

Last night I found the bottom of Gracie's neck bald and bright red/sore due reaction to the collar. It's tended to loosen periodically. I had just adjusted it (again) this past Sunday or Monday.

Then this morning I found, despite full tick checks twice/day and the collar obviously against her skin, an engorged tick on her back, maybe 12" from the collar.

The collar is less than 3 months old.

Praying it wasn't another deer tick .

Hosed her down this morning right before removing the collar. Just bought her a month of Frontline and ordered Bravecto.

puppy news

First item: Yippee! We have a new pitbull in the neighborhood. Who's owner leaves it off leash with the usual "you don't have to worry about my dog, no sirree!" and subsequently admitting his pit has wandered on multiple occasions up the road to play with the pit that lives kitty corner, so I've had a random pack of pits on the loose.

He's since charged my puppy twice and my senior dog once, demonstrating that on his own property he is dog aggressive. The first charge was the worst because I watch for them let the owner that we're coming and that day I didn't see them behind trees and the dog made it quite a ways down the driveway before he caught up with him. In the meantime, there was nothing we could do but hope to outrun him to the next side street. Gracie was a trooper -- never barked, growled, lunged, or challenge-stared. If the owner had been 1 or 2 strides further away from his dog, the ending might have been very different. The next 2 charges were a few days later after I yelled out for him to hold his dog and within an hour of each other.

So I've notified animal control that there is trouble brewing since this moron is under the mistaken impression that he'll always be able to stop his dog from attacking, he'll never be 1 step too many far away, his training will outweigh his dogs dna, and despite witnessing obvious dog aggression, his dog would never attack another dog, no sirree.

2nd item: Yippee! Gracie tested positive for lyme and anaplasmosis exposure! The good news is she is asymptomatic, so in all likelihood her immune system eliminated b. burgosia and whatever. The bad news is I have 2 follow-on tests -- the cbc came back negative, but I still have to collect some pee to test for lyme antibody-mediated glomerular nephritis. So the excrutiatingly expensive cost of spring vax this year just grew by another $100 or so
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