Wednesday, October 10, 2012

whoa... it's a pitcher plant... (plus i'm back)

sorry for the blurry. this is from pinterest and i had to enlarge.

It has been a while, hasn't it? A little more than 2 months, to be exact. I feel rather refreshed. I hope y'all haven't missed me too much. Here are some things that have happened while I was gone.

  • Write, write, write ~ I started a writing class, along with my sisters. It's fun. So far, we've been writing essays and some business letters.
  • Fun in the sun ~ We went on vacation! This was in September. We went to the beach and had a blast playing in the water and riding our bikes. Not to mention eating Oreos and watching TV late at night. :)
  • Of course ~ I started back to school. Eleventh grade, people! This year I'm working on lots of fun stuff, including Botany, Health, and Everyday Math. Delightful, do you not agree?
What have you been doing lately?
So my new expectations for blogging. I hope to blog more, 'bout lots of stuff that's going on. Pinterest has taken up most of my internet time. I'm sure you can relate. I think I'll stop looking on Pinterest, and start blogging. And I'm not going to be on here just because I'm bored. I'll come here when I have something to say. Hopefully, there will be some interesting, informational stuff on here more often. So what do you think? Is there anything you'd like me to post about? Are you overjoyed to see me back on? Of course you are. :)

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Looooong Fun fact for the day (from Botany):

Pitcher plants are tall, vase-like plants that hold a sweet-smelling cup of nectar. When an insect tries to eat the nectar, it loses its balance and slides down the slippery sides of the 'vase' and gets stuck. Why can't it climb up? There are little prickles on the inside of the 'vase' that point downward. The prickles poke the insect every time it tries to climb up. In addition, at the bottom of the vase there is a pool of rainwater. Within minutes, the insect drowns in the water, and is digested by the pitcher plant, leaving only the exoskeleton.                   

*evil laugh*

"Why?" you sob, "Why do these cruel plants destroy the innocents bugs so mercilessly?!" Well, the answer is simple. Plants need nitrogen. Usually they get it from the soil, but pitcher plants (along with any other kind of carnivorous plant) are able to live where the soil is not so good, all because they can get their nitrogen from insects. Pretty neat, eh? God sure made some amazing creatures!

(this link is from wikipedia if you wanted to know more about Pitcher plants. Sorry for the evolutionary influence. :P)


Shelley said...

I've never heard of those kinds of plants, very fascinating! Thanks for sharing that fun fact! :) And welcome back to the blogosphere Abby! Glad to have you back!

Mina said...

Welcome back!
What is the URL of your Pinterest?, I want to follow you:D
or you can just follow me and it will notify me if you want, mine is:

Abby said...

Shelley~ Thanks! I think they're fascinating too.

Mina~ *sheepish grin* Actually, I don't have a Pinterest. But I like to look at others' Pinterests. If I get one, I'll definitely follow you. :)

Meggan said...

That's interesting! Those are beautiful plants though. You could post some of your writing assignments also, if you feel the need to discipline your posting schedule. It might help if people give you host constructive critiques. Some know how busy you are so, cut yourself a little slack. :-)