Thursday, May 19, 2011

This Is Not a Blogpost . . .

At this moment a two-foot long armadillo is outside the window screen of the house in which I'm working.  It is rooting in the leaves for grubs or worms or cockroaches, or whatever bugs he can find here.  My daughter, Hannah, and I stand on this side of the window watching, not two feet away from the creature.  It's dark out, but enough light from the window is cast on his bony plates that we can see him quite nicely.  

Hannah tells me they are called lunch boxes for Florida black bears here, because the bears, which are native to Florida, peel off the armor of the armadillos, which are not, to eat them live.

Despite the ridicule I will certainly endure for this entry, after publicly swearing off blogging for two weeks of more serious writing, I know you are happy to have this bit of information.

Say what you will, oh best beloved taskmasters,  I finished writing chapter 22 today. dkm

9 comments:

hannahmiller said...

This most definitely IS a blog post! But because you finished chapter 22 I suppose I can't give you a hard time.

hannahmiller said...

And also, this blog mentions my name twice, which I am hoping is a precursor for my name in the acknowledgements of the book. In all fairness, the armadillo should also get a mention.

Nicole said...

Grin, just see it as a small reward for finishing what you did :)
Would love to see one of these creatures in the wild, whoa!

Pearl said...

great new title for this form of writing:"This is not a Blogpost."

You are making better progress, Deb, than this writer, that is for certain. My Chicago girl is having surgery on her shoulder at this minute, so send powerful thoughts all you fellow-procrastinators at the keyboards.

dkm said...

Best healing thoughts coming your way! And best wishes for wisdom and nimble fingers to her surgeon!

Jane Robertson said...

I had no idea you had armadillos in the US :-O This is not a blog post, it's a revelation!! How exciting.

I'm not sure re the 'lunch box' info, whether we readers are meant to be pleased that the native bears get a pre-packaged feed or whether we are meant to sympathise with the armadillo...or just accept that this is nature's hierachy...

Jane Robertson said...

Whoops - hierarchy

Niki said...

This is not a comment...
Aren't armadillos the most comical and beautiful creatures. Oh dear! I can just see the bear unwrapping its lunch :( That image is going to be stuck with me all weekend now! Thanks Deb! I was about to have morning tea. :)

Niki said...

Photos??