Saturday, September 24, 2016

Grow local and from your area.

    Container gardening, for now is what I am doing for my butterfly garden. I have at this time 6 milkweed plants. I read at least 6 is good to start with. Now remember I am in NW Arkansas and I did my homework to see what milkweed was 'local' to my area.      
   Please always inquire if the nursery you are getting your plants are pesticide FREE!! So important. I am not an expert, but I can almost guess Wal-Mart or any plant retailer like that do use pesticide.
    Aphids can be an issue but because I checked my plants daily I was able to keep the insect at bay. I just used a tissue and removed them that way. OR a gentle washing with a hose will do the trick too. Invite ladybugs. They love to eat aphids! *smile*

 
Brown Eye Susan. It happens to like direct sun, so he's part to the collection.  

...and so an idea begins.


   Not much to look at, but it's a start. I had to find first what location would work best. That took a while. Milkweed, which Monarch's need to lay eggs on and eat need a lot of sunlight.

Butterfly bush in purple blooms. The taller pink is a Swamp and the orange/red is a Tropical milkweed. Now we wait...

Friday, September 23, 2016

A new project...Butterfly Gardening.

 
In 2005 my husband give me this book on my birthday. I used it to design a quilt for a friend of mine.



Here, all these years later, I've decided to make a butterfly garden. Gotta love the internet where I am learning so much from many amazing people. My sister included.

 

My experience with rearing Monarch butterflies in NW Arkansas

This part of my blog will be about my experience with rearing Monarch's in NW Arkansas. Part of the Ozark mountains. It all started with 6 milkweeds, one butterfly bush and nectar plant's earlier this spring (2016)



Monday, March 7, 2016

Yea! A week of birthday celebration~

The pic on the right is her first taste of cake...not so impressed.  Lol
 
I flew in a day before her first birthday and had a few days to help mom get everything ready for her party the following Saturday. I started a month before, making party favors. Since the theme was 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', I crochet facial cloths for moms in STAR shapes and even made toddler size bath cloths to match the theme.


 

 
 

Mini cupcake in the shape of ONE....and a time line wall of her clothes the past year.


 
More to come...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

My first week in Cool, California

Now remember, I had not held this precious grand daughter since she was 9 days old, so I had a whole year to make up for~
Time to unpack and pull out the handmade goodies....a little crochet poncho and hat. *smile*  At this point Penelope loves to point her finger!

 Here we are at her first 'Story time'. Not sure who was having more fun! I think I was. Penelope is not to sure what's going on. Didn't take long for her start really enjoying the puppets.  OH! This was her 1st birthday too~

 
 A few days later it was time for her first gymnastic play day. Her mom is a retired gymnast  and coach for cheerleading and gymnastic. Hence, starting her out early. 


                                               Working on her handstands....


This amazed me. When her mom tells her to tighten her knees, her hands go up and she balances on her own. WOW! Then she says 'YEA'.
 
Stay time to more post...there was so much to do and see in my 3 week visit.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

What a way to start the New Year!

 I spent 3 weeks in Cool, California with my youngest daughter and her lovely family. What an adventure that was. I was there for a few 'milestones' with my grand daughter
 
 Penelope Lee.
 
 
 
Here is part of the American River. So nice to see running water, as you can imagine, with the drought California is going through.


  Because it had be raining a bit, this are green now. Even had a couple of waterfalls popping here and there.

 


This was on the way to Cool. Such a lovely drive. I really enjoyed riding through the canyon. Such beauty. Later I will post pics of the hikes we took. The weather was chilly at times, but when the sun shines its down right hot.


I have so much to share with you. Check back later for more....*smile*

 
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Another adventure....this time with new places to eat!

 
 One of our walker/biking buddies ask a couple of us if we wanted to try out a new eatery! Well of course we do!
 

It was about a 30 drive one way to Washburn, Mo. with some of the most beautiful scenery ever. These pics do NOT do the view justice. One side trees and the other were cliffs.

 
Here it is! Brisket and Brisket BBQ. Well worth the drive. Fun, Food and Friendship!

                                               Wanda, Dagmar and I'm in the middle.


Now to The Jane Store for dessert! Upon entering the cutes little shop ever, we see a couple who walk with us in the AM. They were just finishing lunch with a piece of Peanut Butter pie! We joined them and the 3 of shared a slice of the best Cherry Pie 'a la Mode! This little place, we are told have the best Reuben Sandwiches on Friday. May have to return for that!  Not only can you eat there, but they also sell a lot of homemade goods like jelly, jams and other items. And end to a fun filled day! 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A nice 25 mile ride...

 
 
 

 This is a new area that was just planted and a cool resting area...I think it meets with the cows approval!


                           What an amazing picture! A message from above??!
 
 

                           A nice lake, such an wonderful day for being outdoors.




                                              
                                                  My beautiful Penelope Lee.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's been a great week...

 
 My daughter and her family dressed as Popeye, Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea for a Halloween Party.

 
I so love this picture...Is Penelope thinking.... Hummm, so that is what 'Sweet Pea' looks like???!!!!?!  

 
My biking buddies and I rode on Sunday. We discovered this hand dandy 'fix it' station for bicyclist. 


 
                         Look at all the cool tools too! They came in handy too!
                       The Razorback Greenway keeps getting better and better~

 
 On Monday a friend and I went out on a paddle boat after our 5 mile walk, on Lake Ann. One of 7 lakes in our lovely town.

                                       Love the reflection on the water.

 Then we went kayaking on Lake Brittany. Another lake of the other side of Ann.
Such a perfect day to be out on both lakes!
 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween





Here is Miss Abby. She is a 9 year old Pacific Parrotlet. I caught her taking a bath and was trying to capture her beautiful tail feathers. You can see a bit of the blues in her tail feathers.                          
 
 
 
 Catching the early sunshine on a beautiful 43 degree morning.


 
I just love our 5-6 mile daily morning walks...I never know what I will see...or hear in this case. First time to hear the horse!  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

 
                                Walk faster ladies, the vultures are circling us!


                              Kathy and I rode 10 miles this day. Fall is in the air~


My precious Penelope Lee was the 'flower girl' in her grandpa Saints wedding. First time to fly to New York and also visit Niagara Falls, Canada with mom and dad.

 
                        Mom helping Miss Pea tossing fall color peddles~  *smile*

 
    My solo 20 mile bike ride, such a lovely day and I don't want to miss a'thing!
                      Here newly trees were planted. Its such a lovely sight!

 
                         First time to see this...see what I miss when I am in a 'hurry'!

 
                       Just had to share. Bentonville is the 'home' of Wal-Mart.






 
This is part of  Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike trail. It is being referred to as 'epic'.
People from all over the United States come to ride, young and old alike.

It was a wonderful ride. In fact, any day out with 'Violet' is a great day.  *smile*