Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Miller Moth Murders

A gruesome tale that is relived every June on the farm.  This year seems to be especially horrific due to the shear numbers of invading miller moths that seem to make their way into every sliver of space between a door and the door jamb, the crack of the door in the car, and of course they have ninja powers that gets them into the house when you open the door.

The cats usually are very happy during this season because it gives them live prey to chase.  However even the cats seem to be overwhelmed by the shear number of miller moths.

Every morning I open the french door only to find a new layer of live moths tucked in around the door seal.  Of course, the mere act of opening the door releases the miller moth cloud out onto the deck and invariably some manage to do a 180 and end up in the house.  Flyswatters are strategically placed throughout the house to maximize the murder spree that ensues.  Smacked off the ceiling, walls, windows, curtains, around the night lights and even on the furniture.  No surface is safe from their dirty, nasty selves and once they are killed they leave a horrid mess behind of moth dust.

Usually after the killing season is over, all the curtains get a fresh run in the washing machine.  For the next 2 months or so I will be vacuuming up miller moth carcasses as they seem to fall behind everything.  The cats will find them and have a crunchy snack sometimes.  I guess they taste good enough to them.

This year there was even a swarm off the trees along the driveway as I drove home at night.  That was a bit freaky because it looked like a cloud just launched off the trees and you never knew if they were going to die when they hit the vehicle or if they would just attack it and slither into a crack for a better spot to spend the night.

Thankfully, it is now July 9 and they are no longer found in every crack and crevice.  I don't know where they move on to but all I can say is I am glad the unwanted guests are gone.  Now to clean up what they left behind and dispose of their dead relatives.

Halloween is just around the corner. . . .

As usual my brain has shifted into high gear as the haunting season is nearing.  Thanks to my crazy friends who find cool ideas for me and pass them on.  That leads me more ideas and then next thing you know I realize it is July and I only have 3 months to get this all ready.  So in the spirit of the season I am enlisting my friends and fans to help me.

PROJECT #1:  Milk Jug Ghosts
100 Glow sticks purchased, another 100 to be purchased. Now I need 200 milk jugs empty and with a ghostly face on them. Come on friends, help me out with this project. Be creative and give me some good ghosts for the Halloween House! 

What I would like you to do is as you empty a gallon milk jug, wash it out and then take a black marker and put a face on it! When you have that done, put it in my car or drop it by the Farm Bureau office when I am there. I will take them up until October 1.

 PROJECT #2:  Baby Boo Spiders
I am currently growing the bodies of these little cuties.  I hope to have about 100 and will need a few friends to help assemble them.  Mostly will need a hot glue gun operator (please send resume), pipe cleaner bender and insertion specialist (resume required) and eye ball insertion specialist (no medical degree necessary).  I think this will be an afternoon party project so if you are interested just send me a facebook message and I will let you know what Saturday or Sunday afternoon we are doing these.  But likely it will be October 12, wine will be served!

PROJECT #3:  Giving Yard Spider a Glow in the dark skin.
I have the glow in the dark paint so just need to get him moved out of the brome grass and sit down and paint him a fresh coat of paint.  I think he is going to live on the driveway somewhere this year.

PROJECT #4:  Construct the Haunted House picture wall
This one is going on the east deck so that visitors can have a Halloween photo of them visiting the Halloween House.  I am taking the inspiration from picture #1, creating it into picture #2 set up and picture #3 is similar to what the finished photo will look like.  So here is my thoughts on this one - OSB cut into the shape, 2 circle windows will be eye balls looking out (I have those actually already) and the people will be in the large arch opening in the bottom middle.  I might make a couple of long, slender holes on either side.  The stone look is going to be accomplished by spray foam and spray paint.  Spider webbing will be involved somehow.
Take this picture with all its creepy elements and build it into this below.

Notice that there are a couple holes cut out in the frames (see brick wall) those are where the people look out to get their picture taken like they did below.

As you can see, there are some serious plans being made to make the Halloween House even more fantastic than in years past.  So mark your calendars for October 19 from 2p-5p.  Come out and see all the crazy stuff I have come up with this year!