Another SPOTH

We have another Strange Plant Of The Hour. Take a look.


Even though it looks like something that you might rake up and then throw into the composting bin, that is not just a leaf; it is a whole plant. This plant puts out exactly one leaf, which sits on top of the plant, covering it completely. Here is a closer view.


I have been assured by my experts that there is a plant under there, and it owns this leaf. It only ever puts out exactly one leaf. The single leaf covers the plant entirely.


In case you feel an overpowering urge to run out and procure one of these, here is what it is called:

Say that three times quickly without spitting up.

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This is a new theme on this blog. Strange Plant Of The Hour…. SPOTH. Since we have so many strange plants growing in our basement, and since I have been having trouble thinking up things to post on this blog, and since this was really somebody else’s idea anyway, I thought that it might be entertaining to show the diversity of what the plants can come up with in their quest to be different.

So, let’s do it.

Today’s SPOTH, the first in this series, is this…..

The First

Yes. There is a plant in there. Let’s take a closer look.


This… um….. plant… is a just a little ball with a little tuft of hair on its noggin.


Looks like a Muppet®…… having a bad hair day.

In case you have not nodded off, and you are still interested, here is what it is.


Pronouncing that so that you can order one on the phone is your problem.

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OK. Here is another sign of Spring. The Chickadees were checking out their house again.


He is really looking in that hole. Let’s zoom in a bit closer.


Still checking out what is inside the house.

Zoom in.


He is really doing a thorough inspection.

And he doesn’t even know that he is being watched. HA!


Oops. Busted!

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Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn’t.


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Winter is Over

Our neighbor across the street just took delivery on a brand new snowblower…. and it is a nice, expensive one too.

No more snow this year.


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When Bread Goes Bad

I have been experimenting with my Ciabatta bread, trying out some on-line suggestions to make it more tasty….. like letting it sit in the fridge over night…. which was a disaster….. or in this case letting it autolyse for an hour before adding the salt and yeast.  This experiment is not going well. Check out my latest result.

Holy Bread!

Yikes! I think it got over-hydrated or something. It was flat as a pancake when it  went into the oven. The holes on top are sort of out of control.

It even looks a little angry….


It ain’t pretty when bread goes bad.

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Dirt! Ewwwww!!!

Due to some allergy problems we have been having…..  and to deal with that New England Catarrh…. which appears to be one of the costs of living here in New England…..  I put an air filter in the basement.

It looks like this:

FilterYep. That’s right, it’s just a cheap box fan from the Big Box Home Improvement Store (BBHIS) with a cheap Heat/AC filter stuck on the back of it. It looks like this from the other side.


When the fan is running, the filter sticks to the back of it. No mechanical connection is required. This setup cost me less than $30, and it replaces a HEPA system that sells for $800…. plus $200 for each replaceable filter insert.

I know it is working because after about a month and a half, the filter looks like this…..

ewwwww…. look at that old filter. I have put a new filter down next to it so you can see the difference. Gross! That filter is supposed to last for 90 days. This is what it looks like after half that time.

We’re breathing that?


Well, I guess we aren’t breathing it any more because it’s stuck in the filter.

Oh, and here are the construction instructions…..

Go to the HarDware store and get:

  • Cheap 20″ x 20″ Box Fan – $16.96
  • Cheap 20″ x 20″ FPR 4 (MERV 8) pleated paper filters – 3 for $8.97

Directions: Turn on fan; put filter on back of fan; take care for proper air flow direction; enjoy clean air.

Even an old Software Guy can do this.

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Word of the Day

The word of the day is….


A lithops is  a little desert plant, also called a “Living Stone”, that looks like this;


… or like this….

More Lithops

They don’t do much. They just sort of sit there looking like rocks or alien brains or something. But every now and then, they decide to bloom, and they do this.


Pretty cool. Here is the official name of the plant that is blooming.

Name Tag

And here is a closer view of the flower.


There are some amazing things in our basement.

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The Chickadees were back at their house today to check it out.


The two of them come by occasionally during the Winter and take a look. They never go in, but they poke their heads in and look around…. and then move on.

Is it Spring yet?

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Happy New Year!

New Years Resolution: Blog more.

It has been a few months since I blogged. Been busy. I will come back after I think of something clever to write.

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