This handsome fellow often frequents our back yard every year. Yesterday was the first time we have actually seen him this year. Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs and this is what makes them look like they are praying. I read up on them and found that they usually mate in the autumn and that is why we are seeing them now. It may be a she, I really don't know. One thing I do know is that they are a natural pest control. They eat other insects.
I've always heard that it is good luck to have them in your garden. That must be because they keep your garden pest free.
Like the praying mantises that we have, I'll be praying for you all today. Sunday is always my day of R and R and this one is no different. I had a busy Saturday and am ready to get that wonderful rest and relaxation in.
R and R is a term first used by the military to stand for rest and rehabilitation. Most soldiers benefit from the rehabilitative process of mixing with civilians, and taking a break from the tense conditions that serving in the armed forces sometimes engenders.
For those not in the military, R and R is often used to refer to taking a vacation or participating in something fun.
So I do hope that whether you are rehabilitating or relaxing it is a wonderful Sunday for you!
'On Ya'- ma