Tuesday, September 27, 2016

T Stands for Tuesday and the last Butterfly

Hello again Tuesday FRIENDS ♥
It's been another busy week here. The last two butterflies have hatched and flown away.
Here is one at the feeder after the wings have dried. If you click on the photo you should be able to see a video. 
 Monarch at feeder

Then here he is as I released him in the back yard. Click on the photo for the video..
 Monarch Release

Here's one last little video that shows how I know they are ready to let go....on the photo I've drawn circles around the small dots on the lower wings that tell you it's a male. the females don't have dots. This year all of the butterflies I hatched were males. 
 Ready to fly
I forgot to take any new photos for the related drink of the week so I'm re-sharing an old one....
The weather has cooled off big time here so this week I will be cleaning up the veggie garden and putting it to rest for the winter. the only thing really still growing out there is the sweet potatoes and a couple of winter squash. Both of those will be harvested and then everything cleared off. I'm always sad to see it all barren but I'm also a bit tired of dealing with it all too. Must be my age catching up with me :) 
Today's Random Thought

Don't forget to visit the other folks today :) 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

T Stands for Tuesday and Butterflies

Hello my Tuesday Friends :) 
It was a busy week as our stay-cation continued and we did a lot of fun things and then some work around the house. 
 Mid-week was exciting as the first Monarch hatched from it's chrysalis :) 
 On Wednesday the shell was becoming transparent....

 Thursday morning it was totally transparent and by late morning we had a butterfly!

Then a few hours later it was time to let him go.... you can tell it's a male bu the two dots on the lower wing lines. The females do not have the dots. 
I have a couple of cool videos but I can't figure out how to get them on here with the new phone : ( I'll have to work on that for later :) 
I have two more Chrysalis that should be ready in a few days. 
This year was a total learning experience with trying to save eggs and then grow the caterpillars. There are a few things I will do differently next year. 
I promised some more cave photos from last weeks day trip. These were all taken in a section of the cave called "The Lily Pad Cavern" 





The cave is HUGE and the walking tour takes a little over and hour and only shows part of the cave. 
Thanks for joining me this week and don't forget visit the others at 
OH... and here's the required drink photo... the coffee cup from last weeks breakfast outing....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

T Stands for Tuesday & September Stay-cation

Hello my Tuesday FRIENDS! 
It's a fantastic week here!! Hubs and I started a stay-cation on Saturday and the weather has been fantastic!!! 
On Saturday we bought a truck!!! A great truck... from the youngest son who bought an even better one. 
Ours is a 2010 GMC DENALI  that has all the extras you would would ever want and probably not need. I'm most excited about the heated seats and steering wheel--- as a plus the seats are also air conditioned :) 

It was a busy weekend for the Monarch eggs and caterpillars too :) 



Three eggs hatched and one caterpillar made a Chrysalis 



On Sunday we took the youngest daughter  and went hiking at Graham Cave State Park.



The weather was absolutely perfect and it was a beautiful park I'll share more pictures later :) 
On Monday the 3 of us decided to go to one of the big cave tours in Missouri. This one was only an hour and a half from the house and it was amazing.






Again these are just a few of the photos ... I'll share many more some other day :) 
Here's the Hubs at one of breakfast outings over the weekend... of course it's coffee in his  cup :) and I'm drinking ice water with lemon. 

Since I've already shared so many photos  I'll just leave you with one thought for the day.

Linking to...
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Second on the 2nd

It's the 2nd of the month again and time to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard  with... 
The Second on the 2nd Challenge
...where we share a post from the past again. Since it's Sept. again I thought I'd share a post from a previous September. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ahhhh... September! Where did the Summer GO ?

I'm having trouble believing that it is Fall already! With the cold wet long Spring weather it barely seemed like we had a summer this year. 
Even if it was short I managed to stay extremely busy the whole way through.
My new front flowerbeds are starting to look like real flower beds.


My sister contributed a glass garden sculpture that she made from flea market and garage sale glass finds. Love it!!!



The Moon Flower bush behind will have to be moved ...it just got too big and spread over the patio. Plus we had a major problem with the bees and yellow jackets it attracted. :( 
I worked on several wool dyeing projects ...
felted and over dyed a wool jacket I found at a resale shop.
The jacket started out a size 16 W and after felting ended up a size 12 
I wasn't real crazy about the kelly green color so I overdyed it with red and it came out a really pretty purple/brown. 

I will probably add some felted applique or embroidery work to it and replace the buttons.   


I also gave dyeing wool yarn a shot and love the yarns I ended up with ....



Here are the two scarfs I'm working on with the yarns. I totally love the way the yarns worked out and will be doing some more of my own dyeing !

I also started doing my art again .
I joined the 29 Faces in September challenge and have totally enjoyed it. Working on my last piece now.... 
If you're interested you can check them all out on my Art Blog here...

So even though I haven't been blogging I have been very active.... trying not to spend so much time on the computer and more time living.  ♥


After re-reading this post I realized I have never done anything else with the felted jacket so it's time to drag it out and do something about that. With the cooler mornings we've had this week it would have been nice to wear on those early morning walks with the puppy. 
So check out the other work over at