Friday, August 08, 2008

Success and Failure in Pillar Place

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflections." - Thomas Paine

In Pillar Place 2008, we had our first success and our first failure. We released the butterfly who hatched yesterday with great success. It was a female (you can tell from the thickness of the black lines on their wings, as well as whether or not there are spots on the lower wing. Illustrations can be found here, if you're interested).

Sadly, it seemed one of our pillars was ill -- possibly with that bacterial whoosie I talked about here. S/he spent the last day vomiting green goo (because my dog vomiting wasn't enough), not eating, and periodically writhing about on the bottom of the container. We gave it a full 24 hours, but s/he was clearly not right. I've raised umpteen monarchs, and have never seen one behave in this way. DD and I made the decision to humanely euthanize it (we put it in the freezer). After a full night in the deep freeze, DD buried it in the milkweed garden and made a little stone cross on its grave.

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Dd is feeling better! Yay! No more loose stools, and she didn't yack at all yesterday. We're doing a little dance of joy.

DD, also, is feeling better. Phew.

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I wrote yesterday. Not much, but boy did it ever feel good!

I got a few more entries into the "Kitchen Matches" contest, but am dying for more. Have YOU entered yet? Come on, we all have a kitchen disaster, yes?

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Stolen from Judy:

The Name Game

1.Your rock star name (first pet, current car)
Becky 4Runner

2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)
Forbidden Chocolate Flip Flop (scared?)

3.Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)
Pink Horse

4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)
Elena Sacramento

5.Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)
Arkma

6.Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
Green Water (I'll ooze over the bad guys and suffocate them!)

7.NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)
Joseph George ... or George Joseph. Georgie Joe? *G*

8.Dancer name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Soap Dark Chocolate (sorry... I don't wear perfume. Ever. Gives me a wicked headache.)

9.TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
Commuti Chattanooga -- woo woo! LOL...

10.Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
Summer Lily

11.Cartoon name:(favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now)
Blackberry Bra

12.Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Muffin Willow

13.Movie star name (first pet, first street where you lived)
Becky Leola

Feel free to steal -- but if you do, let me know so I can go look!

Have a great day.

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7 comments:

Judy Thomas said...

I love Muffin Willow... I think I'll call you that from now on.

anno said...

I love Muffin Willow, too! Sorry about the sick pillar, but glad to hear the rest of your family is feeling better. Have a great weekend!

groovyoldlady said...

I'm glad you didn't have to put DD and Dd in the freezer!

groovyoldlady said...

Oh, and I'm stealing...

Dru said...

Glad everyone is on the mends. I'm going to do the name game.

Brandy said...

Glad to hear Dd and DD are feeling better! Sorry to hear about the pillar. Is it weird that I didn't know they could throw up?
The name game is too fun and funny! *G*
Have a fabulous day!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm glad both dds (dear daughter and dear doggy) are better!