Friday, September 22, 2006

A Fine Balance & Exploding Plants



Actually, it's not the equinox until September 23rd this year.

On the left, see an egg that suffered a fatal "clacking" by The Prawn as she gleefully announced "listen to the noise they make" whilst clapping two eggs together. On the right, of course, a well-balanced egg. I guess I'll be making cookies today.

Sometimes, as I try to be a wife, mother, teacher, writer, domestic goddess, photographer, daughter, sister, friend, musician, artist, seamstress, gardener, appreciator of fine films, and life-long student, I do pull off the right-egg thing. Momentarily. But more often than not, I'm more like the egg on the left. If I'm accomplishing one thing, I feel like I'm failing at most of the others. *shrug* C'est la vie.

Speaking of vie, I had rather the fright of ma vie yesterday.


Here's how the Jewel Weed looks right now. The orange flowers have given way to these charming little pods:



Yesterday was the first time I'd noticed, so I made a closer inspection. Carefully, I reached out to take one of the fat little pods gently between my fingers. (Are those of you in the know laughing at me now?)

BLAMMO!!!!!

The pod EXPLODED in my fingers, spraying seeds everywhere.

Holy S---!!!

I tried another.

BLAMMO!!!!

I ran and called the children in order to play a devious trick on them. Mollusc went first.

BLAMMO!!!!! SHRIEK!!!!!

This was immediately followed by the rest of the children diving in and grabbing pods left and right.

BLAM! KABLAM! SHRIEK! SCREECH! POW!! BAM!

And raucous laghter ensued.

I don' t know what the neighbours thought.


Detonated Pod

Of course we had to play the trick on
GuTTer MuNKi, who had a satisfyingly startled reaction, as did our TKD master (yes, we brought a chunk of plant to the gym.)

Who knew that
Jewel Weed could have so many uses?


UXH : Unexploded Hosta

17 comments:

Jaichan said...

I would have laughed my arse off with the exploding pods.
Hahaha... eggs are fun. Every once in a while, the Banquets chef goes through the morning line prep, hard boils some eggs, and puts them back in the mise en place.
You can hear the laughter all over the kitchen when the line cook tries to crack one open the next morning.

Winters said...

Lovely photos, C!

I hope disinterring your sidebar wasn't too painful.

Have a splendid weekend, full of delight and merriment.

sleepydog said...

I want exploding plants

"Don't give me none more of that ol' janx spirit
Don't give me none more of that
ol' janx spirit
For my head will fry
my tongue will lie
and I will surely die

You too cool fo' school Candace.

Trundling Grunt said...

They sound very cool. Exploding plants - excellent. I did the clacking thing with two pint glasses.... not so good.

Candace said...

Jai, I love a place where no one is too uptight to play practical jokes on each other. :) We've been having way too much fun with those pods.

Thanks, Winters. :)

My sidebar is glad to be resurrected. It thought I didn't love it anymore.

I hope you have a splendid weekend, as well, filled with Irish Drinking Songs, and a complete lack of broken legs and drownings in the river.

SleepyD - Is that not the coolest thing? It's growing under our deck - total weed, though it does have valuable uses, such as being an antidote for poison ivy/oak/sumac. But on the downside it tends to grow WITH those things. Wonder what ELSE I'm gonna find under the deck. :-/

VERY nice drinking song. you have obviously had your share of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters. Take that as you will. ;)

TG- those seeds were shooting so far that some of them could have ended up in your neck of the woods. :) Ohhhh! Clacking thing with glasses = Not Good! But funny! :) (since it didn't happen all over MY floor)

Faltenin said...

I wonder if the other have realized yet that by clicking on those flower pics, it opens up a nekkid pic of you?

:)

Candace said...

Wow, since the hotlinks are only 5 pixels wide, I didn't think anyone had found them. Nice job!

Very Georgia O'Keeffe of me, don't you think? :)

ablondeblogger said...

LOL! That's hilarious! And the "detonated pod" looks like alien sperm. Not that I would know what that looks like. :)

Bostick said...

Thanks for the visit. Great explosion story. Plants are cool..
And honestly. My BBQ sauce was a secret but I cant keep one, try it and you will never use another again..

Candace said...

LOL, Dawn! I might - my kids are weird enough. . . ;)

Hi Bostick! Thanks for dropping in. Mmmm! I plan to make it on Monday. :)

Candace said...

PS, Nice AR-15. :)

Bostick said...

It is an AR15 with an optic scope.. And yes it doesnt matter if you make the sauce the night before. It might even be better to do that. I like to mason jar the leftover sauce. It takes the same effort to make a lot as it does to make a little.

Candace said...

Very nice! :)

Cool, thanks! I think I'll mix up a big batch tomorrow, then. That picture is mouth-watering.

Bostick said...

I forgot to put the honey part in my recipe. Damn beer.. I revised it and it is good to go now. Cant forget the honey, it takes the acidic edge off and is a key ingredient

Candace said...

Oh, penciling that into my printout. Thanks!

Maybe I should add some beer to it. Ya think? Or just down a Hard Mike's while mixing it up. :)

Trundling Grunt has some great recipes, too, and I believe that many of them are better made while enjoying an adult berage.

Bostick said...

I do one every Saturday evening, look in my archives. I am going to shoot for an entire year of recipes(52) so I can make a book and make it available over here on my blog.

Candace said...

Awesome! Thanks!