Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Just outside....

Happy Tuesday to everyone!  Do you have a good day planned? 

A week ago, in the afternoon, we were besieged with some kind of flying beetle.  At first we thought they were Ladybugs, then realized they were not the usual kind of Ladybug.  Perhaps they were the kind that has been called "Asian Ladybugs."  However, upon reading a favorite columnist's article in the local newspaper this morning, I have decided they were Kudzu Beetles!  They seemed to like the eastern side of our house, congregating on the white siding.  As our weather turned a bit cooler, they seem to have found somewhere else to go; however, I read that they will reappear during the winter whenever the days become warmer.  As we live in a climate that has mild winters, I expect we will have something else joining the stink bugs in thinking they have an engraved invitation to join us in the house!

Last Thursday, prior to a predicted storm of wind and rain, I took this picture of a tree in a neighboring yard.

Just in case the wind blew off all the leaves.

Well, the leaves remained on the tree and are only falling as they usually fall.

Here are two images from this morning.

Morning sky.

Can you see that there are red berries on the Nandina?  I always hope they will linger until Thanksgiving as a small clipping from this bush would look good in an arrangement.  Alas!  That doesn't seem to work well.

Are you thinking about Thanksgiving?  Are there special recipes that you rely on in these weeks before that special day?  I have a couple to share with you in the next post.  Until then, have a good day!

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Those photos are lovely, and you know how much I love red, so that bush is just gorgeous! We have been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving, and I have a few recipes that are always pleasing to my palate. I always look forward to your recipes, though, because you have such a talent for putting things together and presenting them just like a picture in a magazine! Have a wonderful day, Sister!

  2. Beautiful photos Nellie!!

    I am always happy to see you post a recipe!

  3. It all looks so pretty for fall Nellie. I always wish things like your red bush would last until Thanksgiving but they don't do they?
    Those bugs sound interesting, I am glad it wasn't at my house. I hope you have a nice day, nope nothing really planned here today. No, I guess I don't really start doing anything until the week of Thanksgiving.
    Have a great day.

  4. Hi Nellie , what beautiful pictures , the Nandina and the berries are very pretty , hope the Nandina last for Thanksgivings . Have you asked your local Florist how you can freeze-dry one or what ever they do to preserved them to use in arrangements . Looking forward for thr recipes , thanks for sharing :)
    P.S. I do so thank you for stopping by my blog , your friendship means a lot to me . Nee

  5. Nellie, Once my daughter had a lady bug infestation. They would always be on the outside ...but then they found a way in and she fought them for a couple years. We seem to be battling nasty flies. I hate those darn things. But they are hanging around the door and getting in if we aren't careful when opening the door. I know bugs hate for fans to blow on them...so maybe we could come up with a fan on the porch...we have an overhead one but it's not by the door. Please post a simple recipe for me...LOL. xoxo,Susie

  6. It's funny - I saw all sorts of Facebook posts last week about a ladybug invasion back in my hometown (we didn't have it where I live now) and I had no idea what everyone was talking about. Now it makes sense!

  7. It's funny - I saw all sorts of Facebook posts last week about a ladybug invasion back in my hometown (we didn't have it where I live now) and I had no idea what everyone was talking about. Now it makes sense!

  8. That tree is gorgeous and your Nandina looks way different than mine! I don't have those beautiful red leaves.

    Happy Tuesday!

  9. Nellie,
    I LOVE planning my Thanksgiving menu! This is very silly, but I usually type it up and print it out on a nice piece of parchment-type paper. Maybe one day my girls will enjoy lookng at the old menus :) I am sure Thanksgiving is delightful at your house!

  10. Great photos- I do NOT like those pretend "lady bugs". lol They are awful around here, too. I really like your trees-they are so pretty and that shot with the sky is amazing - xo Diana

  11. I took MY morning sky too. It was just after sunup and I put it in Flickr for now.

  12. Beautiful photos. Really like the sky one!
    It will just be Ken and I here for the holiday but I'm planning on a regular dinner with all the trimmings.

  13. Ive noticed some ladybugs around here, it seems every year around this time, my parents' western side of their brick house gets covered in them, we figured it was for the warmth.
    I just love the fall color we've gotten this year. Rain during the summer did the trees good, I think!~

  14. Hi Nellie

    Love the burning bush!! I tend to make large quantities of supper foods so that there isn't much cooking to do during the week. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving too!


  15. ...and a happy November to you too Nellie dear.

    All blessings,


  16. I'm not a fan of any kind of bug infestation, even odd ladybugs. I hope they don't come back to you

  17. Fantastic morning sky, Nellie!

    I hadn't heard of those beetles - hope they stay away.

  18. Our Nandina gifts us with a few berries even through Christmas...I hope yours last until Thanksgiving for you! And that sky shot is gorgeous!

    xo Kat

  19. Your snaps are lovely and Fall looks beautiful where you live. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I thank you for your prayers.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. I so love nandina. The foliage makes for great filler in arrangements no mater what the season.

  21. Busing lady birds..
    Love your photos...

  22. Gorgeous pictures. Our leaves and color have lasted longer than normal. I love the idea of capturing some for a thanksgiving display. One year, Josie and I pressed leaves and glued/glittered them to caning jars and put candles inside the jars. Perhaps, she and I might need to do that again. We're hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. Can't wait to see some of your recipes.

    Happy November!

  23. Beautiful photos. We are having 2+ days of rain here. Guess we are lucky because they are getting snow 75 miles to the north of us.

  24. The Kudzu bugs are worse than the Ladybugs. And the newspaper said they will come out each winter day when it is warmer than usual. The Ladybugs stay gone. :-(((