A Type of Eating

To celebrate the Fourth of July, my mother-in-law and her best friend, who’s also my husband’s godmother, came to our place for the day. We visited the local Hawaiian Falls water park and spend most of the afternoon at the house having a cook-in. The entire time, however, if we weren’t doing something else – going on rides, swimming, looking at pictures – we ate. A lot.

My mother-in-law’s best friend said that we keep “noshing.” You see, my husband and I tend to be quite proper in both our written and verbal communication and having never heard that word, Stephen laughed and told her that this must be a “Central Texas thing.” Both Stephen’s godmother and mom grew up in a small town outside Austin, TX and when my mother-in-law confirmed that to nosh is indeed a real expression, he jokingly assumed they had their own vocabulary.

Being the grammar/language stickler that I am, this all spurred my curiosity; so, here it is from my favorite Merriam-Webster online – nosh, intransitive verb, means “to eat a snack” and the noun’s definition is “a light meal.” The first known use of the word was in the 1930-1940s. It is said to originate from the German “naschen” meaning “to nibble” or the Yiddish “nashn.” Apparently, people in the UK use noshing as a slag term for food.

No matter how you say it, I am a 500-pound person on the inside, so I love to nosh.

“Ladybugs all dressed in red…”

When I say “carnivore,” what’s the first image that pops into your head? In my mind, I see a roaring lion.

Now, let’s play associations:

A lion is to a zebra, as a ladybug is to a ____?

If you said grass (just as I did, 5 minutes ago), you were wrong.

I started a vegetable garden in our new home for the first time this spring and my neighbor tagged me in a pin on Pinterest about attracting ladybugs. Apparently, the small, beautiful, red insects are very much carnivores and eat aphids, or plant lice.

The 1/8-inch-long aphids come in different colors (green, brown, red) and live in colonies making them that much more destructive. They eat different types of plants, or suck the juices from the leaves, stem and roots, causing the plant to die. Aphids consume everything from trees, such as cherries and pine, to strawberries and lettuce.

While there are chemical and non-chemical substances that can be used, ladybugs are nature’s pest control against the harmful insects. Just one ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.

So, if you want to house some ladybugs in your yard, here is an easy way to do so.

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