Salivary Gland Biopsy Experience 

Spent half of a morning in the ENT office for a salivary gland biopsy. Found myself waiting for a good while so decided to take a few pics. 


I recommend ice, ibuprofen and don’t plan to talk a lot afterwards. 

Autoimmune diseases are no joke. 

A Visit from a Praying Mantis

So today I was sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather and this little guy decided to visit. 


Aka Mantis Relgiosa. They have very long front legs that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying. Praying mantids are carnivores, eating mainly insects and other small animals. Many gardeners and farmers welcome mantids, because the insects they eat are often pests that hurt crops. 

The mantids also eat spiders, frogs, lizards, and even small birds.


 They can turn their heads 180 degrees—an entire half circle. They’re well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. 


Photos by: Cindie Harper

Day-Lilly

Hemerocallis fulva, the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily (also railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, and wash-house lily), is a species of daylily native to Asia. 


It is not a true lily in the genus Lilium, but gets its name from the similarity of the flowers and from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. 

The Praying Mantis aka Mantis religiosa. They are Invertebrates and Carnivores. Their average life span is about 1 year. 

I was walking around my family’s property and spotted this baby Praying Mantis on a Peony. 

There were about 9 in this small area.



I went back about 2 weeks later and could only find two. 



They grew a lot. They are fascinating creatures who are great for gardens. 


Photos by: Cindie Harper

A visit to the Opthalmologist 


Opthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball. 


An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. 


Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are both surgical and medical specialists. 

I spent almost 4 hours at the Opthamologist having various tests completed so I kept myself busy photographing the equipment because I find it fascinating.