Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ends and Beginnings

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. ~Jeffrey Glassberg

We released our one and only monarch butterfly on Tuesday. Lenape went through her life cycle in a picture perfect way and we wish her well.

I washed out all our containers and boxed everything up for another year. Pillar Place 2009 is over, and was a year that will go down as our worst yet. I sincerely hope things shape up next year.

We also made Dakota's day:

I spent a good part of the day pulling weeds again yesterday. It's amazing to me how quickly they grow and how strong and deep their roots are. I feel it could easily be an analogy for something (maybe negative thinking?), but am only on cup of coffee #1 so the brain isn't up and running at full speed yet. What do you think -- what can fast-growing, strong with deep roots be an analogy for?

The goldfinches are out in full-force at my feeders. This is the time when their babies hatch -- they are later than most birds because they eat seed exclusively and need to wait until things go to seed in order to be able to feed their babies well. At any given moment during the day, I can look out my window and see two dozen little yellow bodies covering my feeders. They're so pretty :-)

School starts in two weeks. DD is not happy. I'm not exactly thrilled either -- she tends to forget it's just as much work for me, and that summer vacation is a vacation for both of us! I occasionally envy the mothers who celebrate the start of school because they earn a bit of "me" time... but still, at least for now, I'm happy I'm homeschooling. This year will mark some changes though: we're planning on getting quite active in a local homeschool group, and DD will have a series of classes she'll be participating in. I'm going to have to figure out how to use time more efficiently than ever.

Wish me luck.


Read any good, funny romances lately? I'm looking for some new rom/com's to read.


Your Defense Mechanism is Humor

When life gets you down, you just have to laugh. And that's a very healthy reaction.

It's not that you don't take your problems seriously. You do. You just don't let them control you.

You are able to make the best of things, even when things look very, very bleak.

Some people may consider your sense of humor to be dark, but it has served you well!

Um... mostly.



jmberrygirl said...

Mine said humor too, but it's wrong. My coping mechanism involves re-hashing the situation until I'm sick of hearing it (and so is everyone around me) and then moving on. ;)

Dru said...

My Defense Mechanism is Humor

Lenape is beautiful.

Sorry, most of the books I've been reading have been mysteries.

Have a good Thursday.

Anonymous said...

Yay on the last butterfly release, hope next year is better.

That bone is bigger than Dakota LOL.

Brandy said...

Dakota looks so cute with that huge bone. Did she try to drag it around? *G*
I hear you on the homeschooling. The kids think they're the only ones who do the work. HA!
Lanape was beautiful. I'm sorry your Pillar Place time didn't go as well this year.
My Defense Mechanism is Sublimation. It's sort of correct.
I can't remember the last time I read a new Rom/Com. They aren't being published as much anymore, which I miss. Someone at the RT boards may have a list under Theme's.

I hope you have a great day!

groovyoldlady said...

I couldn't take that quiz. Not one answer they provided was one that suited me. I've never needed a job and have never been fired. I haven't had a break up for, oh, 30 years or so. And they never include prayer or seeking wise cousel in any of the answers.

Stupid quizes!

We had many goldfinches, but we had to take the feeders down while we were painting. :-(

If you're talking about deep roots in WEEDS, I'd say the analogy is that some problems in life are too deep for us to deal with on our own; We need tools and very often, help from others (especially God) to get those nasties out of our lives and keep them at bay.

Tori Lennox said...

Your Defense Mechanism is Regression

Problems? What problems? You are pretty good at avoiding what's wrong in your life.
Whenever you're feeling down, you just blow off steam.

You may be irresponsible and immature, but at least you don't let yourself get stressed out.
Everyone needs to be a little naughty every now and then!

That is so not me!

LOL! My word verification word is "banter".