Musings

I’ve been very occupied with the state of things in the world recently, more so than usual, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida and to those in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, where over a thousand have died. People who are on the wrong side of climate change need not speak to me these days. Don’t even get me started about everything else that’s going on.

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
(RIP Heather Heyer and God bless her amazing Mom.)


That outdoor surveillance camera I bought has been interesting. I check the videos in the morning, hoping to see something interesting, but for the most, it has been cats, sometimes even two at the same time, seemingly hunting for mice. I was hoping for maybe a fox or a marten – maybe in time I’ll see something else. For now, it’s an interesting pasttime. And perhaps I should rest easy, knowing that there are no hordes of moose stomping through here in the night, trampling my flowers.*


At the beginning of the week, I mailed a photo of a freshly hatched swallowtail to the local newspaper, and a reporter came and interviewed me about all things caterpillars, butterflies, and the dropping numbers of their population. This morning, there was a half-page article about it in the newspaper – with pictures. I’m blushing at an alarming rate here.

Though glad that the butterflies are getting a bit more press 🙂


Anyhow, trying to get back into the “good” parts of the internet and will be checking everyone’s blogs this weekend. I’ve been much too distracted by current events recently. Apologies.


*There are no moose here. Just trying to be funny. It’s a wonderful picture in my head, moose trampling through 🙂

6 thoughts on “Musings”

  1. You are funny; in fact you always have been – and I loved the imagery of the tromping moose!
    So where is this lovely article then that my Doolittle/Cinderella friend contributed too?!
    I also saw a bit of Heather Heyer’s Mom; that I am hopeful will reach out across the globe – you would think that by now after all this bloody time that people in general would just be so fed up with the energy expended upon hate and hating ; which in the end just doesn’t add up or make any sense at all.

  2. Thank you. 🙂
    As for the hate part, I agree – what a waste of energy. But what’s worse, is those fanning the flames of hate.
    I’ll send you the .pdf of the article, but you won’t understand a single world – you’ll only see my (grumpy) picture.

  3. Being in the middle of “stuff”, it’s a lot easier to seek distraction from it. “Stuff” is still happening here, but indications are still that Alex and I will be fine where we are.

    I’m surprised that you haven’t caught anything but cats on your camera. Do you have it on in the day as well?

    1. So glad to hear that you and Alex are still fine and will be. While most of the news coming from Houston have been amazing in terms of just people helping other people unequivocably, there have been a number of tragic news as well. Sadly, those who are safe in shelters will probably end up coming home to houses that are uninhabitable – God bless them and I hope they will receive enough help to get back to their normal lives quickly.
      No, I don’t have the cam on in the daytime, as the 40-50 sparrows would keep it busy all day long.
      Really so glad that you are safe and dry, and out of harm’s way.

  4. One of the restaurants in town was open for the first time in a week today so we took advantage. I am so stuffed. They heaped food on the plates as if we hadn’t eaten in days.

    Aw. Sparrows. All we have right now are blackbirds.

  5. We have milkweed in our fiend, and although we mow to keep the mice population down, we mark the milkweed so it does not. We have wonderful butterflies here in the late summer and it’s wonderful!

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