I went to The Black Eyed Peas concert last Thursday with my very pregnant BFF Andrea. We knew that the rapper Ludacris was opening for BEP, but we had NO idea that a group called LMFAO was going to go on before Ludacris.
We could not stop laughing during LMFAO! Not only is Andrea ready to pop any day, I was wearing ear plugs (flesh colored so you couldn't see them) and every other word out of this group's mouth was a swear word or some reference to sex. Not that we cared, except here we are "trying" to be hip and cool at a BEP show pregnant and with ear plugs - some how the two just didn't mix.
At one point Andrea yelled to me over the screaming crowd, "Am I the worst mom ever for coming to this show?" I answered, "No. Just make sure to remind you son when he's a teenager that you were pretty cool in your prime!"
I have a feeling her son won't believe that she actually went to a Ludacris and BEP concert...doesn't matter we had a great time at the show!
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)