While I'm whittling away at the backlog, help yourself to the sight of a chunk of ginger root I haphazardly poked into a pot that once contained a nice spray of parsley - until the parsley bugs gorged themselves.
I suspect the green spike next to the root may be related to it. They wiggle in unison when nudged. Maybe someone with a little horticulture know-how could weigh in. (If so, I'd be pleased to know if ginger can be grown in a pot, indoors, in the winter.)
If I haven't already mentioned, ginger is, among other things, one terrific analgesic (pain reliever).1 A great Vioxx-alternative for hard-working, whittling fingers!