Wasted Money, And Manny The Mantis

June 27, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

It's been a great week so far, productivity is high at my house. I love when I get on a roll and plow through chores and projects quickly.

By the way, Angel is doing very well. She's still a bit sore, but no real damage. Thanks for the prayers.

I bought the sweetener xylitol recently, and I paid $6.99 to get a bag instead of a bunch of little packets, because it is much cheaper that way. I had read that xylitol is a good sweetener instead of sugar, and that it was good for your teeth, so I gave it a try.

What I hadn't read was the potential side effects. That it can tear up your stomach and cause diarrhea of apocalyptic proportions. Oh yeah, it wasn't POTENTIAL with me--it was DESTINED.

After almost two hours of suffering on and off, my body finally forgave me. I did NOT find the Redneck funny when he said we should keep the stuff in case anyone got constipated. So, money wasted. I spoke with a friend this morning who had also tried it, and she said it just made her feel awful. Has anyone else tried it? If so what was your experience? Please let me know in the comments.

On the up side of the week, I performed a rescue this morning.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed something tiny and green in  my kitchen window over the sink. At first I thought a piece of grass had gotten in between the screen and the window, then it moved.

It was a TINY little praying mantis. Somehow he had gotten in the window. I figured he would find his way back out, so I ignored him. Until a couple of days later, when I saw that he was still in the window. And he was a bit bigger. I named him Manny!

I just continued to watch him, thinking maybe he would get out, but last night I realized was now two inches long, and probably couldn't fit through his way out. He had been eating little gnats that would get into the window, so he wasn't starving. However, I knew that I would have to mount a rescue, so my To Do list had 'rescue Manny' written on it.

I tried to simply take the screen off, so I could just let him out that way, but no matter what I tried, it wasn't budging. So I went to plan B. I opened the kitchen window while standing in the sink, and using the small end of a wooden spoon, I gently guided Manny into a mason jar and popped the lid on it. I took him outside and released him into the wild. Then I had to go save a lizard from a cat. Never a dull moment around here--it's a virtual Mutual Of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Marlin Perkins would be proud.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. Good Morning! The sugar alcohol sweeteners (ie..xylitol and erythritol) both make me feel awful too. Oh my! I ended up mixing them half with coconut sugar and natural sugar so that I was at least reducing my sugar content, but could enjoy a nice glass of sweet tea. I do not like stevia....shiver...yuck!

    Glad to hear you are vigilant saving the creatures big and small :) Have a great day!

    1. Stevia is about the only sweetener I can stand. I buy the store brand that measures like sugar. I was so thrown by how I felt using xylitol that I am not going to try it again.

      When we lived in the mountains I always had to save lizards, walking sticks, and mice in the summer, because it was so hot they were always falling into the rain barrels and horse troughs. The weirdest thing I found in my rain barrel was a giant snake! He was just enjoying the water, clinging to the sides of the barrel. Since he wasn't poisonous, I let him hang out till he was ready to leave.


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