Another Busy Week is Passing By!

Every day the past week or so seems to be filled to the max with all sorts of activities.  We have been doing all sorts of things from running to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to running Michelle to work and both kids to college.  It would seem that every single day has some sort of adventure involved. I’m not complaining…if I just sat around all day, I am sure I would go stir crazy!

Today, I dropped Michelle off at school…before that, though, we had to run to WalMart for Michelle to pick up a couple of things.  After dropping Michelle off,  I came home and did some things around he house before Mark and I drove Ben to school. 

While waiting to leave with Ben, though, I spotted a small pale yellow butterfly out in the wild Bachelor’s Buttons.  I had to grab my Nikon so I could photograph the little flutter-by, but it was so hard as my tiny subject was very shy!

I Googled “pale yellow butterfly” and immediately found it is called a “Pale Clouded Butterfly” in Europe, or, “Sulphur Butterfly” here in the US.  What a pretty little thing this one is with large green eyes.  It is so unusual to see a butterfly this late in the year, too.  It was so beautiful as it sat amongst the wild Bachelor’s Buttons.  As an added bonus, I happened to capture another little critter….

You can see in the photo above that my little butterfly was once again fluttering its wings making for a tough shoot!

We dropped Ben off at school and then wandered over to grab some lunch.  We parked out behind Arby’s and I was thrilled to see Canada Geese floating in the pond back there.  There were so pretty and Mark commented they were all facing into a rather brisk wind coming from the west. 

There were also what seemed like endless Seagulls dipping and diving about.  Gulls don’t win a lot of points with me…their loud and obnoxious shrieks, as well as shameless begging just make me more aggravated than inclined to share any leftovers with them!  I did notice a small flock of Mallard ducks resting in a shady spot in front of a pickup truck parked in the lot.  They were so cute.

I opened my window….and…..(okay, what else would I do?)  quacked! Responding just like one would expect when a hunter uses a duck call,  my little duck friends got up and waddled over to see what I wanted!

They were so adorable!  Mark glanced at me a look that warned Don’t even *think* about it!  and I handed over my uneaten french fries to him.  I felt so bad….***until***………..I remembered my little bucket of cracked corn in the back of the truck!  I hopped out the door and scooped up a cupful of corn.

 As I walked over, the ducks had moved away from the truck, but those bold and irritating gulls kept swarming around.  I walked over to the ducks and they were about to hightail it until I offered the corn in a cup in front of me.  That piqued their curiosity and they gathered near.  I threw the corn in small handfuls to them and they were so delighted!  The gulls continued to hang above me as though suspended on invisible lines, but I shooed them away and surprisingly,they left the ducks alone to nibble contentedly on the treat of cracked corn.

As I was watching the ducks,  I noticed one that was limping so badly on its left leg.  Mark had pointed it out earlier to me….it had flown off into the water, then slowly moved its way up toward the other ducks, dragging its little bum leg behind.  I gently bent down and scattered corn in front of him and he gobbled as though half-starved.

I noticed that all the male ducks had really dirty heads!  We have had so much rain the past several days,  I guess it was hard for the fellows to keep clean.  I did find one single male who looked so clean, though.  He was nearly spotless!

Note the contrast between the dirty duck in the foreground and “Mr. Clean” in the back!

I could have sat enjoying the company of my little feathered friends for a long time, but I had a couple of trash bags full of water bottles and soda cans that needed to be returned to the store.  We hopped on over to Wegman’s and I returned all the cans and bottles.  We then relaxed….Mark had my netbook and he was browsing the web.  Perhaps I was feeling so peaceful from the combination of a full belly and the visit with the ducks, but I found myself dozing off, but alert enough to answer Mark when he talked to me. It was so difficult answering him, but I didn’t want him to think I was asleep….well, he did figure it out!

The weather was much warmer and drier than the past few days,  and the sunshine made me overheated, so we went on over to WalMart for a bit.  I needed a few things for supper, so I shopped there.  By the time I came out, we needed to head over to the college to pick the kids up. 

There is a huge helmet store located on our way home and Mark has been wanting to purchase helmets for himself and me for a long time.  We stopped by and I tried on at least ten or so!  I was having a hard time finding a good fit as I have a small head.  Mark found a helmet he liked, but was a bit on the undecided side.  Now, we have been to this store so many times, I was not wanting to go one more time.  I had a choice of three helmets, so I picked the one that Ben really liked on me.  I grabbed the one for me and one for Mark and headed to the checkout.  The store had already closed, so I wanted to get out!  Ah, one more thing to tick of on the (endless!!!!) check list!

We came home and I started some steaks on the grill.  Ben tended them for me, and I got some sweet potato fries into the oven, then made spinach dip for some corn chips I bought.   I fried some red peppers and onions in a little butter, then added the steaks Ben cooked (to perfection, I might add!).  I cut open two small sub roll sized french breads we bought yesterday at Sam’s Club and placed some pepper jack cheese on them. 

By the time I had done all this, I was so sleepy,  I headed upstairs to rest!  Michelle put the subs together and got everything assembled for dinner.  I skipped dinner, but was told it was really good.

Tomorrow, we are expected at Mark’s mom’s.  Ben will work with Mark on finishing the wall where Ben put up cement board and I need to (hopefully) sand the steps and railing on the sun deck and prime them.  I will paint them with their finish coat another day.

As I said, our days have been so busy.  We still have many things to do at home before it gets cold, but October is generally a fairly mild month.