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Delicious Flame (Grapes)

I had  finished my chores and eaten lunch, and decided to go outside to Effieland and pick some more Flame grapes while proprietress Effie napped inside.

I picked a pound and five ounces in a couple of minutes, and it took another 10 minutes or so to rinse and stem the grapes. Effie slept through the whole project, completely incurious.

Flames are now my favorite variety of grape. They are sweet with zing, and festively colorful.

Earwigs tend to like grapes as well. Earwigs are also my least favorite bug. With fair consistency, one will emerge from the grapes while I am rinsing them and race creepily along my hand. One did this as I rinsed the grapes I picked today. I flicked the slithery creature into the drain and provided  a hot-water escort to hasten its journey.

Flame grapes

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The brief natural history of a particular earwig

Outdoors the temperature was rising and rain was falling. Indoors I was dusting. Because the dining room table had been moved too close to the window, a particular earwig landed on my shoulder when I bumped the window frame with my shoulder for want of clearance between the table and the window, or he would still be alive. However, as things are, the particulate matter of this particular earwig is equably distributed between the dining room floor and the sole of my shoe.
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desensitizing: closer earwig encounter

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kind of an earwig moment–a serial drama


earwig-related damage to bathroom door



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