Post-Yardwork Julep

Finish something worthwhile in the yard.

Take a shower.

Don boxers and a white t-shirt.

Take an ice tea glass and fill halfway with ice.

Add three fingers of gin.

Fill with cold orange gatorade to within one centimeter of the lip.

Add the juice of a quarter lemon, then jam the lemon down below the ice.

Stir and drink slowly while the ice melts slightly.

Dreher’s Latest

From Dreher’s Christianity’s America Problem

Business as usual is over, church people. There will be no “taking our country back”; you will be lucky if our country’s fast-emerging culture doesn’t take our faith away from our kids. Don’t you doubt it. If you have been the sort of Christian who equated Christianity with the American way of life, you had better rethink that, and fast.

It pains me to think about how quickly this happened. And we are trying to fight back with electoral politics when we won’t even use real wine in communion, or commune every Sunday, or chant the psalms every Sunday, or build Christian schools. I need to cuss about this.

Remix Alert: Flag

I’ve re-recorded the snare and hi-hat part and remixed the song “Flag” from last year’s 52 weeks project. It’s still not up to radio volume yet, so sharing it here won’t hurt the sales of my mega kanye-sized EP that will drop later this year. By “re-mix” I just mean that I completely rebalanced, eq’ed, compressed, cajoled, and prayed through a re-engineering of the song. This not a remix as in slow-it-down-and-add-rapping. I think this should sound better than the one on bandcamp, but the older mix has virtues too, I suppose:

Wasp Sipping Observed / Odd Frog Amidst the Yucca

I was in the backyard all yesterday doing yardwork; it was a pretty interesting day. At one point, a wasp flew into view. He hovered over the surface of the pool, then landed on the surface of the water with his wings raised in a V like Jeremy. Then the wasp quaffed deeply for about 10 seconds. I actually could see him drinking. Then he took off very skillfully, beating the wings but never touching them to the water. I had no clue that wasps could land on water and stand on surface tension.

I also removed a few yucca plants and found this guy:

Frog nap interrupted

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I think he must be some kind of tree frog, but I’m not sure. I carefully cut this blade of the yucca out and put it under the shrubbery. He stayed on it almost the whole morning. I had almost gotten so frustrated with the weeds in this yard that I was getting close to using some round-up, but seeing this little guy solidified my commitment to not use anything that could harm amphibians in the yard. I like the frogs, the tiger geckos, the anole lizards, etc. It’s amazing to have so many fascinating critters in the yard.

Carpenter Bees

My dad’s theory is that carpenter bees go by color to figure what is and what is not wood. We have some brown-painted trim on our house and sure enough, I found a place where the carpenter bees have gone to work. I think he’s right. I saw the bees doing a kind of probe of all the brown things in our backyard, including the brown gutters. They have, however, made no holes in any of the red-painted trim in our yard.

I killed about 45 of them this weekend. We removed a pergola that was kind of mis-sized for our backyard and it was full of carpenter bee holes. Once the pergola was gone all the bees were trying to come back to look for their homes. I found a lot of success by using a tennis racket to kill the bees while they were swarming. Such destructive creatures.