Wordy Wednesday, Almost Thursday

I promised some random thoughts, and finally have a few minutes to jot them down.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly that overwintered in the shed emerged from its chrysalis this past week.

I parted with my camera for a couple of weeks, leaving it for repair. I hope no new birds show up in the yard during this time. I’m trying not to look! Thankful phones have cameras now, but mine isn’t much good for bird photography.

Now that my hands are empty, I’m purging more clutter from the house. I donated fabric to a local quilting group. There’s still plenty left should the sewing machine beckon; though, when trying to alter a top, the bobbin refused to bob bob bob along. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) 

Strathmore (artist paper) hosts three free online workshops each year. March featured Jess Park with Brush Lettering and Watercolor. The video lessons are available throughout 2017. The link at the beginning of the paragraph introduces each of this year’s artists and gives examples of their work and medium. Someone once told me to be willing to learn anything someone was willing to teach me, so I’m always trying new things.

Another recent fixation is making jewelry. I had a couple pieces that needed repair. Then I found a kit at Hobby Lobby

I opened the package, found the kit component list. I’d seen hubby assemble enough things that I knew to sort everything out and make sure it was all there: 50 of these, 220 of those, 15 of another, 32, 20, 140… (to infinity). All was accounted for.

Tools needed? Have them.

I made the earrings according to the directions, then moved on to the bracelet. “Form a loop on one end of the wire and begin randomly stringing beads on to fill up the wire.” 12 different types of beads, 754 pieces. All sorted out–then put on randomly?

I’m a bookkeeper. I don’t take numbers and do “random!” I’m pretty sure something short-circuited in my neural network at that point. I took a deep breath and began. 

Now I’m hooked! Here’s the bracelet and earrings I made. (My loops need more practice).

It is now officially Thursday. I rambled on quite a bit, I hope you were able to stay awake to the end. What are you working on this week? Have you tried anything new lately? How did it turn out? 

Have a blessed rest of your week!
Love ya!




Friday’s Hunt v2.11

Friday’s Hunt v2.11

This week we’ve searched high and low to come up with Starts with K, Week’s Favorite, and Yellow or Gold. 

I walked around the neighborhood recently looking for Starts with K. Surely, I would pass a skateboarder wearing Knee pads, or find a Knocker on someone’s door. Nope. There was a Kia in front of a house, but I didn’t think it wise to walk up the driveway and take a picture of the nameplate. Thinking back, I could have snapped a pic of the entire car and captioned the photo. So, to make my long story shorter, here are my offerings for this week:

Week’s Favorite and Yellow

Black Swallowtail butterfly–newly emerged Wednesday morning
Starts with K–Keys in Knob


Friday’s Hunt v2.9

Friday’s Hunt

This week we’re hunting for Starts with I, Week’s Favorite, and Pink.

“I” is for instar. This is the first-stage caterpillar from the egg of a Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

I see a huge gap between the first and second photos. Please scroll down to see #2-3. Thanks!



















Week’s Favorite: Black Swallowtail chrysalis

If you look closely, you can see the delicate web “girdle” attaching it to the stem. I witnessed a Northern Cardinal snacking on a large caterpillar, so I put a few in an aquarium in the kitchen to preserve some butterflies. 

Pink: Our Encore Azalea is blooming

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Weekly Photo Challenge–Threshold

Our Weekly Photo Challenge is to show a photo representing a threshold–the anticipation of what is to come.

I chose the Black Swallowtail butterfly from June 2013 prepared to make its first flight into the great outdoors.

Black Swallowtail

To see more thresholds, or to share your photo, click Weekly Photo Challenge.

Backyard in May 2013

This was the view from the laundry room. Where's Waldo?
This was the view from the laundry room Saturday morning. Where’s Waldo?
Now you can see him/her better.
Now you can see him/her better.
The Yarrow has really spread out this year.
The Yarrow has really spread out this year.
Asiatic Lilies are laden with buds.
Asiatic Lilies are laden with buds.
High Mallow--one of the first garden plants I bought, and it never disappoints. Still a favorite.
High Mallow–one of the first garden plants I bought, and it never disappoints. Still a favorite.
Walker's Low Catmint
Walker’s Low Catmint


Irises don't last long enough!
Irises don’t last long enough!
Another new butterfly preparing for its first flight.
Another new butterfly preparing for its first flight.

I’m glad you stopped by! 







Random 5 Friday 5/10/13

I’ve enjoyed reading Random 5 Friday posts at Nancy’s blog, and decided to join in the fun this week. 

1. I have been remiss in sharing that I won a giveaway MONTHS ago on Nancy’s blog. It’s a matted photo of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, featuring her wonderful photographic skill and texture effects. You know how enamored I am of birds, anyway, and it was the first thing I ever won on a blog. Thanks, Nancy!

2. I’ve felt like a dog chasing its tail this week. I spent the better part of the last two weeks at my daughter’s–a new granddaughter arrived–and three days of driving the home-schooled siblings for their yearly testing, something I enjoy helping with. It must be the side effects of pretending to be a morning person. 

3. There’s a lot of noise coming from the backyard bird feeders today. A nest of House Finches must have fledged and are begging the parents, “Feed me, feed me…” Exactly what it sounds like.

4. About a dozen Black Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalises over-wintered in our shed and are now emerging in an aquarium in my kitchen. I open the window, which is where they head immediately. Most have to stop, or fall into the sink, but eventually they set sail in the breeze on brand new wings. Sadly, I witnessed a Northern Mockingbird snatching one as it made its way across the yard. 

5. Thinking of five random things is harder than it looks! I hope you’ll join us some Friday. Here are Nancy’s rules to play by:

1. Link up a blog post with 5 random facts about you, your day, your pets, your kids, whatever!
2. Posts not containing 5 random facts may be deleted (sorry, but I don’t ask much!)
3. Visit a few other participants if you are able. This is a very friendly community!

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