Sunday, September 13, 2020

Writers' Pantry #37: Rise of the Stink Bugs

Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! The signs of fall are making themselves evident in my corner of the world. The cherry tree near my house is trying out some orange highlights. My kids are blearily navigating earlier morning wake-up times for remote schooling. And stink bugs in Pennsylvania are finishing up whatever stink bugs do in the summer and starting to look for places to crash for the winter. I am told they don’t mate or lay eggs during this time (thank goodness). The fact that they are more visible means that we are moving towards milder weather, one way or the other (the other time of year I see them is as winter is changing over to spring, when they are leaving their winter digs). 

As someone who loves to notice the cycles of nature around me, and tries to find the beauty of every season, I try to think of it less as “argh… that’s the 9th stink bug I’ve thrown out of the house this morning” and more “ah, well, I guess the cooler weather is here to stay, so I can dig out my favorite sweaters and enjoy chai tea”. At least that’s my goal. What seasonal things do you look forward to?

Knowing that the stink bugs will go away
makes me look forward to winter.


So for our peek into next week, Rosemary will be asking us to consider “last words” or what would we like to be our final message to the world—with the expectation that the day we’d have to consider them is still quite far away! (Of course, any stink bugs reading this over my shoulder should start making preparations sooner.) 

The pantry is now open to your words… poetry or prose, old or new, fiction or non-fiction. Just be sure to keep all prose offerings to 369 words or fewer.

12 comments:

  1. Commiserations on the stink bugs! They sound vile. I didn't think we had them in Australia, but when I Googled to find out what they are, I was told that we do. I think they must be much more prolific over there, though. I don't remember ever having to throw any out of a house, whether I was in a temperate, sub-tropical or tropical clime.

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    1. They're e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e in the early spring and fall. I'm skillful enough to get them out of the house without releasing a stink. But spring is always trickier. That's when they mate, and that smell is also a mating call. So I get hyper aware of any stink bugs before their stink shake brings all their boys to my yard.

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  2. Happy Sunday to all. Stay Safe

    much đź’ť love...

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  3. Around here, the stink bugs and the wasps are making preparations for the winter. I already found a few wasps trying to sneak into the umbrella poles and the stink bugs--the lazier of the two--are starting to find sleeping spots between the folds of the umbrellas' canvases. But I suspect they will be surprised by a Magaly-quake right before we bring the umbrellas in for the winter.

    I hope everyone is staying safe. Happy readings!

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    1. LOL, they are definitely the lazier ones. It makes them very easy to catch, thank goodness.

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  4. I wrote today’s entry two years ago in the throes of Oregon forest fires burning close to our home. Again, Oregon along with California and Washington are burning .... devastating.

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    1. I just come back from rereading your poem, and the same thoughts brewed to mind--it's devastating, the way this terrible things keeps on repeating.

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  5. Happy Sunday everyone! I am back with an installment to my Voodoo Annie story

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  6. Happy Sunday to all! Rommy, I love this sentence that you wrote: "The cherry tree near my house is trying out some orange highlights." Your attitude toward the stinkbugs, also, made me chuckle. I will be back later to read, comment, and post.

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