Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden

Yesterday, I did something I have wanted to do ever since I heard about it. What is it?  I visited the Strong Children’s Museum of Play!

This museum is kind of a one of a kind.  It is home to the idea that creativity stems from and often is born of, play.  The museum includes all kinds of things one might expect from such an exhibit (such as collections and historical finds) and one thing I found a bit unexpected! If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you will see that I am an amateur photobug that loves shooting nature.  When I discover something so wonderful as a butterfly “collection”, I am off!

It costs a bit extra to get into the butterfly garden, but in my own opinion, it was well worth it.  The big downside to the museum is that one is allotted one twenty minute visit to the butterfly garden.  This just was simply not enough time to see (and especially photograph) all I would want.  To complicate matters, I was carrying my camera and lenses…about twenty pounds I think, and it made it a bit more awkward.  Add to this the fact that one must tread lightly…caution must be taken to not only avoid stepping upon any butterflies resting on the path, but also tiny Button Quails.  Yes, there were oodles and oodles of these little birds hiding under lush greenery as well as meandering along the pathway! I am certainly not complaining; the experience was so awesome, making me think this was very much like the Garden of Eden. (well, except for the intense heat and humidity!!)

I won’t say anything more. Oh, except that there was also a caged Toucan which you will see amongst the butterflies.  Please enjoy!  I sure did!!!

Before I Say Good Night!

Today was a fun day for the kids.  We went to Darien Lake Theme Park for the day.  We met up with some other friends and spent a fun-filled day.  The kids rode rides and played in the water at the waterpark.  I walked around and was totally amazed when my foot didn’t hurt at all!  I even switched from wearing sneakers that I thought would provide great cushioning for the foot, to flipflops when I grew increasingly hot!  I had no problem with pain…..even walking about inn flipflops.

We got back home around nine-thirty. We stopped along the way at Tom Wahl’s to pick up some burgers and celebratory 99 cent floats. This was the last day to get the deal on the floats, so it seemed almost mandatory!

Here is a photo, untouched, that I took of a butterfly among the flowers….

It was a beautiful day.  The temperature stayed in the mid-eighties at the hottest, and there was a cooling breeze the entire day.

White Cabbage Butterfly

Yesterday, I saw a little white butterfly flitting all around the back yard.  I decided to go out and follow it a little, just in case it decided to land.

Talk about frustrating!  This little butterfly is the definition of the word “flitting”!  The tiny bugger would land momentarily and as it saw me bring the camera to my face, it would take off once again!

Well, being a bit of a diehard, I decided to fire off just a few photos.  I took a grand total of four.  Here are some results…

I was surprised these turned out, really!  A tribute to my awesome camera and lens! I also got one more butterfly.

I am so thankful that the blasted heatwave we were experiencing was short lived.  Two days of hot temperatures is too much!  Things cooled down enough today to feel much, much better!

Have a great weekend!

Some of this….and some of that!

My goodness!!! Usually by this time each year, we have taken the camper out for a weekend or two, but not so this year.  We are so busy, it seems we are constantly on the run. The poor little camper is left sitting in its winter parking spot with weeds growing around it!  Help!!!

On Sunday afternoon, we were back at my mother-in-law’s house.  The kids worked on getting a coat of paint on the primer they did last Friday.  It was hot and humid so I (generously or cunningly???) offered to wash her awning.  Mark said the awning isn’t retracting properly…it is motorized….so the scallop on the front was full of lichen and algae.  Yuck!  I dry brushed it first making a terribly dusty mess from the lichen.  Then I used RV awning cleaner.  It really did remove a lot of the stuff, but some lichen still remains.

After we finished up at Mark’s mom’s, we took a ride to Turning Point Park.  This is a park that runs along the Genesee River and has a great path for biking and hiking. Some of the photos are from that hike, while the Hummingbirds and others are from home.  If you hover over each photo, a brief description appears

I hope this entire summer isn’t spent being quite so busy, but if it is, I will be off with the camera, trying to make the most of it!

A BIG Workday at Grandma’s!

We had made plans to work at Mark’s mom’s house yesterday.  My mother-in-law had some yardwork that needed done and Mark told her we would be able to do it.

Well…*my* day did not begin as planned.  It seems Murphy had an upset stomach at about three in the morning, and he threw up all over the bed.  I rolled the blanket it landed on into a wad and figured I would wait until I awakened at a more “decent” hour.  Sure.  As I lie there, wondering if the wee wonder might throw up once again,  I became aware that the room was smelling like dog food. (Thankfully, it didn’t smell like vomit!)

I grabbed all the bedding and took it to the laundry sink in the basement. I rinsed everything well, then threw it into the washing machine.  On my way down to the basement, I had noticed there were dishes waiting to be washed so I began kichen cleanup before 4 am!  By the time I was done with dishes and cleaning the cooktop, it was almost five.  Too late to go back to bed, so I continued my household duties.

We left home around nine and went to Mark’s mom’s.  She has four garden areas that needed to be weeded and then have have fresh mulch put down, so I immediately went to work on the weeding.  The sun was beginning to shine and it was getting hot fast.  As I worked on the gardens,  Ben went up on the garage roof and began cutting branches from a tree that had been shading the roof.  The roof had suddenly turned green with moss growing all over it!  Mark decided the branches over the roof were creating far too much shade, so he had Ben take down quite a few limbs.

After the limbs were cut, Ben and Michelle worked to carefully scrape the moss from the roof.  The trick was to remove the moss without removing all the stone on the shingles. They worked for quite a long time and when they were done, the roof looked terrific!  The house will also be getting more light now, too.

As Ben was working, Mark noticed that the electric service lines on the side of his mom’s garage seemed to be hanging low….only eight or nine feet from the ground!  He called Rochester Gas and Electric and they said someone would be out that day or tomorrow.

When the kids came down from the roof, it was after noon and they were hungry.  We began hauling off the branches Ben had removed and as we finished, a Rochester Gas and Electric truck pulled up to take a look at the service.  Sure enough, the “neutral lines” were broken and there was about a six foot  space between them.

I had finished weeding and we estimated how many bags of mulch to buy, so we left as the men worked.  We picked up the mulch, then went to lunch.  When we returned, the men were gone and the sagging lines were now gone as well!  They were now nice and tight.

We worked on mulching, then Ben and Michelle scraped and sanded the steps on the back of the house.  They worked on that, then applied a coat of primer.  By the time we cleaned everything up, it was almost seven o’clock.  We left and made a couple of stops in Henrietta.  By the time we got home, it was ten!

Mark and I talked about it and were amazed at all the work we had accomplished in one day. The only downside is, we were all too tired to even think by the time we got home!!!

I did take a couple of photos yesterday….

One of this beautiful male cardinal that serenaded us as we worked!

And one of the awesome clouds that graced us with an amazingly colorful sunset!

Since I was too tuckered to post an entry last night, here are some photos from Thursday.

This is an incredible annual daisy planted in the front garden. I only wish these luscious yellow flowers were perennial! I love these!

And a wild daisy.

I wandered over to the leach field that is a cool “meadow” where I came upon a butterfly.  I loved the ethereal feel in these two photos….

Well, that’s it…hope you are having a delightful weekend!  After yesterday’s warm temperatures, we are feeling lots cooler today!

Quite the Collection!

This morning, upon going outside, I stumbled on quite a variety of moths…


This moth’s body had to be at least two inches long!

Then there was the weird moth….

The white moth….

And another moth…who was kinda cute…at least compared to the others!

Of course, the little Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly that allowed me to close right in on it to take photos was much more fun than the moths!


The absolutely weirdest thing I photographed today was something I made. 

We had lots of little things to do all day, so I was busy on and off.  About suppertime, I decided to try my hand at something I had seen on the internet.

What do you mean, what is it???

Why, it is a Turtleburger!!!!  That poor burger was a bit confused, though as I stuffed Kosher hot dogs in for the extremities, then added bacon on top!  I wasn’t thrilled about the bacon, as I do not even eat pork. 

Well, now I can hold my head up and be counted amongst those who have created this “delicacy”……