The other day, when Bear and I were driving around enjoying the gorgeous sunshiny afternoon, we passed a Victorian house with clouds of lovely lilac colored phlox and a white picket fence, and I commented on it. Bear immediately launched into the history of the various breeds of phlox, citing one "Edward Giez" as the botanist who discovered how to make them different colors. He ended the rant with, "They call them... 'Phlox of Giez'."
At which point I would have hit him with a frying pan, except that a) he was driving the vehicle we were in, and b) I didn't have a frying pan on me at the time. Note to self: larger purse needed.
I know I've mentioned that we are going to get a hognosed snake sometime soon... as far as we know, the clutches of eggs at the breeder's have yet to hatch.
Excited as we are, though, in preparation for the arrival of our wiggly wee bundle we've prepared a lovely tank, complete with a hollow hiding rock, for his arrival.
Yesterday I stopped by the drugstore on the way home from work to pick up some necessaries, and was standing in line waiting to pay. Right there next to me was a display featuring three-foot-long candy "gummy snakes". One of them was almost the exact same color as the hognose snake in the above photo.
You guessed it... I coiled the gummy snake in the cage, with its head under the hiding rock entrance as if it was just going inside. When Bear got home I told him there was a surprise in the computer room. Just as he got a glimpse of the tank and his eyes popped out, I went over and lifted the lid on the cage, reached inside and yanked the snake out and bit its head off.
I figure that was pretty good revenge for "Phlox of Giez", what do you say?