Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Welcome Xi

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In Pillar Place: Monarch, we hatched our first butterfly. Welcome Xi:

We released her (we can tell she's female because of the really dark black lines on her wings) around 4 pm yesterday, not realizing that a MASSIVE storm was headed our way. We had incredible high winds, lightning and some rain. The winds were unbelievable, though, so hopefully Xi found a nice, thick tree to hide in for the duration. We lost power for a few minutes, but apparently there are downed trees north of us and a few thousand folks are without power because of it.

I'm glad we got rain, but the wind I could have done without.


We've been seeing the cat outside quite a bit -- several times yesterday. I'm actually giving some thought to "keeping" it. I've wanted an outdoor cat for the chipmunk/vole/squirrel problems we have (though it would mean not putting out the bird feeders again.

If I do decide to "keep" it, I'm going to trap it, get it fixed and vaccinated and then re-release it. Might set up a nice weather proof dog house and feed it now and then (not too much if I want it to catch critters). We'll see. I ran it by my DH and he didn't say no ... so...


I'm still sick. Feeling dopey. Need to respond to comments from yesterday. I was hardly on the computer yesterday because I had a massive sinus headache. I even laid down for an hour, which is very unusual for me.

I hope I'm on the upside today. We'll see...


You Are Trustworthy

Of all the types, you are the most responsible and loyal. You take your duties seriously.

You thrive when you are able to do something practical and productive. You hate to waste your time.

Some people say that you are a bit neurotic or cautious, but you believe it's better to be safe than sorry.

You do your best to live a engaging and important life. You want what you do to matter.

That's about 75%...



MomJane said...

Hope you feel lots better today. I don't always post my results on the quiz things, because usually my results are the same as yours. Interesting isn't it?

Anne-Kathrine said...

Hope you feel a lot better.

What a beautiful butterfly.

Good luck with the kitty adventure :)

Michelle Scott said...

What a lovely post! I'm captivated by your butterfly's name since the main character of my WIP is also named Xi, and he is the antithesis of a butterfly!

Feel better : )

Marianne Arkins said...

Mom, I'm hanging in there. Had to lie down around 9 a.m. because I was completely exhausted. Feeling a little better now.

Anne Katherine, thanks and HI! I'm just not sure what to do about the kitty ... will decide if and when I trap it (and see if it's totally feral, or someone's discarded pet).

Michelle, we randomly named our caterpillars this year. We started with the Greek Alphabet (hence "Xi") and have moved on to the hurricane names this year. We're up to "T" though, so might have to think of something else to use! Thanks for stopping by.

Brandy said...

Awww, Sorry to hear you're still feeling bad. Hugs on the whole thing.
Your butterfly is gorgeous! I hope it survived the storm.
I hope whatever decision you make regarding the cat, you're happy with.

Sending healing thoughts your way!

Melissa McClone said...

So pretty!

Keep the cat. Says the crazy cat woman! LOL!

Hope you feel better!!!!!