Monday, July 27, 2015

Record Breaking Rainfall

At this moment, when the temperatures outside are gaining into the 3-digit regions, it is hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago, we were all sloshing about in record breaking rains.

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It filled up a bunch of the region's lakes quite significantly, and we drove out the Lake Fort Phantom the other day to GAWK at how the levels had risen.
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We couldn't believe how high the water was ( relatively speaking, for you nitpickers out there ), 
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and it wasn't long before more and more people started arriving and parking their vehicles to just LOOK at the lake in disbelief and wonderment, as we have had to deal with drought and extremely low lake levels for years now.
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I mean, just look at all the foliage that is now underwater, that had had the opportunity to grow in the last few years.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015


I never had a chance to "grow" a butterfly when I was a child, and I have been doing it vicariously through Jaxon's "Life Cycle" lessons.

PLUS, living out here in the country with plenty of butterfly-attracting foliage makes it easier to spot them caterpillars when the time comes around.

This time, we had several attempts at rearing these little creatures.

First, we caught Hummingbird Moth larva on our lawn.  I have no idea why I don't have any photos of the larva, seeing how I am quite trigger happy with a camera, being Asian and all, you know.....

ANYWAY, after a little bit of research, we discovered that these larvae burrow into the soil to pupate. So, we put the little one into a jar with soil and waited.

After oh, I don't know, a couple of weeks, out emerged THIS impressive fellow...
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whom we released after oohing and aahing for a bit and taking some obligatory photos.

A few days later, I came across some "Question Mark Butterfly" caterpillars on one of our trees out here, and it was "ooooooh!" all over again.. eheheh.
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All four of them formed chrysalises, but one of the chrysalises had some sort of spasmodic epileptic episode one night and turned black the next day.
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You can't really tell from the photos, but there were shiny metallic spots on the outside of the chrysalis.

The other 3 turned out really nicely, and hatched uneventfully., so we got to release one just about every other day.
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It was surprising to see the red blood-like liquid that dripped off of it. ( Update : I have since learned that it is actually metabolic wastes/meconium from while it was going through its metamorphosis )

Also, do you see its namesake question mark on the underside of its wing?
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The empty shell that was left was still pretty much intact.
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Here's the question mark from another angle.

Apparently the trick to gently getting a butterfly to stay on your hands/fingers is to release them while their wings were still not fully dry so they wouldn't be so quick to fly off.
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It was quite ticklish, but thrilling as well.

We then laid them gently on a plant in one of the flower beds so that they could finish drying their wings.
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Quite magnificent, aren't they?

The little boy very much wanted to have it on his hand, but got so absolutely ticklish that he was quite content to just watch after a while.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Now that I am a homeschooling mom/marm,

the first thing that ran through my mind when I found this on our lawn one morning was, "I can show Jaxon a molted snake skin! Woohoo, Jackpot!"

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of course, it was NOTHING compared to the epic snakeskin of '05

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Not a Rom Com

Just finished watching About Time ( 2013 )

Ah. The. Feels.

Yes, there is some language and whatnot, but what a lovely soundtrack as well...

Monday, July 20, 2015

I can't very well merge the two....

Seeing how I am a stay at home/homeschooling mom at the moment, a great deal of my day is spent with the little one.

Therefore, it is no surprise that a lot more things would get posted over on the other blog as opposed to this one.

But never fear, you were my first-born blog, and will be periodically updated as well!
So, be kind and be brave and onward and upward, Hi Ho Silver AWAY!