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The Backyard is a Nightmare

And not just because it's hot, sticky, weed-choked and otherwise nasty.

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That's an enormous argiope making a meal of an equally enormous green dragonfly.  I know argiopes gotta eat too, but I draw the line at butterflies/dragonflies.  Time to get out the Lousiville Slugger. Did I mention it's hot, sticky, weed-choked and nasty out there?  There are exactly TWO crops doing well right now... 1.  The wonderful red rice beans:

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That's a 6 foot tall fence, and they're reaching to the ground on the other side. 2.  Husband's experimental tobacco:

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That's 5+ feet tall there, and being sprayed with Bt to keep the nasty chewy things away. Speaking of the Husband, he goes in for surgery on Sept. 3 to repair the disc/remove the bone spur on his vertebra, so the backyard just isn't going to get much attention at all until recovery is made from all that.  Yes, MY recovery too...I'm a champion worrier. *sigh* In the meantime we've been doing a lot of cooking.  The jalapeno soup was spectacular:

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The Shrimp Two Ways (honey lime sauteed and cold with roma tomatoes, avocados and balsamic vinegar) was also mighty good:

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And the made-em-ourselves tamales were so very tasty:

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Things will get back to normal around here eventually, just as soon as all the medical issues sod off, and the heat becomes something less than KILLYOUALLYAAHHH!! outside.