Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Smatterings

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt

DD got her stitches out with some success... she can put a little weight on the foot, but taking "real" steps hurts because it pulls (since the injury was where the toes bend). Yesterday, we were outside for a bit, and a deerfly started buzzing her and wouldn't stop. She whacked at it with her hat, but it wouldn't leave it alone, so without thinking she turned to run.

Not a good idea. &%$# deerfly.

Still, the doctor has decreed that her foot will be healed enough by next weekend that she can go swimming in the lake again. She is thrilled!

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Evidently our milkweed is on the map this year. Not only do we have monarchs (three more came inside yesterday and DD named all nine of them but I don't remember what the names were except Sylvia, Dew, Cassie and Curly), and milkweed beetles (these don't make me happy -- their larva actually bore into the roots and stalk to eat which effectively kills the plant), but yesterday DD said, "Mom, this leaf is hairy!"

We turned it over, and look what we found:


Want a closer look?


Aren't they COOL!?! They are the larva of the Milkweed Tussock Moth and they get to be just GORGEOUS as they get older. Check out this picture (not mine):



And, no, they are NOT coming inside. We'll just enjoy them in their natural habitat.

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Today, I will spend building next week's pages for the LASR/WC website. AND... getting ready for the LASR anniversary party that starts on Friday, August 1st. Remember, besides all the really amazing prizes that include books and various other cool stuff, the grand prize is a $50 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com!! Have YOU promoted it on YOUR blog yet? You get an extra entry in every daily contest AND into the GC drawing if you do :-)

Have a great Sunday!

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6 comments:

Dru said...

I like today's quote.

I'm glad DD is on the mend and I bet she's extremely happy that she can go swimming again.

Nice photo shot of the larva.

Have a good and pleasant Sunday.

Melissa said...

Hugs to you dd. But it's great she'll be swimming soon.

I have one thing to say about your pictures. Ick!

Allie Boniface said...

Um, sure...cool...

anno said...

Are the grown moths called something else? I looked all over (ok, really, only on one or two pages), but I found pictures only of the larvae, not of the mature moths. If you're thrilled to find the larvae, I guess I am, too...

Hope DD feels better soon!

Marianne Arkins said...

Why doesn't anyone else think the larvae are cool?? I think they're cool... pretty... nifty...

And, Anno... a picture of the moth is here:

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3808

Brandy said...

Um, those larva are, uh, nifty! *G* And a bit scary. *G*

Sounds like you have good plans for the day. Glad to hear that DD's stitches are now out! WOO!

Have a good Sunday!